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    Calming the Fires – Allostatic Load, Window of Tolerance

    Part 4: Balance in the Nervous System -Allostatic Load, Window of Tolerance This is where we encounter something called 'allostatic load.' Now, 'allostasis' is the process by which our body seeks to maintain stability, or homeostasis, through change. It's like a scale, constantly adjusting to keep balanced. But when we're exposed to repeated stressors, this scale can get tipped. The constant 'wear and tear' on our bodies, the continual need to adjust and readjust, can lead to what's known as allostatic load or overload. In the context of addiction, this allostatic load can become a heavy burden. The compulsion to seek and take a drug, the loss of control in limiting intake, and the emergence of a negative emotional state when access to the drug is prevented, all contribute to this load.

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    Balancing Our Nervous System – The CNS and Stress

    Balancing Our Nervous System - The CNS and Stress The Dysregulated Addict: Finding Spiritual Regulation Series Pt. 3 Happy First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma Day The 12-Step Buddhist Podcast Episode 098 Part 3: Balance in the Nervous System - The CNS and Stress

  • The Dance of the Nervous System – Sympathetic and Parasympathetic; Finding Spiritual Regulation Series Pt. 2

    Finding Spiritual Regulation Series Pt. 2 Episode 2: The Dance of the Nervous System - Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Deep dive into the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems Their roles in stress, relaxation, and recovery Practical ways to balance these systems for better mental health

  • The Dysregulated Addict: Finding Spiritual Regulation in Recovery Series Pt. 1

    Do you get distressed easily in sobriety? You may have a disregulated nervous system. If so, it's important not to compare your insides with anyone else's outsides. In Compassionate Recovery: Mindful Healing for Trauma and Addictions, we gain an overview of what is happening in our brain and body when it comes to trauma, addiction and recovery. All are welcome. No experience necessary. Join us for meditation and discussion on topics that you can apply to your recovery right away. 

  • Into the Fire; How to Transform Experience into Dharma

    Everything is the path to enlightenment.  The ground is everywhere.  We can't step anywhere exept deeper into Teaching. More authentically into practice.

  • Curb That Dharma Ego

    What is ego, and how does it affect our practice as Buddhists in Recovery? When we practice Dharma, are we taking refuge in our identity, apparently concrete and permanent sense of self, or are we working to let go, to discover our real nature, same as all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the Three Times and the Ten Directions. No different. To understand this context, in this sense of the Teaching, one must find a qualified Master and receive detailed instructions on how to overcome samsara without resisting our suffering, or our Buddhahood. Listen in as we practice and discuss the how and why of Dharma in Recovery, instead of constructing an even more elaborate and sophisticated trap, called the Dharma Ego.

  • Taking Refuge in Compassion

    We have to understand our condition to empower ourselves into a trajectory beyond suffering. How to arrive at this understanding, and then integrate this real, non-artificial Buddha Superinteligence that is our real condition, as blind as most of us are to that. The teachings afford us opportunities to tap into, develop and maintain our true state of Absolute Compassion, the only deity we'll ever need. Let's yack about it and do some practice on this week's episode.

  • Birth of the Birthless; Refuge and Bodhicitta in Daily Life pt. 3

    Buddha's Birthday - Saka Dawa If you were born after the 70s, your ideas of Dharma are probably your grandmothers, or even great grandmothers. So this here what we do on the podcast, this ain'tcher granny's dharma, y'hear? Listen in and listen up as we break it down as to exactly what it means to be born into the birthless, just like Buddha.

  • Compassion Breath; Refuge and Bodhicitta in Daily Life pt. 2

    As within, so without. Join us this week for a compassion meditation that is as close as you can possibly get to actual compassion. Apply this to recovery, as Dharma practitioners who are in recovery. I'm not an addict practicing Dharma. See the difference? Listen in for some clarity.

  • Recovery Flow State; Refuge and Bodhicitta in Daily Life pt. 1

    The notion of getting into a flow state, otherwise known as zen af, while maintaining our sobriety and living to our full potential. As Bodhisattvas on the path of recovery we can affect those around us with our own stable practice. To reach a calm state, and share gratitude, generosity and compassion with others from this place untouched by trauma, unscarred by addiction. Join us.