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Lincoln, Nebraska : Mindful Recovery Meeting

Venue: Alene's House

Day: Mondays

Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Type: Mindful Recovery Meeting

Address: 1834 Ryons Street, Lincoln, NE, 68508

Mindful Recovery-Lincoln is a support and discussion group for people working through recovery issues. The focus is on substance abuse and mental health, but any life issue can be addressed. The group is facilitated by Angie Apthorpe, LADC/PLMHP.  Everyone who is interested in using the practice of mindfulness to increase wellness is welcome to attend. Any meeting attendee can propose a topic for discussion. No experience in meditation or other prerequisites are required--just come as you are. If you have a meditation cushion or seat you are welcome to bring it. Otherwise, chairs and mats are provided.

The first half-hour to 45 minutes of group time is spent discussing an issue related to mindfulness and recovery. The last part of the meeting is spent in meditation. We get much of our information for the group from Eastern traditions, especially Buddhism, which has a history of using mindfulness as a spiritual practice. But we use contributions from any religious, spiritual, or secular tradition.

Mindful Recovery techniques can be used successfully by anyone in recovery. Many find the approach to be a good accompaniment to their current recovery process, such as 12-step programs and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Mindful Recovery Meeting Format

Welcome to the Monday night Mindful Recovery Group, this meeting is open to people with any addiction and to any individuals choosing abstinence from intoxicants or addictive behaviors as their preferred lifestyle.

For the privacy of our members, we announce ourselves by our first name only, without disclosing our particular addiction, if any. It is important to remember that we also encourage confidentiality regarding topics discussed at the meetings.

In the spirit of this intention, let’s introduce ourselves as we feel comfortable and welcome any new comers.

The group is open to people of all backgrounds, and respectful of all recovery paths. The group promotes total abstinence, mindfulness and meditation, and is grounded in the Buddhist principles of non-harming, compassion and interdependence. However, it is important to acknowledge that you do not have to be a Buddhist to adopt or to adapt any of the principles discussed, and meditation practices explored.  We begin our meeting with a topic or reading, brief discussion, and then a 15-20 minute sitting meditation, and if time allow a brief discussion of your meditation experience. Feel free at any time to ask questions or give input. We do not follow a specific sharing format, it is open floor. We do ask that you limit your sharing to allow everyone time to share and to be able to discuss the topic. Tonight’s topic is ________.

Quick Meditation Orientation

• Sit with your back straight, eyes gently shut or barely open looking at the floor
• Breathe naturally
• Notice where the air enters your nose put your attention there
• Count your breaths up to 10 and backwards down to one
• If you lose place start back at one
• Remember: Non judgmental awareness is important, don’t beat yourself up for losing your place that is the nature of mind.

After meditation the group can discuss next week’s topic or any other announcements/house keeping items.

Metta Prayer (Close of meeting)

May all beings be happy
May all beings be safe
May all beings be at peace
May all beings free from suffering and the causes of suffering
May all beings awaken to the light of their true nature
 
Contact : Angie Apthorpe. Tel. (402) 613-1347 Email:
angieapthorpe@msn.com

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