Why meditate? A resident’s story of how adding meditation to her ‘portable toolkit’ helped her get through stressful situations with calmness and peace.
Josh Korda and Kathy Cherry facilitated a “360 Degree Mindfulness Retreat” in February. We took that chance to sit down with them for an interview. In Part I they talk about DharmaPunx, recovery, and what Buddhism has to do with cookbooks.
In Part II of the interview, Josh Korda and Kathy Cherry talk about why there is no real healing without connection, the importance of community, how both Buddhism and psychology can benefit each other and the meanings of their tattoos.
My mother is a drug addict. My father was absent. I ended up as an addict myself, involved in criminal activities, gangs, etc, and sold drugs in order to make ends meet. Later on, a boyfriend got me involved in the sex industry.
I became an addict because I became friends with people that were experimenting with drugs. My drug became hash and I ended up a smoker for about 25 years. Some of my friends died and some survived along the way. I’d like people to understand that there’s no one that is an addict for no valid reason.
Growing up in a tough environment, drugs were prevalent in my community. When people were happy they took drugs and drank, and when they were sad or disappointed they took drugs and drank. I was given my first drink of Guinness at the age of five; and was drinking steadily by the age of twelve.
I suffered depression for many years, and later realised that I hadn’t been able to grieve the end of my 1st marriage in 1981. Eventually I decided I couldn’t go on like that any longer… I have been sober now for 18 years, and still take one day at a time.
Sebastien from Belgium has been at New Life since December 2013, first as a resident, then as a volunteer. He hopes to give back to the community all the healing and support he has received here. In this blog post he talks openly about his addiction problems and how New Life helped him on his way to recovery.