February 9, 2013 by Dr. Bob Weathers
Please notice the new caption under my name above:
Dr. Bob Weathers
Recovery from Addiction in the Now
Why the new blog title?
I intend here to focus primarily on positive psychological (including 12-Step) approaches to recovery from addiction. One of my key interests is in integrating insights from sacred traditions around the world.
There will be references to historic religions (e.g., Christianity, Buddhism), particularly the more interior, or contemplative, expressions of those faith traditions. But also, I’ll be looking at more modern and contemporary approaches to spirituality: from 19th-century American philosopher and poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson, to one of the primary spiritual teachers of the 21st century, Eckhart Tolle.
My reference to “in the Now” is made with the intent to incorporate — into our explorations here of recovery from addiction — a perspective articulated well in Emerson’s thinking:
“We must set up the strong present tense against all the rumors of wrath, past or to come.”
If by “wrath,” we understand Emerson to be referring to regrets about the past, or worries about the future, then his plea for living in “the strong present tense,” the Now, might well be worth our serious and sustained attention!