It’s hard to remember that our lives are such a short time. We take waking up every day for granted and stroll through our lives without any existential fear- most of us at least. Some of us are devoted to religion often thinking about the afterlife, but even then we are living in a future tense. It’s tough trying to stay in the present and appreciate all that surrounds us in this moment.
As if it wasn’t difficult enough, then with recovery and working a program thrown into the mix it becomes even harder to focus on the now. Recovery teaches us to implement being the best version of ourselves that we can be, but how do we that with all the pressures of reality bombarding us? We can remain cool, calm, and collected through so much pain or struggle, then we stub our toe on the bed frame and all hell breaks loose.
As we enter a Hulk-like rage from the most minuscule thing, do any of us ever stop to pause and think about how we are handling the situation? For every action, there is some sort of equal and opposite reaction, as Mr. Newton put it. Everything in life has a butterfly effect that must be read between the lines. If we are to slow down taking a moment to look at life, it is then that we may be able to comprehend ourselves in this unpredictable journey. If more of us were to take a moment pausing in a state of meditation, the world we observe would be unparalleled to reality.
When applying meditation to your life, it’s imperative to understand what it is that is being gained from such practices. Taking a deeper look at our position, we know that meditation is a form of mindfulness. Mindfulness can be described as “the nonjudgmental awareness of experiences in the moment”. This essentially means taking the time to focus on our relationships with ourselves and the all highest. It’s a time to be self-aware as we watch the wheels upstairs turn round and round.
Fortunately, any form of mindfulness can benefit us in a healthy manner if we allow it to. On the other hand, sometimes things call for specific forms of introspection- contingent on the provided situation of course. Sometimes there are forms of meditation that may benefit us at a point in our lives more so than others. It all depends on where we are in sobriety, recovery, or life in general.
With a multitude of variances, just a few styles include:
- Focused Attention Meditation
- Effortless Presence Meditation
- Zen Meditation
- Loving Kindness Meditation(Metta)
- Mantra Meditation
- Transcendental Meditation
- Yoga Meditation
- Mindfulness Meditation
- Self-Inquiry Meditation
- Guided Meditation
Adding any of these forms to your recovery will help to reduce depression, anxiety, and stress in large numbers. Believe it or not, these practices can reduce stress to the point where the brain begins to build protective tissue around axons to help combat that causing the stressors.
One of the best things meditation does is helping us get to know ourselves better. Reflecting like this gives us a non-filtered perspective on things that we normally justify instinctually. Too many of us shift into autopilot mode without even a hint of realization. The human mind has this confident ability to rationalize things subconsciously as it sees fit. Every single day things happen that we unknowingly train ourselves to become jaded too. We teach our emotions to ignore certain things and react to others.
Some of these meditative practices can help deliver us to a state of tranquility even through all the commotion we surround ourselves in. As we focus on the little things we take for granted, the untapped potential of our minds begin to awaken. Paying close attention to the blood pumping organ in our chests or even counting the inhale and exhalations can bring about a serenity identical to nothing we have felt in years.
Acceptance is the solution to all our problems as we focus on enlightenment and the energies of the world. Meditation opens up a path for learning and understanding. Both of these form together for knowledge and knowledge is power. After all, one who knows nothing can understand nothing. So much is observed but so little is shared. Taking the time to recognize patterns in our mannerisms will help us to understand why it is we are. Why I am, why I is, and why I be.
Through the different practices of meditation, there are physical benefits to reap as well. As we straggle on in life, the stress that we choose to swallow down on every day builds up inside. Stress turns into toxins that poison us on the inside as pessimism begins to eat us alive. We may not notice it at times or give it the credit it deserves but stress is absolutely responsible for a slew of things such as energy, mood, cramps, or even skin conditions.
Being self-aware will help us to see a new day that wasn’t available before. Allowing ourselves to see through different sets of eyes and perceptions gives life a new meaning. At the end of the day, mental reflection will open up answers to all questions our minds seek. The fool sees themselves to be a wise one while the wise one knows himself to be a fool. Remain open-minded and the world will blossom before our eyes.
Keeping in Mind
It’s important to always remember that addiction is a disease. It may seem to wane in times of fortune, but keep in mind that it never goes away entirely. Alcoholic thinking will always attempt to prevail over any mindfulness practices. It’s up to us to accept and put in work. If you or a loved one has been struggling with getting a firm grasp on sobriety and need detoxification, please call 1-866-663-3030 or visit www.pasadenarecoverycenter.com. Our teams of specialists are waiting by to help figure out what options are best for sending your life is a comfortable direction that you can proudly stand behind.