Hello my friends,
As many of you know I have been working on a writing project entitled, Ethical Mindfulness. I am very happy to report that the ebook is now live and available for purchase for only 2.99$. It is available in variety of formats and websites. I have provided a link to the amazon location below as I trust that is the most popular format. It can also be found in I-tunes books.
I am in several conversations about getting a contract for a full length printed book and the success of this ebook will play a critical role. If you are an e-reader please consider buying a copy. If you have outreach potential with facebook, twitter, email list and so forth, I would be very grateful if you could take a few minutes and do anything you can to get the word out and support this effort.
Much love to you all, Below is some text that may also be helpful.
Dave Smith is a Buddhist meditation teacher, addiction treatment specialist, experienced speaker, and published author. Dave is trained to teach Buddhist meditation by Noah Levine. He has extensive experience bringing meditative interventions into jails, prisons, youth detention centers and addiction treatment facilities. He is the guiding teacher and program director of the Against the Stream Nashville Meditation Center and teaches over 300 meditation classes and workshops a year. He provides direct services for mental health agencies, public libraries, and speaks nationally at Addiction and Behavioral Health conferences. Dave recently relocated to Los Angeles.
There is no limit to what can be said about the practice of mindfulness. New areas of science, such as the field of contemplative neuroscience, are emerging to study the affects of mindfulness meditation on the human brain. Buddhist scholars continue to put out new theories about how the mind was understood and practiced by the Buddha 2500 years ago. Despite the increasing diversity of views and opinions among different mindfulness communities, one thing remains clear: mindfulness has positive mental and emotional consequences for those who practice it. Within the mainstream, mindfulness practice has been reduced to a science of attention training with no emphasis placed on the role of ethics. As mindfulness enters a world with epidemic anxiety, depression and stress the need for practices that hold non-harming as a core value is overwhelmingly obvious and without significant remedy.
For mindfulness to function properly, a matrix of skills and abilities is required. It requires a whole range of applications that balance cognitive skills with ethical qualities. It provides us the ability to view our lives from a new and much wider perspective. It allows us to apply critical thinking and discernment, logic, ethics, and an openness to question old ideas and core beliefs. It allows for personal change and transformation. It supports confidence and trust that we can overcome the challenges that we face.
The Refuge Recovery program blends Buddhist meditation and philosophy with evidenced-based psychotherapy models that have been shown to be effective with addiction. We offer a wide range of programming such as: mindfulness-based relapse prevention, CBT, EMDR, somatic experience, attachment theory, internal family systems, yoga, motivational interviewing, art therapy, anger management, intensive writing workshops and mindfulness-based living skills.
The treatment program utilizes a holistic approach that incorporates the mind, body, family, and spirituality. Our services are trauma-specific and provide a supportive environment for people to develop self-regulation skills and gain the ability to process the suffering caused by their addiction. Individualized treatment plans include one-on-one sessions with a psychiatrist, psychotherapist, and personal case manager to ensure both a linear continuity of care and optimum recovery efficacy.