The mind is the most powerful muscle in our body. It regulates every fiber of our functioning, from breathing automatically to understanding complex thoughts. To effectively deal with addiction, it is imperative to discover the cause of it. Underlying negative feelings such as depression or fear or anxiety can cause a lot of restless nights and miserable days if they’re not addressed. This is where meditation comes in.
Recovery is a long road, and the spiral of addiction may have weakened and disconnected some of the balancing factors between your mind and body. Meditation can give the body the good feeling it craves without the negative effects that accompany self-destructive behaviors. Meditation causes the natural release of dopamine, the body’s feel-good chemical, to help counter addictive behavior. The release of dopamine and other chemicals in the brain bring about profound change in individuals that regularly practice meditation.
A lot of negativity can be caused by looping thought patterns in the brain. Looping, or repetitive thought, is when a thought replays over and over again in an individual’s mind and causes them to continually get more emotional and frantic. Repetitive thoughts are a symptom of other issues, like OCD, but they are also linked to destructive behaviors and negative thinking patterns.
Meditation brings patients a deeper connection with themselves because they will be able to explore their own minds. They will discover what triggers them and why, they will gradually be able to bring up the underlying cause of their problem. Once the underlying cause is realized, it can be worked on and the patient can move past it and heal. Healing is the ultimate goal of our organization, and with the tools we use it will seem like no time at all before patients are on their pathway to health.
Practicing meditation also calms down the urge to seek out destructive activities. Meditation allows patients to step back and look at themselves from a distance – think of it as watching a movie. The characters in the movie never seem to know what’s going to happen to them, but as an audience member you can see how things are going to happen and suggest ways to avoid it.
Meditation is similar – the individual steps back and lets their thoughts play, watching from the audience and seeing the events that led to where they are presently. This introspection makes the patient more of a passenger, not a driver, so they can see little details along the road that they missed while they were driving.
The power of meditation cannot be doubted, as it is an extremely helpful tool in a lot of fields and areas of life. It increases quality of life, improves outlook, heightens self-confidence and awareness, reduces destructive patterns, brings peace of mind, and lets patients see their lives from a different perspective. It works to bring unconscious thoughts and issues to the forefront and lets them pass by without harm or judgement.