Who looks outside dreams. Who looks inside, awakens! Carl JungLOOKING OUTSIDE IS PROJECTION. LOOKING WITHIN IS SPIRITUAL PRACTICE. www.markllockwood.com
Psychology Today explains what Modern and Mindful Addiction Recovery is: actively paying attention to the present moment, taking stock of what you’re thinking and feeling, and offering no criticism or judgment. Mindfulness is simply making a neutral, comprehensive inventory of what you’re experiencing. The idea of “living life in the moment” comes from the idea of being mindful.
One of the first steps in dealing with addiction is to discover the emotional cause of it, whether it is fear, depression, anxiety, or pessimism. Many times, these unwholesome thoughts and beliefs come from what I call the “wanting mind.” In wanting mind, we feel that our current state of unhappiness could be cured if only we could have the money, job, relationship, recognition, or power we had and lost, or never had and strongly desire. Often we cause ourselves suffering when we ache for something that lies out of our grasp or cling in vain to something that has already passed away. Sometimes, wanting mind involves tightly holding on to something negative: an unwholesome belief about how things ought to be or should have been, or an unwholesome emotion such as anger, sadness, or jealousy. Modern and Mindful Addiction Recovery practice helps us develop the capacity to see clearly exactly what we’re attached to so that we can let go of it and end our suffering.
There are many schools of thought when it comes to combating addiction using Modern and Mindful Addiction Recovery techniques. Some of them have arisen from recent developments in the fields of psychiatry and medicine, and others have been around for much, much longer. As we understand more about the human condition and the things that drive some people to dangerous behavior, we can apply new methods of treatment to help heal the body and mind. One of these methods is what we call mindfulness, and it can play a vital role in recovery.
So what is meditation compared to Modern and Mindful Addiction Recovery practice? Meditation, or “sitting,” needn’t be complex or esoteric. It is an essential part of recovery from depression, addiction and dis-ease. It is, as the name implies, merely sitting with a few simple guidelines. We would speak of “our 11 o’clock ‘sit’” or that our “meditation sit’ might consist of two twenty minute sits with a walking meditation in the middle. This will develop over time. At any rate, making plans to meditate is relatively easy. Actually doing it can prove more challenging. Sitting can be uncomfortable. The physical act itself is enough for most of us to feel a hip, lower back or knee within 5 minutes into a meditation and, of course, the other side of meditation relates to our minds that have been unmanageable with racing thoughts, obsessions and compulsions. This means it may take some time for addicts in early recovery to get the best out of the practice. It is however this practice that will make the progress better. Specifically, our mental activity, our unique proclivity towards preservation of thought (or not) and how we choose to see and define ourselves and lives by what we are “thinking.”
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