I love being able to experience the depth and breadth of midlife. I am fortunate to have been able to update my understanding of how powerful the 12 steps can be in my life. I am very different from the 28-year-old I used to be.
Scientific research indicates that meditation practice can actually change our brain structure to ameliorate reactivity. But meditation is just one tool for what, at the extreme, is known as impulse control disorder.
Contemplation is not first of all about being religious, introverted, or pious -- it is about being emotionally and mentally honest... It is the absolute opposite of addiction, consumerism or any egoic consciousness.