The practice of meditation in recovery is important for many reasons. At the very least, making time for meditation means allowing quiet time alone in order to reflect and learn. At most it can make a tremendous difference in quality of life for individuals who have chosen to put aside alcohol and drugs. Once an addict or alcoholic seeks treatment and has achieved some sense of physical balance in detox, then treatment begins to help individuals uncover the deeper issues. Addiction is not just a physical problem. It is a mental, emotional and spiritual problem, as well. As people progress through the recovery process, some form of meditation becomes a valued component. Setting aside a quiet time for journaling or observing nature or praying or any meditation practice brings about many benefits in learning to live without relying on substances. These benefits include dealing with resentment, letting go of people and situations one cannot control, breathing deeply to supply more oxygen to the body and focusing on gratitude and positive thinking.
Mindfulness In Meditation Changes Thinking Patterns
Once alcoholics and addicts discover that their negative thinking is at the root of their disease, they can set about learning ways to redirect those patterns and habits. Negative thinking keeps people in the role of victim. They continue wallowing in self-pity, and they allow their low self-esteem to convince them they don’t deserve a full and rich life in sobriety. Professional treatment and therapy teach mindfulness. This means training the brain to be fully aware of the present moment, including physical sensations, emotions and actions. With practice, mindfulness increases acceptance without judgment. It allows individuals to make conscious decisions about how they are going to act instead of react. As the ability to practice mindfulness increases, so does serenity. Mindfulness and meditation are healing practices for all aspects of the disease of addiction.
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