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As one begins their journey in addiction recovery there may be added stresses, anxiety, and uncertainty in taking this leap of faith yet when given the tools one needs from the start to calm the mind, body, and spirit, the journey becomes an easier road to travel when breaking free from addiction.
What is Meditation
Meditation is an ancient healing practice that allows your mind to go from activity into silence. It has been practiced for thousands of years in cultures around the world. Now modern science and studies show that meditation can produce immediate and long-term benefits for your body, mind, and spirit, therefore, improving one’s quality of life and overall wellbeing. The practice of meditation is truly a journey within, returning to a place of calm and serenity, which is our true natural state, a place where there is no judgment or fear. Here within, we find compassion, love, and lightness of spirit. We can learn how to control our thoughts, how to use our breath to control emotions that arise from negative thoughts or outside situations, and how to let go of the stories and judgments to which we have held on to. We are able to once again remember who we truly are, connected to our higher self and source.
Benefits of Meditation in Addiction Recovery
Integrating this practice can be instrumental in one’s recovery from addiction and life. Studies provide scientific evidence that meditation affects your body at the genetic and cellular levels.
Some of the benefits of meditation in addiction recovery included:
- Reduced Stress
- Emotional Well Being
- Decreased Anxiety
- Increased Energy
- Decreased Depression
- Improves Sleep Quality
- Reduces Cholesterol
- Improves relationships
- Reduces Stress Hormones
- Reduces Inflammation
- Increases feelings of relaxation and peace.
- Decreases tendencies toward addictive behavior
Types of Meditation
There are many different types of meditation to choose from during your addiction recovery, the secret is to find the one that best suits you.
Here at Capo By the Sea, we offer various types which include:
Primordial Sound Meditation, which origins are from the ancient Vedic Wisdom of India. PSM uses the vehicle of sound in the form of a mantra, enabling the student to move beyond the mind’s busy activity and emotional turbulence into profound peace and expanded awareness.
Pranayama (Guided breath work)
Movement Meditation and Yoga
When to Practice Meditation For Addiction Recovery
The beauty of this practice is that it can be done any time of day or night, at home, at work, or out in nature. It is always best to start your day with the practice but if time does not permit, you can just take a moment to be grateful for this day.
Chopra Certified Meditation Instructor