During the first interview with Adam he shared the struggles he faced with 4 years of doctors, medications and the side effects that resulted. He also told us about his amazing feat of cutting off the medications when he decided to attend a 10-day silent Vipassana meditation retreat—a retreat that gave him a technique that helped him stabilize himself.
Hear what Adam’s father learned and observed about this time in Adam’s life.
I had heard how difficult these 10-day retreats were, but what I couldn’t stop thinking about was how meditation was able to help Adam replace the prescription drugs.
It made me wonder what type of nurturing the mentors of the Shamans I met used. How were they able to calm down the young Shamans after their initial crisis? Could their training have included elements of meditation or mindfulness? And if so, is it possible that meditation could be an alternative treatment for mental illness in some instances?