Spirituality, for me, if you look at the roots, means something to do with the mind, dealing precisely with the mind and the way you experience the world.¹ ~ Matthieu Ricard
Spirituality is lived in six experiences: the sense of being freed/released, a real gratitude, a genuine humility that opens to a generous tolerance, a pervasive forgiveness, and a deep discovery/sense of "being at home," of having found a communion that is more than mere community.² ~ Ernest Kurtz
Experts agree that a spiritual life (not to be confused with religious life) can aid in recovery from addiction. Activities are designed to examine and experience, in a secular context, the role of spiritual practice in individual recovery. Believers and non-believers can explore meditation, art, music, ritual, and topics such as secular spirituality. They may discover new paths to awareness, release, tranquility, and joy. Brian O'Shea has a special interest in walking meditation and labyrinth walking, opportune activities for both staff development and patient engagement.
Discover the sheer simplicity of taking the twelve steps in four one-hour sessions. Back to Basics has proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that spiritual awakening can be a direct result of taking the twelve steps. Brian O'Shea was trained by Wally P., whose study of archival material led to the Back to Basics method of taking the twelve steps in one day—a practice developed by Dr. Bob himself. Back to Basics offers insight and renewal to people in recovery. For clinicians and other staffers not in need of recovery, Back to Basics will provide an introduction to the power of the twelve steps in action.
¹Ricard, Matthieu interviewed by Krista Tippett, producer, July 20, 2017. Happiness as Human Flourishing (audio podcast). Ricard is the author of The Quantum and the Lotus: A Journey to the Frontiers Where Science and Buddhism Meet (2004) and Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill (2007).
²Kurtz, Ernest interviewed by White, William L., MA. Spirituality and Addiction Recovery: An Interview with Ernie Kurtz, PhD. Advances in Addiction & Recovery, Winter 2014. Kurtz is the author of The Spirituality of Imperfection (1993) and Experiencing Spirituality (2015).