How Yoga and Meditation Help People Suffering from Addiction

The benefits of practicing hatha yoga and meditation are many! It would take me quite a long time to discuss them all! I also believe it is safe to say that these positive benefits can be felt by anyone who applies them to their lives. If you have not already, try for yourself! Yes…anyone and everyone will benefit from making these practices part of a well rounded healthy lifestyle! Some of you may already be finding that to be true and if so, good for you!

While teaching yoga and meditation at a drug and alcohol recovery facility for the past four years, I have seen first hand the profound role these practices can play in general and in recovery specifically. I run mandatory groups throughout the week in both the residential and outpatient facilities of a recovery center. Many of the people in my class would not voluntarily choose to go to a yoga or meditation class, possibly ever in their lives. It has been incredibly moving to bear witness to the transformative effect both hatha yoga and meditation have played in the lives of countless numbers of people willing to try something new, as they make an  effort to turn their lives around in inspiring ways.

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Alive Forever : A Music Film with a Liberating & Comforting Message for All

Every now and then we hear news of death or any mishap like natural calamity, road accidents; diseases from different sources like newspaper, TV PBS stations, from relatives, social media and so on. We naturally get sad, and it’s quite difficult to digest this fact. And most of us wonder, is it going to happen with me also, yes death could happen, may be naturally by age or by accident. As we know from our experience that the event of death is most inevitable and it creates much misery.

This has been the primal reason of anxiety among us; we search for a way to come out of this anxiety. We cannot disagree the thought of death conquers our heart and mind. We seek shelter, we want inner peace. We want to be alive forever; the person inside us wants to live eternally. From the ancient scriptures we come to know…

“Know that which pervades the entire body is indestructible. No one is able to destroy the imperishable soul. – Bhagavad Gita 2:17”.

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Poem: If We Become Lovers……

Name? Date of Birth?

Have you married before?

Yes, millions of times!   How long I endure.

Where are my offspring, my descendants, my kin?

Vanquished to the past, as the wheel spins again.


And all the time talking, and the flicking of pages,

lifetime upon lifetime, dragging this corpse through the ages.


And all the time passing, the calendars turning,

while I drown through the changes, the twists and the churning.

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Magpie Mum

Today I heard insistent bird cries, repeated refrains which roused my curiosity. I’ve never had the Dr Dolittle skill myself (well, the ‘do little’ part maybe, but not the linguistic side), however I have a friend who, incredible though it may sound, spent a couple of weeks being able to understand the birds.  One day they were just twitter, twitter, twitter, tweet, tweet, tweet, musical backing to whatever else was going on in his life, and the next day, he was being distracted by working conversations regarding the availability of food, who is chasing who, and get off my branch thank you!  He was very relieved when the ability disappeared as if it had never happened, and the bird speech reverted to bird song. Continue reading Magpie Mum

Controlling the Mind

Recently I had an intense discussion with a friend about dealing with our own minds, and helping others deal with theirs — makes it sounds rather like have pets, or children doesn’t it?

Occasionally over the years I have been offered cute kittens, and I have always said no my argument being that if I was going to have kittens I might as well have kids. At least you can travel with children. Then one day I saw an offer on my work intranet offering to give away a worm farm. I considered the level of responsibility required to keep worms as pets, and decided I could handle that! If you don’t feed them for two weeks they survive fine. So now I have a worm farm and my veggie garden loves me for it. But although the worms are quiet and undemanding, my declining the responsibility of anything needier still left me having to handle a raucous and demanding companion – my mind! It is a grasshopper one that jumps from one subject to another and tries to pull everyone along with it. Some people speak of “the monkey mind” because of this general tendency that all minds have, but mine is a particularly hyperactive one. Continue reading Controlling the Mind