by Tommy Rosen
I’ve never met an addict who lacked passion, enthusiasm and devotion. The extent to which one must go to become an addict, to remain an addict and ultimately to arrive at the shore of his own demise is unmistakable and rare. Devotion can kill you or it can save you. Unfortunately, for most people lost in the grips of addiction it is the former.
Yet, for those who are able by grace or perhaps by cosmic accident to attract the unseen and formidable power needed to recover, they come to know that their devotion remains strong whether directed to the dark or to the light. In recovery your devotion can lead you into the full expression of the calling of your heart.
And why else be clean and sober? If addicts hate anything it is mediocrity. We want to go all the way, to shoot for everything there is to shoot for. And that is total freedom of the spirit to express itself through the mind and body. Nothing else will do for us. Anything less feels restrictive and painful. We have to shoot for the moon. If this is our weakness or brokenness in active addiction, in recovery it is our greatest strength.
This is perhaps why I was drawn into the co-creation of Recovery 2.0. I was saved by the 12-Steps and the love of many members of its fellowships, but I was not seeing examples of people who were truly free. And I certainly wasn’t either. I was as mired in addiction as I had ever been at 12 Years sober. Only now, instead of using drugs and alcohol, I was gambling, smoking cigarettes and stuck in codependency. But my devotion to the path of recovery did not wane even in those darker days.
I have the 12 Steps to thank for providing me a solid foundation, without which I may not have been able to benefit from what was to come next.
I found what I was looking for in the path of yoga as taught to me by a Kundalini yoga teacher named Guruprem. When I first sat in his presence, two things came clear: I had never been in the presence of a truly contented human being and this man was one. We all need examples of victory. Guruprem was an example of victory over the mind, victory over his own shortcomings, which he lovingly and humbly shared with me over time.
I interviewed Guruprem again for this upcoming Recovery 2.0 Conference. He had this to say: “The Eternal is calling and saying to you, “Come on. We want to go deep with you. You’re in the waiting room, but we have stuff to do while you’re waiting.”
It’s a powerful message for us all. Do not wait another second. Embrace your recovery and start to live to the fullest extent possible. If you have struggled with addiction, you are capable of so much. Your challenge will be how to direct your immense devotional capability.
Remember these three things: Stay on the path. Ask for help when you need it. Never despair for there is a way through every block.
With Love and Gratitude,
PS—There are 25 interviews with 25 exceptional people in this year’s Recovery 2.0 Online Conference. If you are looking to live an extraordinary life on the path of recovery, I encourage you to take in these talks from June 12-18. Sign up today and it is Free.
About Tommy Rosen
Tommy Rosen is a yoga teacher, writer, and addiction recovery expert who has spent the last two decades immersed in yoga, recovery and wellness. Tommy has certifications in both Hatha and Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. He is one of the pioneers in the burgeoning field of Yoga and Recovery and has over twenty three years of experience assisting others to holistically transcend addictions of all kinds
Tommy is the founder of Recovery 2.0: Beyond Addiction Conference and also leads the Recovery 2.0 #MoveBeyond Coaching Program. He presents workshops annually at Esalen, and Kripalu. Tommy’s first book, Recovery 2.0: Move Beyond Addiction and Upgrade Your Life was published by Hay House in 2014. Tommy and his wife, noted yoga teacher, Kia Miller, live and teach in Venice, CA. Recovery2point0.com and http://tommyrosen.com