"That which you use to avoid your pain will end up becoming the source of your pain."
We may choose to call it spiritual transformation. You may choose to call it personal growth. Either way, it is a process of letting go of the old you: of releasing habitual patterns, belief systems, and ways of relating to the external and internal world. It is a process of getting rid of aspects of ourselves that no longer serve us, of graduating from behaviours and responses that enslave us – of embracing and allowing transformation. As such, it requires of us that we be prepared to leave behind a self that feels familiar, even comforting, in spite of its dysfunctional mechanisms. This is why change of this magnitude can seem daunting, intimidating, or downright scary. Because of this, it can be useful go gain some understanding of what really lies beneath our issues, both the malign and harmful habits and patterns, but also the deep yearning we have to transcend our present conditions and those things which drag us down, and find a fuller, happier life.
"Addiction itself can be a misguided spiritual search and many people find that when they get sober they have some longing in them, and that their addiction has been a longing for connection."
(Kevin Griffin One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps).
A sense of disconnection can pervade every aspect of our lives. We may feel disconnected from society, from others, from the world. We may feel unable to connect properly with our family, our friends, our work mates. We may feel disconnected from ourselves, from our bodies, from our emotions, from our sanity, will power and common sense. We may feel cut off from feelings such as happiness, satisfaction, and peace of mind. This can give rise to feelings of isolation, of inner emptiness, of insecurity, or of being all alone in an alien world. But reconnecting can begin at any moment, and with simple actions. Below are examples of tools that facilitate connection, on a physical, mental and collective level:
- Twelve Step Meetings: being in a community of people who are sharing their hopes, strengths and struggles as they walk their individual path to clean living.
- Yoga: connection to the body.
- Meditation: connection to one's inner space, and ultimately to one’s essential nature.
- Pranayama: connection to the breath.
These healing modalities are examples of fundamentals that will be incorporated into each individual client’s programme, in accordance with their needs and abilities. Profound change requires commitment, faith and courage, and often upheaval, inner resistance and doubt are encountered along the way. By helping you be kinder to your body, be more consciously aware in your mind, and feel stronger in spirit, we make sure you feel prepared for the transformation you will experience in your thinking, but most importantly in the space of the heart.
We will help you understand the relevance and effects of these practices, and show you how to adapt them and make the appropriate ones a part of your daily life. It takes time for openness and perseverance to bear fruit, but your first-hand experience will show you how your efforts are supporting your journey of recovery. And although these practices of healing and change alone have great potential to change lives, when integrated with recovery programs, the whole is, as the saying goes, greater than the sum of its parts, and life-changing possibilities become reality.The work we at BATH do with each client is an active process, each day we strive to meet you exactly where you feel you are at, emotionally and physically, and overall in your journey. Together we develop a program that will best support a shift in consciousness, beyond the quagmire of symptoms manifesting in each individual. It is the road to a wholesome, harmonious and well-rounded way of life. It is a path that leads onwards and upwards, and expands outwards. While one-on-one work helps to understand what works for your recovery and what does not, it is seen that recovery is not a solo endeavour. By slightly shifting the focus away from a self-centred perspective, the concept of “We” can be seen in a new light. The understanding dawns that “We”, not “I” recover. This is the connection, the power of the collective: I cannot – but we can.
Your program may include appropriate approaches and activities such as the following:
- Breath work
- Ayurvedic treatments
- Balinese Massage
- Balinese energy work
- Balinese theatre
- Balinese ceremony
- Balinese art
- Balinese purification