Karma Yoga Podcast – Episode 2: Addiction, Spirituality, and Manipulation

By Wes Annac, Editor, Karma Yoga Daily

Episode 2 is here! This week, I’ll discuss the ways we can use spirituality to treat addiction. I’ll also discuss the manipulation often associated with spirituality.

The podcast is up on YouTube (video below), and you can also listen to it on Anchor at this link: https://tinyurl.com/yctbh9rz

Transcript:

Hey everybody! Welcome to episode 2 of the Karma Yoga Podcast. I’m Wes Annac, and this week, we will be discussing some of the ways that spirituality can help with the treatment of addiction. I will also share my thoughts on the manipulation you sometimes find when pursuing spirituality. Continue reading

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5 Ways Meditation Helps the Mind and Body

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

We don’t hear as much about the physical benefits of meditation as we do the spiritual. Fortunately, the scientific community is interested in it and has done a fair amount of research on it.

Scientists don’t see it as something that will enlighten you or fuel a spiritual journey; they see it as a simple effort to calm the mind using certain mental techniques. They’ve found that this helps the mind and body in notable ways.

In this article, we’ll learn about the physical and psychological benefits of meditation. Specifically, we’ll learn how it can help with creativity, dementia and Alzheimer’s, stress, anxiety, and addiction.

We’ll start with something the scientific and spiritual communities agree on: meditation can make you more creative. Continue reading

Spirituality, Addiction, and the Power of Choice

Spirituality, Addiction, and the Power of Choice

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

I wrote the following for the 250th issue of the Weekly Awareness Guide, a written document distributed weekly via email that I offer for $11.11 a month.

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We find freedom through our choices in each moment. No matter how spiritual we try to be, we’ll fail if our choices are misaligned with the path we’ve chosen.

I’m not saying we should aim for perfection, because we’re human and we all make mistakes. If we have a goal for life, however, we should take steps to achieve it and make sure we don’t sabotage ourselves along the way.

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Addiction and the New Activism

Credit: Drugaddiction.org

By Wes Annac & Loral Emery-Lamere, The Culture of Awareness

A new form of activism is emerging, and it isn’t coming from the younger generations who are fed up with the system. This new activism is coming from people you might not expect: concerned parents who’ve either lost their children to drug addiction or know someone who has.

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that synthetic drugs like meth, cocaine and heroin are bad for you, but I don’t think people realize how much of a rampant epidemic drug addiction has become.

Most people are comfortable being complacent, and it’s easy to ignore social issues like drug addiction when we aren’t directly confronted by them. Unfortunately, more and more people (and families) are being confronted, and many of them have been inspired to take action. Continue reading