Mindful Recovery Today is dedicated to providing resources to those interested in recovery from addictions and compulsive behaviors of all kinds, while touching mainly on resources for the common conditions of alcoholism and drug addiction. While resources for recovery through the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are widely available, I point here to other traditions and approaches such as Buddhism, Contemplative Prayer, and Non-Duality. I believe all of these can support those in recovery, as well as other non-addicted seekers.
Mindfulness is a technique or process that has tremendous promise for us in recovery. It’s defined by Jon Kabat-Zinn, one of the early U.S. proponents of it, as “paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and non judgmentally.” This deceptively simple definition, when practiced, offers many beneficial results. An ever growing body of behavioral and neurological research points to the many benefits of mindfulness practices for those afflicted with a disorder of some kind, and those with more “normal” concerns. Mindfulness has been integrated into a number of psychotherapeutic approaches, such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention, Mindfulness Based Pain Management, to name the most prominent ones.
Mindfulness meditation helps us experience deep levels of relaxation, equanimity, intuitive understanding, and a sense of connection with one’s self. Offered here is information and guidance about how to practice Mindfulness primarily as a way to address addictive cravings. This relates especially to Buddhist Addiction Recovery, which incorporates crucial practices, concepts and insights from the Buddha’s teachings. Included also are many suggestions and links that go beyond recovery, to mindfulness practices that help bring ease, joy, and spiritual fulfillment into our lives and relationships.
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With Gratitude, Fran
May you be free of suffering. May you be well.
May you find peace. May you be happy.