The Benefits of Meditation
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Meditation is widely known to have wonderful benefits for many different people. When people think of meditation, they often think of the seated pose with crossed legs and fingers connected. While this is a popular meditation pose, it is not the only way to practice meditation. There are a plethora of ways you can benefit from meditation in your recovery. Learn about some different ways to meditate below.
Finding a Style That Works for You
It can be difficult to find the thing that works for you. You may try different methods of meditation. One may not speak to you at all, while another may have wonderful benefits. It takes time and patience to find your preferred method of meditation. The biggest thing about finding what works for you when it comes to meditation is being true to yourself and comfortable in what you’re practicing. Some may feel awkward and forced, while others may feel very natural. Give yourself some time to experiment with the different styles of meditation. You’ll find your style soon!
Meditation and Movement
One type of meditation that many people feel comfortable with is moving meditation. This can be in the form of yoga, tai chi, or other forms of exercise or movement. The main goal of moving meditation is to cultivate a space where you can feel calm and comfortable while connecting with yourself.
You can also include breathwork and visualization in your moving meditation if you’d like. This is a great way to get in touch with your inner being and truly feel your instincts. During a moving meditation, try to connect with what your body wants, instead of what you think your body wants.
Allow your body to guide your movements as you calm the voices in your head. Reconnecting with your body is key in practicing meditation.
Find Your Inner Child
Think back to when you were a young child. You probably allowed yourself to move freely and didn’t think much about how others perceived you. You probably let yourself have the freedom to move without thinking. There was no right or wrong. You just were. You explored and connected with yourself. When did that change?
Much of our movements now are extremely calculated and thought through. We don’t allow ourselves to move as freely as we did when we were younger. If you are practicing meditation and movement simultaneously, allow yourself to find that inner child.
Create a space where you can go without others watching. Allow yourself to move freely to the beat of calming music while you clear your head and remain in the present moment. We did this as children, so try it out now. You’ll be surprised with how free you feel.
Meditation and Mindfulness
Another great thing you can implement into your meditation routine is the practice of mindfulness. The main goal of mindfulness is to remain in the present moment. You are able to channel your awareness into the forefront of whatever you are doing. You acknowledge your thoughts and feelings, but do not let them consume you. You are accepting of these thoughts and feelings, but do not judge them.
Mindfulness can help you improve your overall well-being in your recovery. If you are new to mindfulness, try to sit quietly and focus on relaxing your mind and body. Practice some of the techniques mentioned above, while controlling your breath to keep yourself calm. If you notice a bodily sensation, try not to act on it. Notice them and let them pass. Feel your extremities from head to toe. Then, move on to your other senses.
Notice the sights, sounds, and smells of what’s around you. Let them enter your thoughts, withhold judgment, and let them go. You may begin to feel emotions during this time. Notice them and let them go, too. Don’t act on or judge them. If you’re having trouble staying present, remind yourself of a positive mantra. Tell yourself that you are worthy and doing the best you can.
Using Meditation in Recovery
Meditation is a great tool to have in your recovery. If you are feeling intense triggers or cravings, allow yourself to use meditation to help redirect your thoughts and calm yourself down. If you aren’t used to meditating, it may feel a bit weird at first. Give it time to work its magic. If you are having recurring thoughts that you must use the substance you have ceased using, try to redirect your thoughts.
Repeat a mantra that reminds yourself that you do not need alcohol or drugs in this moment. You are strong in your recovery and you can get through this difficult moment. If you need to include a bit of movement to get your mind off of the triggers and cravings, allow yourself to use movement as a distraction. The biggest thing to remember when using meditation in your recovery is that there are no rules. You can use meditation however you see fit. Make it work for you.
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