Entries by Avi

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Bee’s Books – January 2019

My son and I had a weighty talk tonight about an important annual  tradition. It takes a commitment to honesty and a specialized vocabulary to talk about this subject. “Do you want to watch the theatrical release or the extended version of The Lord of The Rings? Remember that the theatrical release is only 9 […]

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Refuge Recovery Beginner’s Guide

Refuge Recovery Literature Committee The decision to recover from addiction—to substances, habits, people, whatever—can be terrifying. The feeling is often one of loss, of isolation and deprivation. One of the first and greatest challenges many of us faced was finding a safe and stable place where we could begin to heal: a refuge, in other […]

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Message from the Refuge Recovery Board of Directors

Dear Sangha, As part of our ongoing commitment to keep the Refuge Recovery global sangha informed to the best of our ability, we are providing this update to our November 2, 2018 Bulletin. As we reported then, the Refuge Recovery Board of Directors has been in discussions with Noah Levine for the past year about the use and […]

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Refuge Recovery Mentoring Program

by Scott | December 2018 Friendship is the most important element in the spiritual path.  Kalyanamitta means “Spiritual Friend.”  To seek out and find deep relationships with each other is crucial to transformation.  We need support for our practice.  For our abstinence.  For renunciation of addictive behavior.  And we can find that support in our […]

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Bee’s Books – December 2018

I got sober in a Hazelden facility, and they were pretty heavy into AA. You had to show that you went to meetings. I got in trouble because I wouldn’t go. I was fine with the first three steps. Yeah, I think I’ve proven I’m powerless over alcohol! And obviously I need a power greater than […]

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Refuge Recovery Lincoln & Omaha

We started Nebraska Refuge Recovery in Lincoln in March 2018 and the Omaha meeting in July 2018 and currently have 2 meetings per week, Monday and Wednesday. Fellowship is fostered outside of the meetings by being in constant communication with one another. We regularly attend social events such as concerts and movies together, we eat […]

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International Sangha Bulletin – November 2, 2018

As you know, the controversy around Noah Levine has put great strain on our community. We hear regularly, directly and via social media, that there is hope that the Board is taking action to support the Refuge Recovery name and the groups around the world. Simply hearing that “the Board is aware” and “the Board […]

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Bee’s Books – November 2018

May I be filled with compassion. At least once a week, I meditate upon this phrase, with myself as the one I am offering compassion to. Blah! That’s almost as bad as this one: I offer myself forgiveness. Double blah! I’ve been working with these phrases for over three years now, and while I have […]

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I Am Responsible

by Tyler Lewke | September 2018 Author’s preface: In the aftermath of months of discord within our larger Refuge Recovery community and my local sangha, I have had the opportunity again and again to observe my own behavior and check in on how my practice is really doing under pressure.  It’s been ugly and beautiful.  […]

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Bee’s Books – October 2018

FREEDOM! God, I love Aretha Franklin. Who will ever forget her belting that out? Freedom was what I craved, and what was always impossibly out of reach. Freedom from depression, self-loathing and despair. Freedom from that four o’clock drink that ended in blackout night after night. I waited until the afternoon because I knew that […]