The Act of Mindfulness Meditation
Mindfulness meditation promotes the development of stability, inner calmness, and non-reactivity of the mind. It is a type of meditation that allows you to face and embrace your addiction which in turn enables you to become more compassionate, aware, and attuned to your recovery needs.
Mindfulness meditation helps to disentangle you from habitual thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and helps you to connect with yourself and others in a healthier and deeper way.
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Mindfulness Meditation is the practice of being fully present in the moment. It is a meditation designed to examine the body by focusing on one aspect of the body at a time. It is also a basis for concentration building. This group-based support system integrates evidence-based practices from mindfulness-based interventions and cognitive-behavioral therapy.
During most sessions, our meditation instructor will teach you to use your breath as an object of awareness. You learn to follow the physical sensations of the breath as it flows in and out of your body. This type of awareness teaches you to develop healthy responses to stress and cravings.
Mindfulness for Relapse Prevention
For those suffering from addiction, mindfulness can foster an increased awareness of those events and circumstances that may trigger destructive choices. By becoming present, the opportunity is created for you to break habitual patterns and replace them with choices that align with health and happiness.
Everyone has habits, both positive and negative. Replacing a "bad" habit with a "good" one does not happen overnight. Breaking habits requires establishing new patterns of behavior. Mindfulness acts as an invaluable tool in this process by creating awareness of thoughts and actions in the present moment and recognizing those thoughts and actions that may lead to relapse.
Eliminating Destructive Patterns of Behavior
Mindfulness is an acquired skill that keeps your focus on your highest goal: living a healthy life free from substance abuse. This often times involves more than eliminating destructive patterns of behavior and requires learning entirely new ways of thinking, interacting, and reacting. While making amends to those you may have injured along the way can play a valuable role in your healing process, dwelling in the past, or being fearful of the future, is not compatible with a successful recovery.