Mindfulness meditation is a powerful tool for healing and an important adjunct to recovery. Holistic healing starts with an intentional awareness of one’s surroundings. This conscious shift to living more in the present moment, versus ruminating on things from the past that cannot be changed, is invaluable to those recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction.
This ancient practice of redirecting the mind’s attention helps to counteract the anxiety and stress that can result when a client who is committed to healing from the diseases of addiction is first beginning to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Although the shift from an addictive lifestyle to one of wellness is positive, it is not without stress and unique challenges.
The Purpose Of Meditation In Recovery
The addictive mind can often be stuck in a fearful mode. It may lie to its owner repeatedly by suggesting that change may not be possible, and that things that may be uncovered during the healing process may be too painful to bear. The very qualities of temperament and character that a person in recovery once believed were too rigid to change can actually be modified greatly through meditation. The ongoing, deliberate practice of retraining one’s mind through mindfulness meditation actually creates new neural pathways and networks in the brain, decreasing stress responses and anxiety.
Mindfulness teaches the brain to regulate emotions, and as a result, the pulse lowers and breathing slows and deepens. It also heightens the ability to be reflective and creates sense of well-being, spaciousness, optimism, creativity, curiosity, and possibility.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Each new client is evaluated individually at the point of his or her particular phase of recovery. Many of our clients have never
meditated before, so we proved a soothing and welcoming atmosphere to help everyone feel relaxed and comfortable.
A typical Mandala meditation session encompasses several common points:
Settling the body into the quiet space
Becoming more aware of the surrounding environment
Breathing deeply and comfortably
Checking in with each one of the body’s senses
Shifting conscious awareness to the physical body
Drawing even more mindful attention to each breath
Allowing the mind to wander freely for a time
Concluding the session by bringing one’s attention back to the surroundings