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Mindfulness Practice in Addiction Recovery

First of all, you may need to get to know what Addiction and Mindfulness really are, and why addiction is a serious condition and better ways to cope with it is through mindfulness practice.

What is Addiction?

Addiction is the act of becoming dependent on a substance, thing, or behavior. Addiction can be a dependency, but it’s not limited to only drugs, cigarettes, alcohol, sex, gambling, technology, work, or food. People that become addicted to these know they are harmful to their body and/or mind, but do it despite the negative consequences. Once the addiction prevails, people have no control over it and their actions, thoughts, and behaviors revolve around it. So, it is important to live a non-addicted life.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness seeks to allow us to pay attention in a particular way on purpose, in the present moment, without judgment but with self-compassion. It is about intentionally experiencing what is in the here and now without judgment. While relaxation sometimes occurs during mindfulness practice, this is not the primary purpose of the practice. Enhancing awareness is the primary intent of mindfulness.

When you are in recovery from alcohol or technology addiction (smartphone, social media, etc), the ability to incorporate mindfulness habits into your life can be a restorative process.

Mindfulness helps you let go of your intention to control circumstances through addictive behavior. The addictive behavior causes further suffering. Thus, incorporating mindfulness practice into everyday living can help you increase awareness of the cravings and the avoidance patterns that trigger addictions, reduce and eliminate painful mental/emotional attachments to people, places or things and judge less of yourself and others, and increase clear thinking to make healthy choices.

Moreover, scientific research provides evidence that mindfulness practice is effective in reducing anxiety and depression that trigger addictions. Mindfulness helps you develop greater openness, awareness, compassion, tolerance, and ease with ourselves, others, and the challenges in life.

Here are some mindfulness practices you can try to recover from addiction.

Mindfulness Yoga Retreat

Yoga is a great way to practice mindfulness, especially for people who are in recovery. By focusing on the movement and sensations of your body in a peaceful setting, you can reconnect with your emotional and spiritual senses.

Yoga offers clarity of mind by helping you to channel a deep inner peace and be restored to your full self.

In addition, yoga allows you to see what is happening in your lives from a different perspective from the insatiable ego to the observer, the observer, who gives you the tools to see and accept things as they are and respond accordingly from a more conscious and rational place.

Especially, going on a yoga retreat gives you physical, mental and spiritual benefits, and escape from hustle and bustle of life.

Mindfulness Meditation

Mediation can be practiced alone or in a small group, but it is most effective in solitude. Yoga often incorporates meditative elements, but meditation itself is a spiritual and emotional exercise without a physical component. When you meditate, find a quiet place where you can sit uninterrupted for an extended amount of time and think.

As you meditate, you may be confronted with negativity as thoughts of your past addictions surface; try focusing on the positive aspects of your life, such as loved ones, the beauty of the nature around you, or simply the calming sensation of silence. Daily meditation will help you become stronger in resisting your addiction and being restored to health.

Mindful Living in the moment

One of the greatest barriers to recovery is that we allow ourselves to be trapped in the mistakes of our past. Instead of focusing our minds and our energy on the present, we continually relive old experiences and perceive ourselves as the person we used to be.

Focus instead on your surroundings and learn to appreciate your current circumstances. Enjoy the experience of spending time with friends and family, and don’t take the little things for granted, like a blooming flower or a delicious meal.

Mindful Breathing

This sounds like the simplest and most obvious step, but it’s surprising how hard it can be for us to slow down. Part of an addiction’s power is that it maintains a non-stop hold over us when we don’t know how to pace ourselves.

Try breathing very intentionally for a few minutes. You will find that deep, slow breaths have a calming effect and will quickly cause you to consider what truly matters in your life.

Mindful Listening

When you are struggling with addiction, one of the problems is that you are not listening enough. You may have so much chatter going on in your head that you are oblivious to what is going on around you, and you aren’t willing to hear the people who are trying to help.

When you are in recovery, this needs to stop. You need people around you who are speaking positive words of encouragement, and you need to get the distressing chatter out of your own head so that you can hear them.

Listen to the good voices. Listen to what is happening around you in any given moment. Listening is about learning to be open, and this openness is one of the key ways to be mindful.

We all live in today’s world of consuming alcohol, technology, pills, and drugs. All these cause pain or suffering in our body and mind in our daily lives. Seriously you are being in terrible condition when you are addicted to any of them; alcohol or electronic devices.

Practicing mindfulness like a yoga retreat or meditation retreat can help cut off from your addiction. It leads you to gain physical, mental, and emotional strengthens in recovery.

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