Plains author Richard Singer publishes new book on mindfulness meditation Print This Page Send by Email “Eastern Wisdom Western Soul” offers inspirational quotes, meditation exercises and suggestions for applying the practice to daily life. Submitted photo Plains author Richard Singer’s newest book comes out in August. Singer is a trained psychotherapist and award-winning author of works on mindfulness. Submitted photo When Richard Singer was treated at Choices Recovery Center in Kingston in 1995, facility director Michael Donahue told him something that stuck with him. Donahue “said to me, ‘If you get sober, you’re going to help a lot of people.’” More than 20 years later, Singer fulfills that prophecy as a trained psychotherapist, addiction counselor, student of philosophy and award-winning author of books aboutmindfulness meditation and finding inner peace. His latest work “Eastern Wisdom Western Soul” is due out in August through California publisher DeVorss & Company. Singer’s path toward helping others was born out of recovery. “It all started when I realized at a young age that we’re all the same,” he said. “We’re trying to get through struggles in life.” Between the ages of 18 and 21, Singer was in and out of recovery programs for addiction to alcohol, cocaine and heroin. He finally surrendered after finding himself homeless, he said. Singer found mindfulness meditation early in recovery and it helped him quiet his mind on a day-to-day basis. “It’s the foundation of everything I do,” he said. Singer has been in recovery for 15 years, with a three-year relapse that threatened his life but humbled him and strengthened his resolve. “I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety,”...