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?

4 Responses to “Adam’s Vipassana: The Holistic Approach Instead of Hospitals”

  1. Blake Gilbert

    Ironically, my crisis intensified the more 10-day Vipassana retreats I sat. Pining for relief, I upgraded from American retreats to meditating at Thai forest monasteries, eventually to return with body intact but mind lost outside. That’s when the bevy of medications ensued, and the futile experiments to find a normalizing prescription cocktail. Funny how, in my case, seemingly benign remedies as meditation and mindfulness also need to be taken in titrated doses. For me, it was and is the love of a few good people in my life that has been my refuge and salvation.

    There are times when they have literally saved my life, three to be exact where I would’ve been dead if not for their presence and skillful intervention.

    Methods and tools are important rafts on the river of initiation, and I am gratefully indebted to the beautiful souls who kept me afloat and buoyed me up with their steady friendship and pure love.

    This love, I am learning, is what makes it all worthwhile.

  2. Dan Filbin

    Hi Phil, nice work! I had a psychotic break after studying Eastern religions etc. for many years… so I felt my experience was natural, although mine went farther than I was able to integrate in much the same way as others here. I have also been working on a similar documentary that I may very well never finish

    , and I also wrote a 500 page book of my experiences, if you ever want to compare notes. Cheers!

    • Allie Hope

      That is so great! I think that making the documentary is part of your recovery process. It’s not for anyone else, it’s for you. And if it eventually turns into something that is finished, then others can share in that with you.


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