Why you should practice mindful meditation in recovery
Mindfulness is often something associated with Eastern religion. Many envision a Buddhist priest sitting in the middle of a garden with his eyes closed and legs crossed waiting for some sort of divine sign that he is on the right path. Some do not consider the notion of meditation extending beyond the traditional means of a spiritual connection. The act of emptying one’s mind and focusing on one concept for twenty to thirty minutes, however, can be therapeutic in more ways than one.
Those recovering from alcohol or drug addictions do well to consider the benefits of mindful meditation on their journey to recovery. Indeed, the act of intentional focus contributes much to sobriety.
Mindfulness Calms The “Wanting Mind”
Some experts define the “wanting mind” as a brain that operates more off of emotion than logic. The individual going off heavy emotions often react to life changes in a manner that is sporadic and sometimes harmful.
The person who hears of a friend buying a home in the hills may react to such good news by going on a drinking binge. The response has nothing to do with jealousy as some may conclude. Rather, the person who consumes dangerous amounts of alcohol after hearing of his friend’s success is trying to drown out the disappointment that he has for his own life. The new home purchase reminds the alcoholic that he lost his property to foreclosure two years ago.
Personal failures and the emotions that come with them, then, are why the would-be recovering alcoholic returns to a state of drunkenness. The “wanting mind” believes that the only cure to unhappiness comes through previous pleasures.
Mindful meditation, however, brings clarity to the “wanting mind.” The person who sits with himself essentially takes control of the situation by allowing the “wanting mind” to develop its thoughts and eventually release such concepts.
The alcoholic tempted to return to a state of drunkenness may find himself better capable of discovering why his urge to relapse is so strong when in meditation. He then may desire to work through the issues that led up to his state of despair instead of detaching himself from the moment. Mindful meditation, then, gives the individual the tools needed to move forward on his path of sobriety without falling into the pitfalls that could lead to a relapse.
Mindfulness Strengthens The Mind And Willpower
The average person who travels the path of recovery starts out with a strong will to do well. Along the way of sobriety, however, there are challenges that lead to setbacks. It is not uncommon for the person who began the road of sobriety to become weary along the way and simply give up due to a lack of mental strength.
Mindful meditation allows the recovering individual to focus and re-center. The individual does not feel overwhelmed by life’s challenges but, rather, places all things into perspective. Even a momentary relapse can be rectified quickly when the individual meditates. Mindfulness, then, allows the recovering person to address issues with full confidence that they have all the answers necessary to make it through life’s changes.
Mindfulness May Lead To Brain Restructuring
More research shows the possibility of meditation having the ability to restructure the brain. Such potential is especially significant for the former addict because of the amount of restructuring that takes place when drugs and alcohol dominate a person’s life.
Meditation can essentially lead to a change in thought processes, which eventually causes the habits of the former addict to follow suit. Such an advance may lead to long-term recovery, which is what every sobriety coordinator and patient desires.
Some believe that there is only one way to meditate. You do not have to be completely still in a place for twenty or thirty minutes, though, to mindfully journey through the process of recovery.
Many former addicts have families and work. Walking meditation is a great way to focus while completing tasks throughout the day. Moving meditations such as Tai Chi and Yoga are also ideal for busy individuals as they allow the person to get in a bit of bodily exercise while dialing in for twenty to thirty minutes.
There is nothing wrong with the traditional means of sobriety as offered by Victory Detox Center. Every former addict should have a team of professionals dedicated to his recovery. Mindfulness in sobriety, however, can be used in combination with detox, residential inpatient, partial day, intensive outpatient, and other outpatient levels of care. This non-traditional approach can also lead to long-term success, which is what every former addict wants. Contact us today if you or a loved one are struggling with addiction.