“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:

ENERGETIC BOUNDARIES: CONNECTION & PROTECTION

 

 

“the healthier our heart rhythm is, the healthier our body is. Studies have shown that a coherent or harmonious heart, which is produced when we center on positive emotion and spiritual truths, can prevent infection, improve arrhythmia, and help heal mitral-valve prolapse, congestive heart failure, asthma, diabetes, fatigue, autoimmune disorders, anxiety, depression, AIDS, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).[12]”

Cyndi Dale, Energetic Boundaries: How to Stay Protected and Connected in Work, Love, and Life

http://soundstrue-media.s3.amazonaws.com/pdf/sample_K2117_Energetic_Boundaries.pdf

LOVING KINDNESS METTA MEDITATION

Meditations are the highest ethical practice  of the conscious mind.

Loving-kindness meditation
The original name of this practice is metta bhavana, which comes from the Pali language.

Metta means ‘love’ (in a non-romantic sense), friendliness, or kindness: hence ‘loving-kindness’ for short. It is an emotion, something you feel in your heart. Bhavana means development or cultivation.

The commonest form of the practice is in five stages, each of which should last about five minutes for a beginner.

In the first stage, you feel metta for yourself. You start by becoming aware of yourself, and focusing on feelings of peace, calm, and tranquillity.

Then you let these grow in to feelings of strength and confidence, and then develop into love within your heart.

You can use an image, like golden light flooding your body, or a phrase such as ‘may I be well and happy’, which you can repeat to yourself.

These are ways of stimulating the feeling of metta for yourself.
In the second stage think of a good friend. Bring them to mind as vividly as you can, and think of their good qualities.

Feel your connection with your friend, and your liking for them, and encourage these to grow by repeating ‘may they be well; may they be happy’ quietly to yourself.

You can also use an image, such as shining light from your heart into theirs. You can use these techniques — a phrase or an image — in the next two stages as well.

Then think of someone you do not particularly like or dislike. Your feelings are ‘neutral’. This may be someone you do not know well but see around.

You reflect on their humanity, and include them in your feelings of metta.
Then think of someone you actually dislike — an “enemy”, traditionally— someone you are having difficulty with. Trying not to get caught up in any feelings of hatred, think of them positively and send your metta to them as well.

In the final stage, first of all you think of all four people together — yourself, the friend, the neutral person, and the enemy. Then extend your feelings further — to everyone around you, to everyone in your neighbourhood; in your town, your country, and so on throughout the world.

Have a sense of waves of loving-kindness spreading from your heart to everyone, to all beings everywhere. Then gradually relax out of meditation, and bring the practice to an end.

Listen to or download full guided introductions to the Metta Bhavana:

https://www.freebuddhistaudio.com/browse?cat=guided_introductions&t=audio

STRESS…..

 

Complex Stress and Anxiety can be the cause of  mental and addiction healthcare problems. Holistic treatment methodologies that promote optimal  health, calmness and relaxation can  help reduce stress can be a very effective  preventative ways to  treat illness.

I recommend   the 432 series at  https://www.soulmedicine.me/music

Soul Medicine founder 432 LOVE

Soul Medicine’s 432 Love Tracks help me to bypass the minds habit of clinging on to fear.

Instead, it allows us to access the heart’s energy of love, that pure, eternal and undiluted essence of our being. This gives us a greater chance to approach life without getting caught up in the distracting and unnecessary.

Two of the tracks (Being Loved and Being Lifted) focus on the Sanskrit sound ‘ma’ the healing syllable known as the Hridyaya. This is a very pure and sacred sound that awakens qualities of love, such as patience, kindness, truth, healing, sweetness, forgiveness and vulnerability.

All of these tracks have been created to promote greater love in your life.

To learn more about deep immersive healing BAST @

https://www.britishacademyofsoundtherapy.com/what-is-sound-therapy/

HEALING SOUNDS

 

 

 

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration“

— Nikola Tesla —

Music at a frequency of 432Hz can reduce stress, boost resilience, and restore optimal  wellbeing, equanimity, and equipoise.

Physical and mental agitation,  is  unsettling….disconection creates a felt sense of separation from self and others…too much   outer stimulus and noise and not enough down-time dedicated  to self care,  prevents us from achieving  harmony. Sound has a way of helping us get to the source of this inner peace we all desire.

I recommend listening to Denise Leicester’s “Soul Medicine” vibrational remedies to go deeper into your current mediation, yoga etc practices.

Soul Medicine is the heartfelt work of yogi and sound healer Denise Leicester . Her collaboration with Tom Simenauer is intended to promote a next generation science based music medium, one which is easily used in the everyday to promote greater wellbeing and cellular balance simply through listening.

Go to:  https://www.soulmedicine.me/about to order/download Love  Tracks (£20) a playlist designed to shift  energy blocks/inner feeling states from fear to self-compassionate courage.