26 Nov How Mindfulness Can Help Recovery
How Mindfulness Can Help Recovery
There are many different ways people recover. From twelve-step recovery to healthy eating and exercise, recovery is often a holistic process that needs incorporation from many different traditions and ways of living. One that I have found helpful in my own life is the practice of mindfulness. Here are a few things you can do to bring mindfulness to your recovery, and how it may help you.
If you’re interested in getting started with mindfulness, check out the meditation guide for beginners from One Mind Dharma.
There are actually alternatives to twelve-step programs that are built off meditation and mindfulness. You can try getting started with mindfulness by sitting in periods of formal meditation. The idea behind meditation is we can gain some clarity into the nature of experience, and bring that insight into our daily lives.
With regular practice, mindfulness meditation can help you to put a little pause between stimulation and reaction. I’ve found that meditation helps me to slow down, be less reactive, and respond with more wisdom to arising experience. You can try this meditation from One Mind Dharma as a good way to get started.
Mindfulness in Daily Life
There are many ways to be mindful in daily life. You can pick an activity and bring your complete attention to it without changing much of what you do. Try starting by choosing one thing to be mindful of during your day that you do regularly. Good places to start are brushing your teeth, washing dishes, walking, and sitting down.
Whenever the event happens that you chose, be really present. Tune into how it feels to do this activity. Feel the body, watch the mind, and try to remain in the present moment. By doing this, you can bring your mind back to the present moment during your day. Just remember to be aware of the one thing, and you’ll find yourself returning to the present moment throughout your day.
By bringing mindfulness to your everyday life, you can return to the peace of the present moment. Instead of being lost in thoughts about the past or future, you can return to where you are and let go of the thinking mind.