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John Schwary is CEO of Transitional Living Communities, a 850-bed recovery program he founded in Mesa, Arizona January 9, 1992 when he had a year sober. He's in his 27th year of recovery.

In these posts, he views life mostly through the lenses of recovery. While the blog is factual, he sometimes disguises events and people to protect anonymity.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Being Here

I read a story about a nun who had left a Buddhist monastery after several years.

Because she’d been away from society for so long she went to a therapist to help her adjust.

For one thing, she was surprised about how fast everyone was moving. For example, while at a subway station in New York she was amazed that everybody was running from one train to another.

The therapist asked her why. And she replied that in her belief system people were happy wherever they were. Thus, they didn't hurry to get somewhere else.

Mindfulness meditation teaches us the same thing.

We learn to live in the moment, to be happy wherever we are right now. And if that's the way we're living, then we're being mindful.

Many of us addicts spend our lives rushing from one place to another – looking for the next great thing. Trying to avoid pain and seek pleasure. Then we discover we're on a treadmill that leads nowhere.

We're already here. If we live in the moment, then we can enjoy our lives.