Sex, Drugs and Meditation
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"I feel like throwing up. Sweat and tears mingle on my cheek. 'This will pass,' I try to convince myself. 'This will pass.' I have been at the meditation centre for six days. I have four days left to go. I could get up and walk out the door right now. No one would stop me. But then nothing would change. And everything has to change."
Mary-Lou Stephens was lucky to make it into her forties. Therapy and AA helped her recover from her upbringing in an evangelical household; her habit of shoplifting through drama school; her addictions to food, drugs and alcohol; a string of failed love affairs and the break up of several bands. She has landed a dream job as a radio personality. Life is looking good. Except that Mary-Lou has a new boss, a psychopath in a suit.
Determined to avoid MORE therapy and desperate to cope with an increasingly toxic work environment, Mary-Lou signs up for a ten-day meditation retreat that requires total silence, endless hours of sitting cross-legged, and a food-as-fuel kind of diet. For a woman who talks for a living, is rarely still and cooks for comfort, this was never going to be an easy task.
Darkly funny and beautifully told, Sex, Drugs and Meditation is a tale for those of us who confuse being busy with being happy; the story of a woman who dared herself to stop talking and start living - and loving.
An entertaining read. Easy to relate to,honest and at times very amusing.
Honest, funny and rewarding
Bracingly honest, funny and rewarding, this is a book you can't put down.
Mary Lou- warts and all
I admire the author for her ruthless honesty. It could not have been easy to relive times in her life when she made mistakes and acted in ways she felt ashamed. At times she isn't that likeable but then again we've all been unlikeable at times. I just haven't been brave enough to admit it on a public forum. I'm looking forward to and am equally dreading my first Vipassana 'retreat' but can only hope it impacts my heart and brain as it did Mary-Lou's.