The Power of the Present Moment In Mindful Recovery
Mindfulness involves paying careful attention to your present, here-and-now experience. It is about being rather than doing. Becoming mindful means actively shifting away from “going through the motions” toward a state of clear – yet gentle – awareness of yourself and the world around you.
Derived from Buddhism and Eastern philosophies, mindfulness recently migrated to the United States to become an important part of psychological health. Mindfulness emphasizes acceptance and non-judgment toward ourselves and our experiences and helps build resiliency and self-compassion as we navigate life’s natural turbulence.
Being Mindful in Your Daily Life Can Involve:
- Focusing on your breath
- Reading your bodily sensations as they happen
- Absorbing elements of your surroundings, such as sights, sounds and smells
- Immersing yourself in music
In a world that contains many distractions, mindfulness asks us to reorient ourselves to what is actually happening for us at this very moment. Mindfulness can provide necessary stress reduction and self-awareness that can allow us to take charge of our lives again.
Factors such as stress, anxiety, and co-occurring disorders are some of the major underlying causes for addiction.
Understanding addiction means understanding the relationship between cravings, triggers, and co-occurring disorders. Mindfulness can help us with stress, anxiety, and triggers by allowing us to check in with ourselves. When we know how we are feeling relative to other days, we can know what we need to do to either stabilize or stay where we are. When we aren’t mindful of how we’re feeling, we become vulnerable to our emotions sneaking up on us and wreaking havoc in our lives.
Why Meditation for Drug Addiction Works
Addiction is a deregulated process. This means that at any point, our pleasure and happiness centers in our brain—controlled by the prefrontal cortex and the limbic system – are either stimulated in an unmanageable way during the high or aren’t able to be stimulated at all during withdrawal.
When working through a sobriety program, meditation helps an addiction sufferer regulate their brain. Instead of having to swing between extremes, meditation grows a center of calm consciousness that recoverers can use to ground themselves. Meditation also helps grow the brain’s natural ability to exercise willpower. By learning to focus on the breath instead of stressful distractions, willpower makes it easier to not act on cravings and triggers. Mindful recovery is a recovery that lasts.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in a Therapeutic Setting
In the original Buddhist practice, there exists the concept of sangha. Sangha is the power of group practice. By practicing with others, the idea is that our community serves to remind us of the importance of our work and to keep us on track. In our mindfulness groups, you will have the opportunity to reconnect with yourself, with others, and with your environment. In these mindfulness groups at Olympia House, we will learn to:
- Focus on the breath, learning to center and calm ourselves surrounded by support.
- Explore nature and take in our surroundings, moving away from distracting thoughts and into the present. We will engage all senses—sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell.
- Learn the importance of spiritual support in a holistic recovery.
Mindful recovery is a powerful but simple tool for centering yourself during and after recovery. A peaceful, satisfying present is possible. Contact Olympia House today to take back your mind in a supportive and beautiful environment. We serve the South Bay, the North Bay, Sacramento, and the Oakland area. Call (888) 795-1965 today.