Centered Recovery meetings have some elements that are similar to other support groups, but also many things that are new. Facilitators shall read the following guidelines toward the beginning of each meeting to help keep everyone on the same page.

Why should my group sit in a circle?

In a circle, no member is seen as being the “head” of the group, and all members can freely share with one another.

Why do we discourage “content” in our group discussion?

Everyone has stories, and all of them are important to that person. However, focusing solely on the content of one’s day, week or lives does not often allow for growth because it keeps us focused in the past. We want to provide a non-judgmental space for exploration and growth without losing ourselves to things in our past. This group is not meant for entertainment, so we request that you attend with a mindset of seriousness to allow for the most growth and insight.

Special note

In consideration of others, please notice when there is resistance to the opinion of another person, and be willing to maturely suspend the reflex to react. This is the first step toward awareness.

Introduction to dialogue

This group is an exploration into non-judgmental curiosity into the nature of addiction (and other destructive behaviors) in an effort to see things as freshly and clearly as possible, to allow for growth beyond addiction and habits which are unhealthy for our bodies, minds or spirits. Therefore, we ask that you reflect on the general topic for this session in an effort to see beyond the surface.

While the group may move into another topic if desired, the intent of the group should still remain directed towards reflection and exploration of what the topic means and what is real, rather than any “war stories” of experiences from the past. The group should approach the topic with curiosity and without conclusions, in order to help the group find lasting insights and solutions. (Please watch the videos on this site before attending your first meeting)

Why close with Metta?

After verbalizing what you are grateful for, closing with a short Metta allows you to extend that gratitude beyond personal items and into the sensation of being grateful to even be alive.

Metta

May I be filled with lovingkindness.
May I be safe from inner and outer dangers.
May I be well in body and mind.
May I be at ease and happy.

May you be filled with lovingkindness.
May you be safe from inner and outer dangers.
May you be well in body and mind.
May you be at ease and happy.

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