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THE YOGA OF RECOVERY
This book offers a yogic approach to recovery. It addresses, from the
perspective of consciousness, the specific needs of those who have had
any kind of traumatic past or who have been faced with any aspect of addiction.
Although this book is written for the individual, it also aims to advance
the recovery field itself. It presents a simple framework within which
the diverse theories of human development -- including the theories of
addiction, codependence, and the adult child -- can be understood. Such
a framework is called a paradigm. Those familiar with the philosophy of
science will be aware of the work of Thomas Kuhn, who said that major
advances in science require new paradigms.
A complete paradigm for recovery must include consciousness --
the most basic awareness of our existence. It is obvious that any discipline
is incomplete until it connects to consciousness: if we, the perceiver,
are left out of the picture, how real and practical is that science? The
consciousness-based recovery paradigm presented in this book allows us
to understand why some treatments are effective while others are not,
and to compare methods and see what is most useful.
The goal of this book is to build a bridge from addiction to enlightenment,
thus keeping us out of the river of suffering. We start by reviewing the
popular literature on addiction; thereby we construct a solid foundation
of knowledge on the shore we are familiar with. This is the first chapter.
Then we jump to the other side of the river and discuss a theory of the
complete personality -- introducing, in a straightforward way, the knowledge
of enlightenment. This builds a foundation of knowledge on the distant
shore. These are the first two chapters. They provide a larger context
within which we can go more meaningfully into the details of recovery.
A recovery program that includes consciousness must be a bridge that
spans from the darkness of addiction all the way to the furthest shore
of enlightenment. We build this bridge in chapter 3. In chapter 4, we
explain that the bridge has firm foundations (is based on ancient wisdom).
Two chapters later, in chapter 6, we establish that it is solidly constructed
(documented by research). The remaining chapters describe how to walk
the bridge. In chapters 5, 7, 8, and 9, we introduce various advanced
recovery techniques; we walk our talk right across the bridge. In chapter
10, we consider the possibility of getting everyone -- the whole of society,
all at once -- to the shore of enlightenment. In chapter 11, we cover
the remaining points -- bliss, behavior, and enlightenment -- necessary
for total recovery. Finally, in chapter 12, we list resources available
to help you master the knowledge. We also review common mental health
problems that tend to go along with an addictive background.
To some, the style of this book may seem unusual; this is not your typical
self-help book. It is a book of knowledge, almost a textbook, in which
I offer you -- through a well thought-out systematic teaching -- the benefit
of my study and experience over the past twenty-five years. I have worked
hard to make the concepts straightforward and clear, but haven't held
back important information or made explanations simplistic.
Because each chapter builds on the preceding chapters, it is best to
read the book sequentially. Take your time; a chapter a day is a good
pace. A second reading will pull all the concepts together.
WHERE THE KNOWLEDGE COMES FROM
The premises of this book are simple: our life gets better when we re-establish
wholeness of awareness; society's problems decrease when we remove stress
from the collective consciousness. These ideas come from Maharishi Mahesh
Yogi's Vedic Science. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is perhaps the world's
foremost educator of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. He is well
known as the founder of the Transcendental Meditation program. Maharishi's
Vedic Science offers complete knowledge. In this book, we focus on several
different aspects of vedic science. We will look, for example, at ayurveda
-- the science of life -- which specializes in solutions to physical and
behavioral problems. It is important to point out that vedic science --
including ayurveda, yoga, and all its other disciplines -- is not specific
to any group. It applies to all people in all cultures and at all times.
The purpose of this book, however, is to make clear how vedic science
is relevant to one sector of society -- those in recovery. That may not
leave out many people.
A WORD OF CAUTION
This book is not a first line of defense against self-destructive behavior.
If your addiction is life-threatening (such as alcoholism or any other
chemical dependency), or if you are hurting or being hurt by other people
(for example, by physical abuse, or gambling away the family's money)
then you need individual professional counseling before you read
any further. Join a self-help group -- such as those that use the Twelve
Steps -- for the knowledge and, especially, the support you will receive.
Few people find recovery easy; most need encouragement from understanding
friends to keep them going. After you have joined a support group and
have started counseling, then pick up this book again and continue reading.
When you finish this book, you will own the deepest essence of knowledge.
You will have a more profound and accurate understanding of the mind than
most Ph.D.s in psychology; a more useful and powerful understanding of
the workings of society than almost any sociologist or politician; a more
practical understanding of the body than a medical doctor who went to
Harvard; and a clearer understanding of Reality than even the greatest
of Western philosophers. You will, in short, be in an excellent position
to help yourself to a very fulfilling life.
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