Are you tired of being a slave to substances? Do you want to remember what it feels like to feel good again? Do you have physical issues that have been caused b substance use? In addition to the physical demands that addiction places on our bodies, it can take its toll on our mental and emotional well-being. Learning mindfulness meditation can be the perfect antidote for the physical, mental, and emotional suffering that we have been through.
What is Meditation?
Meditation is an ancient practice of using mind and body to create a state of peace, relaxation, and harmony between our whole selves: mind, body, and soul. It generally involves finding a relaxing position, clearing the mind, then focusing on something to achieve a calm and stable state. From there, we can access our minds to achieve desired goals and emotional states.
While it was anciently used as a part of religious traditions, it is more commonly used now for the benefits of health and wellness. The goals of meditation range from increasing peace, self-concept, or achieving enlightenment to reducing stress, pain, anxiety or depression. One of the benefits of meditation is that it can be done virtually anywhere, and there isn’t really a right or wrong way to do it, so it is up to the individual to use it in the way that works best for them.
What is Mindfulness Meditation?
Mindfulness meditation is a specific form of meditation that focuses on bringing us into the present and observing and experiencing things without judgment. The process consists of focusing on our breathing and clearing our mind of distractions until we are completely present. Once we are present, we can observe things without judging them or placing old ideas on them. We simply notice them.
This process is powerful because it allows us to train our minds to live mindfully. When we simply notice things without placing judgment or emotion on them, we live more peacefully and are better equipped to make good decisions about what is happening in our lives. It also gives us a tool to use when our emotions begin to escalate or we have stress. We can meditate to achieve a peaceful state and then see our lives through the lens of non-judgment again.
Mindfulness meditation also promotes wellness in mind, body, and spirit. When we are calm and at peace, it promotes good health emotionally, mentally and within our bodies. We achieve more prolonged periods of peace and are more likely to live a healthy lifestyle as we practice mindfulness meditation regularly. We can enjoy better eating, fitness, and sleep habits with a clear mind and holistic habits.
How Can Meditation Heal?
More research is showing actual healing properties associated with meditation. Mindfulness meditation has shown a significant reduction of the symptoms from anxiety, depression. It has also been successful in treating chronic pain. However, newer research indicates very measurable improvements in the brain itself. It has been shown that mindfulness meditation improves the area of the brain where memory, learning, and emotion take place.
Meditation has also been proven to be helpful with such health conditions as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Ulcerative Colitis, and high blood pressure. Mindfulness meditation has been shown to help with many facets of addiction, including reduced cravings and relapse prevention. It is particularly helpful for those dealing with the powerful effects of nicotine addiction.
But it doesn’t take an MRI or other tests to measure our own healing. We can enjoy any number of healing elements when we develop regular patterns of mindfulness meditation. We can improve our sleep, improve our ability to focus, help manage our weight, as well as experience individual healing from our own addiction. There is actually no limit to the healing accessible to us through mindfulness meditation. It is a limitless tool for us to access anytime to achieve emotional, mental, or physical healing.
Are There Other Benefits to Meditation?
Mindfulness meditation promotes a more balanced life. It is like a mental and emotional anchor that simultaneously gives us the power to more successfully navigate our lives. Meditation teaches us to navigate our own minds, which in turn creates greater neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the ability to re-wire our brains or modify how they function. While we may not be able to program them like a television remote, we can strengthen our ability to access memories and emotions or decrease substance cravings by simply meditating on a regular basis.
Mindfulness meditation is a powerful tool that helps to regulate emotional, mental, and physical health. If you are looking for something that promotes relaxation, emotional balance, improves physical health, and has healing properties, then AToN Center can teach you. Meditation can be the foundation for your recovery and is very compatible with other methods of treatment. It is the antidote for the pain and suffering of addiction, giving us a life of clarity, peace, and balance instead.
AToN Center teaches daily meditation as a powerful tool in the recovery process. It is scientifically proven to heal not just our bodies, but also our minds and our souls. You can access the healing powers of meditation as well as all of the other benefits as you begin your healing process from substance abuse. The only question left is what are you waiting for?
At AToN Center we believe in the healing powers of meditation. Call (888) 535-1516 to begin your path to healing today.