MEDITATION: It’s simply one of the world’s best ways to strengthen your focus, preserve your natural power and insulate your inner peace. There’s a lot of wonderful science confirming the value of a regular meditation ritual, so, even if you want to dismiss the method, the data says it works—phenomenally—as a human optimization habit. Current research proves that regular meditation helps lower levels of cortisol, thus lowering your stress. It’s also a strong way to grow the relationship you have with yourself. You need to make more time for you. To scale your fluency and intimacy

Sharma, Robin. The 5 AM Club: Own Your Morning. Elevate Your Life. (p. 220). HarperCollins Publishers. Kindle Edition.



Stability & Resilience:

That is when your commitment to practice is of greatest value. It keeps you engaged in the process. The momentum of regular practice helps to maintain a certain mental stability and resilience even as you go through states of turmoil, confusion, lack of clarity, and procrastination.

Kabat-Zinn, Jon. Letting Everything Become Your Teacher: 100 Lessons in Mindfulness . Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.




….is being present, comfortable in one’s own skin and detached from the chaos….I wake up at @ 6am in winter and 5am in the spring summer months… My first thought is  “I am tired!” and want to roll over and return to sleep…but I don’t…so ….if I can you can…because meditating, doing yoga, juicing, avoiding sugar, fat and any food stamped with a “sell-by-date” i.e. timeline somewehere in  2020….is  a recommend self-care regime, to thrive, be confident, esteemed and successful…

Meditation is my go-to for calmness and peace of mind…nothing else gets me  ‘of the ledge”  and  back into the room faster than a few deep breaths, returning to the present moment and  TCM’s  techniques…

Bob Roth is fabulous teacher of TCM: have a look at his link to learn more…




To be truly in the moment is in the understanding that you create your reality, no-one can make you a victim without your permission.


Wanting someone to rescue me led to  my downfall,  co-dependency upon a person, place or thing to fix me…


I am in longterm recovery (30 years) from addiction to vodka, valium and cocaine. If can stop and stay stopped… so can you. I  continued to ask for help, and did not settle until I had  found a wellspring of  appropriate therapists to  go through the process of existential healing…

My complex family constellation…secrets, betrayal, abandonment, abuse and alienation hallmarked by massive resistance to change, look ash themselves or support one each other so I went through the process of family therapy alone…and recovered alone…

My family of creation also has it challenges but the flow of love is a constant… the dynamics of addiction are difficult for anyone to empathise with….thus the isolation aspect of addiction can be very triggering…seeing the recovery from active addiction as  organic, a  process is hugely beneficial…every day is different…contrary to active addiction where every day is a new fresh hell….

I learned from how to stop sabotaging and start loving myself…the journey continues and my life is  unstoppable…

I have worked hard to be aware of negativity,  selfishness, self seeking addictive behaviours I recognise as triggers, a  downward spiral into victim-speak: poor me, helpless and hopeless…


Happiness is seeing the beauty in all of life…no longer filtered  though the lens of negativity…

BE YOU: Anyone who has the misfortune to be born into a family where there is  addiction in either parent will suffer from emotional, physical and spiritual neglect… my grandfather and father were alcoholics…who never found a recovery programme, tribe or community to being to that could support the complex stages of addiction treatment and recovery…their  suffering  was palpable…both were incredibly unhappy human beings…

Whether is your recovery has derivatives of evidence based addiction science and medicine (mine does) OR you have found your way via yoga, psychedelics, meditation or medication – recovery is totally individual – do what works for you to stabilise your mental wellbeing…one day at time, one experience at a time, one lifetime…

May you be happy.




Bridging That Gap – Delivering Scotland’s Drug and Mental Health Strategies

Bridging That Gap: Delivering Scotland’s new drug and mental health strategies

Date: 14 March 2019
Location: Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Glasgow Central, 30 Cambridge Street, Glasgow

Scottish Drugs Forum’s first conference of the year – Bridging That Gap – will focus on the delivery of Scotland’s drug and mental health strategies and has a mix of national and international speakers and workshop presenters confirmed.

Mental health issues can lead people to develop a substance use problem; living with a substance use problem can cause or exacerbate a mental health problem.  Mental health can be a significant cause and complication to problem substance use and affects people in midst of crisis and in recovery.

The new drug and alcohol treatment strategy and Scotland’s mental health strategy both commit to better joint working to improve the mental health of people with substance use problems.  There is huge potential benefit for individuals in this work but the question remains as to how this can be achieved.

This event will aim to offer a vision of the potential impact of better effective joint work and what can be achieved, and discuss the next steps in terms of service development.

This conference will be of interest to people working in and managing services in substance use and mental health sectors and to service commissioners and planners.

Click here to download the draft conference programme….

Keynote address by  –

Carl Hart, Professor of Psychology (In Psychiatry); Columbia University New York City

Carl is a neuroscientist and psychologist studying the behavioural and neuropharmacological effects of psychoactive drugs in humans.

He has published a wide variety of scientific literature focusing on dependence, drug-taking behaviours, drug self-administration and the cognitive effects of drug use. His research focuses on cannabinoids, synthetic “designer” drugs, opioids and stimulants such as cocaine and methamphetamines.

Other speakers include –

John McCormack, Scottish Recovery Network on the development of trauma-aware /  trauma-informed / trauma focussed substance use services and the difference between these.

Calum Hendrie, NHS Lanarkshire on the role and potential of psychology services

Paul Millwood, Birmingham City University on early interventions with young people.

Wendy Spencer, Turning Point Scotland; Dr Joe Tay, a general practitioner in, Edinburgh; Adam Brodie, Addiction Psychiatrist, NHS Lanarkshire and others discuss the challenge of joint working with people with drug problem and mental health issues.

Delegate Fee: £135
SDF Members rate: £110 – SDF membership is free – sign up here

Early booking is advised – Please use the below booking form to secure your place


Breathing with renewed awareness of the now has the potency   to restore calmness,  and bring awareness   into the present.

Taking a few deep breaths  when I am   stressed  can reset my mood, and prevent over reacting…


Close your eyes.

Take a deep breath.

Slow breath in.


To reset a  breathing rhythm on the next  exhale, make it twice as long as the inhale.

Ease into the stillness, calmness and relaxation by breathing  in and exhaling by  counting  1 … 2… on  the inhale and then 1 … 2… 3… 4… on  the exhale.

Extend the exhale.  Pausing calms the  parasympathetic nervous system. Create a felt sense of  being   safe, held and loved.

With each breath I take may loving kindness be my expressed intention to you…


May you be happy.

May you know peace of mind and heart.

May you be present.

Love alone prevails. Let go. Surrender.  Stillness. Grace. Effort.


“Science should be driving our drug policies – even if it makes us uncomfortable.”

The Scottish Drug Forum is hosting:
An evening with Professor Carl Hart,
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Columbia University, offers a provocative, evidence-based view of addiction and discusses how it should affect our drug policy.
“I certainly engaged in petty crime, but it had nothing to do with drug addiction. It was about money and status. In other words, if you take drugs out of the equation, poverty and crime still exist.”
— Carl Hart
Date: Wednesday 13th March 2019
Time: Refreshments at 17.30 / Event 18:00 – 20:00
Location: Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Glasgow Central,
30 Cambridge Street, Glasgow“Science should be driving our drug policies – even if it makes us uncomfortable.”Scotland’s new drug strategy says that ‘there is a need (to) examine the links between the law relating to illegal drugs, and the prevention and treatment of drug harm’.What if drug policy were shaped by science?Scottish Drugs Forum has asked Professor Hart to envision a drug policy based not on beliefs and stigma; nor on moralising and media outrage but in what can be proved to be true.Join us as Carl explores this vision and we discuss what works, what doesn’t and what policy supported by evidence would look like and how this would be different from our current approach.

Tickets are £30 and can be booked using the below booking form link: