Imagine waking up in the morning with a burning emotional wound pulsing anxiously through your body. The feeling is almost unbearable and you would do anything to escape the discomfort. You’re living on welfare, you can’t afford to buy beer from the vendor or over the counter pain killers from Shopper’s Drug Mart, so you reach for a bottle of mouthwash and, instead of swishing a capful around in your mouth, you glug down two large gulps. Within seconds of tasting the intense, minty, green liquid, you feel a slight release, so you take another sip - and another, and another. Before you’ve had the insight or awareness that comes from self-reflection or positive influence, your body has become completely dependent on a substance that you’ve used to relieve your emotional pain. This is called “addiction.”
My name is Jordan Bellan and until about two years ago I too had an overwhelming addiction that ruled my life. My addiction didn’t come in the form of something I could consume, so rather than truly delve into discovering why my life had become so miserable doctors medicated me with anti-depressants and anti-anxiety pills. The truth was that I had developed a severe addiction to sex and love and no matter how many pills I took, overcoming this addiction would take more than a pharmacy. I needed spiritual guidance.
To be clear, I’m not writing this article to shun the pharmaceutical industry, nor am I writing from an anarchist point of view in any way, shape or form. I am writing this article to tell you that I have overcome my addiction to live a deeply peaceful life, and I reached this point because I learned that my mind was not a good indicator of what choices would deepen my peace. My heart however, was, is and always will be.

I want to tell you about a revolutionary new center in Winnipeg that can help you diminish unnecessary anxieties, overcome severe depression and deal with challenging life situations. I want to tell you about United Friendship Circle.

Located on Albert Street in Winnipeg’s Exchange District is a building called the Emma Goldman Building. Unlike the majority of buildings in Winnipeg, the Emma Goldman Building is owned by the members who run businesses inside it. Effectively, the whole building is a co-op. United Friendship Circle is one of the members of this co-op. Located on the third floor of 91 Albert Street, United Friendship Circle is a non-profit organization that offers free and donation-based wellness programming. Our intention is to help our participants achieve a state of complete physical, social and mental well-being. The center began offering programming in February and is starting to offer more programming each month. Though we have been struggling to get public funding, there has been no shortage of volunteer support. 

If you’re reading this article and feel connected to the words you are reading, below are some simple ways that you can help this center thrive.
  1. Attend a program and pledge a donation. We have yoga and meditation classes throughout the week. Every Friday night at 8pm we share community film screenings preceded by a guided meditation.
  2. If you or someone you know has been feeling lonely, isolated, depressed, suicidal or lost, refer this person to our programming. If people don't know that we're here, we truly can't serve our purpose.
  3. Stay connected by liking us on Facebook.
  4. If you're a yoga instructor, a dance teacher, or you work in the fitness industry, volunteer to teach a program in the center. Until we get public funding, we rely heavily on volunteers to assist us with our programming.
  5. Get inspired and continue to strive in your own way to live the happiest and most peaceful life possible. Happiness is contagious, and when you feel happy, you unconsciously share that happiness with other.
And hey… If you ever fall off the band wagon, we’ll be there to support you, every step of the way.

Jordan has been teaching yoga classes since the age of 19. He has helped to successfully open yoga studios in China, Malaysia, Singapore and Canada. With over six years of international teaching experience, five teacher training programs completed, numerous workshops and lectures attended, and thousands of hours spent in meditation, contemplation and practice, Jordan currently works at Moksha Yoga Winnipeg, and also teaches yoga, meditation and philosophy on a donation basis at his studio located at 91 Albert Street.

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