Zazen as Medicine?
“We can put the drug companies out of business if we learn to tap into our own natural highs through meditation.” This is what I told the patients at the residential drug and alcohol treatment program that I worked at. During my priest training at Mount Equity Zendo I offered zazen and yoga for those in recovery once a week for three years between 2010 – 2013.
I consistently heard feedback from the residents going through opiate withdrawal how much better they felt after engaging in meditative practice, and this made me realize what a service meditation could be – whether in stillness or in movement – for folks dealing with drug addiction. I don’t see zazen as THE answer, but it’s certainly an important piece. Read More