Heart of Recovery
with Joseph Litven & Mary Goodman
The Heart of Recovery is a meditation and discussion group that brings together Shambhala Buddhist meditation practice with our individual paths of recovery from compulsive and addictive behaviors. Meetings are anonymous and confidential and explore the relationship of addiction and recovery to our personal paths as warriors, Bodhisattvas, and meditation practitioners.
We welcome everyone who wants to make the effort to abstain from their compulsive, addictive behaviors, and wants to integrate the strength, clarity, and basic goodness of Buddhist meditation into their recovery.
There is no charge for the meetings, but, of course donations to the operating costs of the Halifax Shambhala Centre are always welcome.
We will meet in the Tiger Room from 5 pm to 6 pm and then have the option of sharing a meal (donation only) together with A Taste of Goodness/Open House or eating together in the Tiger Room.
Meeting format includes:
• Meditation instruction and practice (if a Shambhala Guide, Meditation Instructor, or teacher is not present, the approved meditation instruction can be read).
• A topic offering in the form of a brief share, dharma talk (when an authorized teacher is present), or a reading.
• Sharing of personal experience and exploration by group members.
• Dedication of merit.
Dharma talks and readings draw on the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, which emphasizes the belief that our inherent nature as human being has a fundamental nature of goodness, warmth and intelligence. This nature can be cultivated through meditation and further developed in daily life, so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society. It is this fundamental goodness that provides the ground for us to overcome our constant struggle to escape the present moment through addiction, fantasies and conceptual stories, grasping and clinging, and closing down to ourselves and our world.
Shambhala teachings provide a practical path – grounded in meditation – to support recovery from addiction, ego-clinging, and the small-minded “me plan” that repeatedly leads us to suffering, discontent, and harmful actions. The Shambhala path of warriorship supports practitioners not only connecting to our inherent goodness, warmth, and intelligence as human beings, but also in engaging with our world as further manifestations of these qualities.
Additional Notes on Heart of Recovery Meetings
- As an offering of the Shambhala Centres, these meetings fall under the direction of the Shambhala Centre's hosting them (this applies to groups that are hosted at the Centre's main address or at off-site locations).
- The Heart of Recovery is not affiliated with any 12-step program nor does it specifically adhere to the 12 Traditions associated with 12-step programs.
- Wisdom from various 12-step and other recovery programs will enter Heart of Recovery through the experience and shares of some of its members.
- The Heart of Recovery welcomes and brings together individuals touched by addiction. This includes individuals recovering from substance and behavior based addictions as well as those whose lives have been impacted by friends and family members’ addictions.
- Heart of Recovery is intended to support individuals in recovery whether they are currently in a program of recovery or not. However, it is not intended to replace 12-steps, inpatient or outpatient rehab programs, or any other model of recovery.
See also www.HeartofRecovery.org