Recently I received an email from a patient describing how a mindfulness walk changed their day and led to a discussion about how to manage triggers. With permission, I am sharing part of the story, to show how mindfulness can help manage triggers: “I wanted to just share a little experience that took place less… Continue Reading How Mindfulness Can Help Manage Triggers
Recovery from addiction is not a straight line. Nearly everyone has slip-ups, setbacks, and relapses. Everyone has bad days when they feel like they can’t possibly last much longer in recovery. When these setbacks happen, whether it’s something relatively small like losing your temper or something more serious like a relapse, the important thing is… Continue Reading 5 Ways to Stop Making the Same Mistakes in Addiction Recovery
Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. About 16 million American adults have had at least one depressive episode and the rate of depression appears to be increasing. The increasing rate of depression is partly due to greater awareness and more people seeking help, but it may also be due in part to greater… Continue Reading 5 Ways Mindfulness Can Help You Beat Depression
Mindfulness is the practice of becoming conscious in everything we do, in our thoughts, feelings, behaviors, habits and patterns. When we become more mindful of how we are operating mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually, we start to figure out what we need to change in order to be successful in our recovery. Meditation is one… Continue Reading How Can Mindfulness Help Me in My Recovery?
Mindfulness is a state of mind found by focusing on the current moment and calmly accepting and acknowledging the thoughts and feelings without the “right” or “wrong” mentality. It is a therapeutic technique that we all possess but practicing meditation helps you to achieve this state of mind more often and more easily. It is… Continue Reading Mindfulness and Meditation
One of the most common things I have heard in my four years in recovery programs is, “I really would like to meditate, but I don’t know what I’m doing, and I’m not very good at it anyway.” I, too, felt this way about meditation. It wasn’t until last year, I started working the Refuge… Continue Reading Mindfulness Meditation in Nine Easy Steps