Take Refuge In Your Heart
This morning I found a quiet corner on campus and took a little meditation minute before class. I am currently enrolled in an advanced addiction course at Selkirk College and the subject has been really heavy lately. The conversation has been around the Fentanyl crisis in British Columbia, especially the Downtown Eastside, where people are dying of overdoses on a daily basis. The number of Fentanyl-related deaths are only getting higher and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. In times like these, it’s so easy to let hopelessness and fear set in. But fear is what got us here. So today, I am reminded to take refuge in my heart. Compassion is the only way through the chaos.
I would love you to join me in a Tonglen meditation practice for all those suffering in the DTES and surrounding areas. If you are new to Tonglen, I’ve posted a guided practice with Pema Chodron that I hope you will find helpful.
How to help reduce harm: Harm reduction programs are one of our greatest tools in reducing the amount of drug-related deaths happening in this province. Toward The Heart, a project of the BC Provincial Harm Reduction Program, has information about Fentanyl and Naloxone. Naloxone is a medication that reverses the effects of an overdose from opioids (e.g. heroin, methadone, fentanyl, morphine). BC has developed a Take Home Naloxone (THN) Program to help save lives. This site will help you learn more about THN programs and how the BC THN program can be part of your community.