Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Path to Recovering from Addiction
K10Yoga Outreach is happy to share the brilliance behind Refuge Recovery, a Buddhist approach to recovery. Classes are available across the nation from its home town of Los Angeles, to Phoenix and even a small town as Winston Salem, NC!
In 2016 K10Yoga Kula made a trip to Charlotte, NC for Wanderlust 108, a Mindful Triathlon. We ran the 5K, we took the yoga class, we settled into the meditation and it was amazing. The meditation stuck with me and I was intrigued by the man who spoke. I had not heard of Refuge Recovery and knew nothing of the sort. Meeting Noah Levine, reading his story, the beauty of his meditation… this was something to research more. Since my experience at Wanderlust and after attending a meeting myself at the home location in LA, this program is beautiful! If you, or anyone you know suffers from addiction, or even if you want to experience a meditation that gets real to life this group is amazing and offers an experience for transformation.
“Refuge Recovery is a mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist philosophy as the foundation of the recovery process. Drawing inspiration from the core teachings of the Four Noble Truths, emphasis is placed on both knowledge and empathy as a means for overcoming addiction and its causes. Refuge Recovery is a practice, a process, a set of tools, a treatment, and a path to healing addiction and the suffering caused by addiction.
We are asked to embrace the reality of cause and effect (karma). All of our actions have consequences. We know that, but we rarely consider this reality when we engage with life. We often simply ignore or pretend that we can get away with all types of habits and actions that we know cause harm to ourselves and to others. When we enter this recovery process we need to be aware of this reality, and start to take responsibility for our experience. Meditation practice allows us to look at the internal habits and thoughts of our own mind. Developing mindfulness is the most effective way to see this process. We can begin to get a sense of our relationship to pleasant and unpleasant experience, how this affects our habits of craving and in turn leads to grasping, clinging and attachment: This process is the basis of addiction.
No one can recover for you. We take refuge in the fact that we have the power to do so. No one can recover for you. You have to do the work yourself. Addiction is not your fault. Addicts have just developed a strategy for living that no longer works. We have become caught up in a habitual cycle that leaves us in a state of suffering and confusion.” |from Refuge Recovery|
Those struggling with any form of addiction greatly benefit when they are able to understand the suffering that addiction has created while developing compassion for the pain they have experienced. We hope to serve you, and meet you on the path. Meetings include meditation practice followed by open sharing and support. No meditation experience is necessary.
“As a person in long term recovery from drug and alcohol addiction Refuge Recovery was the thing that helped me take my recovery to the next level; A deeper spiritual level.”
Refuge Recovery is offered Each Wednesday at 6pm
983 Mar Don Dr., Winston Salem, NC
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