Today a young woman from NY showed up at the Vietnam ashram asking for Durga. She is in recovery, and in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) for 2 weeks to help her sister move here. She wrote a friend in NY (YoR retreat guest) who told her we were here, so she came on 2 buses and a motorcycle taxi to visit. It was lovely to share our experience, strength and hope together. She’s taking our YoR and Vietnam ashram brochures to her new recovery friends in Ho Chi Minh City now – small world eh?
I am grateful for fellowship and connections
Here is the link to AA in Ho Chi Minh City, http://www.aahcmc.com/
This is a wonderful 20 minute talk on “The Power of Vulnerability” from Brene Brown, compliments of TED.com
We often get to these kind of discussions and realizations in our Yoga of Recovery sessions, it is amazing to be around people who are becoming open to accepting their vulnerability and all the gifts it offers.
I enjoyed reading this blog post from David Crow, author and founder of MedicineCrow and Floracopeia Aromatic Treasures. David is an expert in the field of botanical medicine, natural health and ecological sustainability. He is a master herbalist, aromatherapist and acupuncturist with over 30 years experience and is an expert in the Ayurvedic and Chinese medical systems..
I am comfortable on my meditation cushion, wrapped in the silent darkness and shining constellations of winter Solstice.
Many wise teachers have shared their contemplative practices with me, but there is one practice I come back to more than the others: listening to the heart. No one taught me this, however; I discovered it myself, which is like saying I discovered that I am breathing. So many spiritual insights are like this, yet we think illumination somehow lies outside the fabric of our own being.
I am listening to the pulsation of my heart. Join me…it is easy and very profound. My right thumb is resting on the radial artery of my left wrist, where the pulse rises and falls.
The artery undulates as the waves of nutrient fluid pass through it. If we listen attentively, the wandering mind will gradually become calm and steady, and in this flowing together of heart and awareness there are many revelations waiting to be known.
Below is a link for an article written by one of our Yoga of Recovery counselors, Alicia, from our NY July 2011 course. It is for a contest to win a scholarship for a yoga teacher training. The winner of the article is the article with the most votes.
It’s a great article from a dedicated fellowship sister. To vote, please read and leave a comment or share on Facebook or Twitter.
Here is the link: Yoga One Day at a Time
The therapist I saw in early recovery (12 years ago) sent me this,
made me laugh and we need a sense of humor in life!
When I see this it makes me wonder about all the resons we have this much medication that needs to be safely gotten rid of – are they overprescribed? people are not ‘compliant’ with them? they improve without them? they seek other ways to feel better?
Here is a great introduction to dosha-balancing yoga from Banyan Botanicals.
This is a great lecture about recovery from mental disorders from Patricia Deegan. It addresses recovery aspects that also can apply to recovery for alcoholics and addicts.