Heart of Recovery

November 9th (2017)

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    Room: Drala Room

    The Heart of Recovery is a meditation and discussion group focused on recovery from compulsive and addictive behaviours. We come together to sit and to share about the intersection of mindfulness and recovery in our lives. Meetings are open to anyone who identifies with addictive patterns, and no meditation or recovery experience is necessary to attend. We share from the perspective of our personal experience, drawing on the teachings and practices that have helped us maintain and grow in our recovery - including Shambhala teachings, the Dharma, and other recovery-oriented wisdom like that found in the Twelve Steps.

    Meetings are anonymous and confidential. There is no cost to attend. Donations to cover the operating costs of the Halifax Shambhala Centre are welcome, but entirely voluntary.

    We meet every Thursday at 7pm in the Drala Room (upstairs) and meetings are typically an hour to an hour and a half in length.

    Meeting format:
    Moment of silence / settling-in meditation
    Reading or topic (selected by that week’s facilitator)
    15 minute silent meditation
    Sharing of personal experience by group members
    5 minute closing meditation
    Dedication of merit.


    Additional Notes on Heart of Recovery Meetings
    1 As an offering of the Shambhala Centres, these meetings fall under the direction of the Shambhala Centres that are hosting them (this applies to groups that are hosted at the Centre's main address or at off-site locations).
    2 The Heart of Recovery welcomes and brings together individuals touched by addiction. This includes individuals recovering from substance and behaviour-based addictions, as well as those whose lives have been impacted by friend’s and family member’s addictions.
    3 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 does, however, often enter Heart of Recovery meetings through the experience and shares of some of its members.
    4 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 Step participation, inpatient or outpatient rehab programs, or any other model of recovery.