There is a longing in each of us for wholeness. For love. When we lose touch with our basic goodness, our inherent well being, we experience some form of pain—loneliness, anxiety, boredom, frustration, anger, aggression, neediness, emptiness...
Sometimes we can face these feeling states and find our way back. Sometimes we can only cope as best we can. Other times, we simply seek to escape. We may turn to work, exercise, entertainment, gambling and thrill seeking behaviors, food, caffeine, alcohol, drugs and other substances or behaviours.
When we avoid what is actually happening to us for long enough, coping becomes a habit. Habits, unattended, turn into addictions. We grow mindless about our responses to life. Our physiology and brain activity can become entrapped in a vicious cycle that deepens addiction.
Mindful Recovery is a really helpful approach to working with addiction. We can use mindfulness to cultivate the capacity to calmly, gently bear witness to emotions, habits, reactions and responses. Mindfulness helps to recognize when you are vulnerable to yielding to addiction. We can recognize the relapse cues and you develop the ability to make other choices.
Together respectfully we help you to develop the resources to tolerate what you have not been able to tolerate. This helps us to get to and understand what actually drives the unconscious urges. It becomes possible to heal from childhood wounds and make friends with physiological predispositions. It is then possible to be free from the powerful grip of addictions.
The following are important in Mindful Recovery:
Every moment offers infinite possibilities. When we become mindful, when we learn to truly love ourselves and our one precious life, we open to the goodness life has to offer each one of us. Like the lotus rising up out of the mud, it is possible to unfold one petal at a time into a glorious flower.
By quietly listening inside yourself,
the more you can hear,
understand and heal.