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Mindfulness and the 12 Steps: Living Recovery in the Present Moment
     

Mindfulness and the 12 Steps: Living Recovery in the Present Moment

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by Thérèse Jacobs-Stewart
 

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A fresh resource to help those in recovery from addiction find their own spiritual path through the Buddhist practice of mindfulness.

For those of us in recovery, Mindfulness and the 12 Steps offers a fresh approach to developing our own spiritual path through the Buddhist practice of mindfulness, or bringing one's awareness to focus on the present moment. We

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A fresh resource to help those in recovery from addiction find their own spiritual path through the Buddhist practice of mindfulness.

For those of us in recovery, Mindfulness and the 12 Steps offers a fresh approach to developing our own spiritual path through the Buddhist practice of mindfulness, or bringing one's awareness to focus on the present moment. We can revisit each of the Twelve Steps, exploring the interplay of ideas between mindfulness and Twelve Step traditions--from the idea of living "one day at a time" to the emphasis on prayer and meditation--and learn to incorporate mindfulness into our path toward lifelong sobriety.Through reflections, questions for inquiry, and stories from Buddhist teachers and others who practice mindfulness in recovery, Mindfulness and the 12 Steps will help us awaken new thinking and insights into what it means to live fully--body, mind, and spirit--in the here and now.

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Publishers Weekly
Part meditation guide, part self-help book, Jacobs-Stewart’s effort delves into the ways in which spirituality and mindfulness can coincide with effective recoveries. “In our addictions, we were never here in the moment. We wanted to be gone. Now we are learning to wake up to the joy of being alive.” The author, a psychologist and founder of the Mind Roads Meditation Center, takes readers through her own recovery and attempts to guide them through theirs. She shares her personal history: she comes from four generations of “Irish alcoholics... way back to the ‘old country.’” She talks of her pain, loneliness, drug addiction, and the decision to get professional help in her mid-20s, which proved a major step. Jacobs-Stewart (Paths are Made by Walking) also shares her encounters with Buddhism, providing details of meetings with monks, and includes instructions on how to maximize mindfulness daily, suggesting exercises that can help to clear minds and calm nerves, but her aim is often better than her execution. Though her own stories give the discussion personality and heft, her advice to readers bogs down with jargon, making her volume at times difficult to get through. (June)
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"With the artistry of a memoirist, Thérèse Jacobs-Stewart draws on her personal story and an impressive range of knowledge in psychology, spirituality, and the Twelve Steps to show us the way out of the morass of pain and confusion that addiction creates. Mindfulness and the 12 Steps is moving and inspiring, full of practical guidance."
--Kevin Griffin, author of One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps and A Burning Desire: Dharma God and the Path of Recovery

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592859870
Publisher:
Hazelden Publishing
Publication date:
05/20/2010
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
257,199
File size:
699 KB

Meet the Author

A counselor and woman in recovery, Thérèse Jacobs-Stewart, MA, LP, is the founder of Mind Roads Meditation Center, which integrates contemplative practices from both East and West and is home of the Saint Paul, Minnesota, chapter of Twelve Steps and Mindfulness meetings. She is also the author of Paths Are Made by Walking: Practical Steps for Attaining Serenity.

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Mindfulness and the 12 Steps 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Elmerj More than 1 year ago
The author takes us through each Step combining personal stories, Eastern Philosophies and mindful practices. Rather than following Steps on faith, we are given examples of how different methods can complement one and other. You get the best of both worlds. Doing the practices, you are able to experience change as you progress through the book. The daunting prospect of recovery is undertaken with calm confidence.
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