Deeply personal essays and daily prompts for self-reflection while healing from addiction and walking the road of recovery from the author of Meditations from the Mat and Meditations on Intention and Being.
You are a process that has called forth a teaching for this day. This teaching will not be new to you; rather it will be reminding you of what you already know. Reminding you of who you already are.
Rolf Gates, author of Meditations from the Mat, has walked the walk of the 12-step method of recovery while traveling down the Buddhist eightfold way and practicing the Eight Limbs of Classical Yoga. His integrated approach has been the key to his understanding of sobriety for over 25 years.
In his series of 365 essays, Gates explores the lessons and experiences from his own practice and study, classical teachings, and his career as a teacher and coach. Each eloquent and brief essay is accompanied by a self-reflection prompt to help guide you on your journey of introspection and change.
As the co-founder of the Yoga + Recovery Conference at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and Esalen Institute, Gates has made a significant contribution to understanding the role that yoga can play in recovery from addiction. With his personalized approach to both the modern and classic teachings and by embedding it within the space of the human heart and everyday life, Gates is a solid guide to finding and living the freedom that lives within each of us.
About the Author
Rolf Gates is one of the leading voices of modern yoga and the author of Meditations from the Mat and Meditations on Intention and Being. A former social worker and U.S. Airborne Ranger, his work has been featured in Yoga Journal, Natural Health, and People and as one of Travel and Leisure's Top 25 Yoga Studios around the World. He is the co-founder of the Yoga + Recovery Conference and works weekly one on one with clients in his Yoga Life Coaching program.
“A meaningful book on the role of spirituality in recovering from addiction and finding freedom. If you or anyone you love struggles to create that essential connection, this is a must-read.” — Elena Brower, best-selling author of Practice You
“Rolf Gates offers his whole self to those seeking healing and truth, providing a pathway to freedom through reflective self-inquiry, daily inspiration, and the practice of non-judgmental awareness. Using the wisdom traditions of yoga and Buddhism, Rolf elevates the field and offers tools that help so many others build capacity for self-regulation, resilience, and real happiness.” — David Lipsius, president and CEO of Yoga Alliance and Yoga Alliance Foundation
“Rolf provides accessible tools and reflective resources to support readers in staying curious, open, and calm. His decades of sobriety, study, and dedication are evident in every lesson of this book.” — Melody Moore, Ph.D., founder and executive director of Embody Love Movement Foundation
“Rolf Gates has broken new ground through the skillful, timely, and necessary integration of classical yoga philosophy, Buddhist meditation teachings, and the 12-step approach to overcoming addiction. This powerful trinity is a perfect salve for this exact moment in history.” — Tommy Rosen, founder of Recovery 2.0 and author of RECOVERY 2.0
“Combining heartfelt stories and insights with prompts for personal inquiry, Gates guides and supports the reader to navigate and transcend their own stories and limitations. Rolf’s book is a gem that opens the realm of infinite possibilities through mindfulness, introspection, and application.” — Melanie Klein, empowerment coach, professor of sociology and women’s studies, and author of Yoga Rising
“Full of wisdom, wit, humility, and brilliance, Daily Reflections on Addiction, Yoga, and Getting Well expands and deepens insight and the practice of Buddhism, yoga, and the 12-step program. This book is an important contribution to the addiction recovery community.” — Nikki Myers, founder of Yoga of 12-Step Recovery