Meditating through mental illness

August 15, 2008


From the Globe and Mail, August 15, 2008 at 8:54 AM EDT

The patients are sitting still, their eyes closed, meditating, on the floor of a group therapy room at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.

It is the fifth week of an eight-week training course in mindfulness meditation for people recovering from depression.
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Inner freedom in an unlikely setting

August 11, 2008


From the Globe and Mail, August 11, 2008 at 9:50 AM EDT

Leon Kennedy, a young African American, is serving time for armed robbery in Donaldson Correctional Facility, the most notorious maximum security prison in Alabama.

“Had I learned how to love, even as a 10-year-old boy, things would have been different,” he said, not long ago. “I keep referring back to this love thing. It’s just so important to the universe, you know. It expands more than just an emotion – it’s a way of life. How we interact with each other and see each other … it’s amazing. I had to come to prison in order to be free, and it’s stupid, I guess, but it happened.”
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