The ancient but perfect science of meditation engenders the evolution of the mind. It includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self-realization. The term mindful is to be intentional and conscientious in what we think and feel, spontaneously open and creative to unfolding opportunities possibilities.
At the heart of addiction are suppressed painful emotional states. Meditation brings about changes in within the brains complex circuitry systems, ergo a greater acceptance of peole, places and things… the ability to cultivate a state of being that is compassionately non-judgemental.
Addiction according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine: “Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviours.
The original Sanskrit term for enlightenment “moksha” translates as “liberation’ which means freedom from suffering, pain, illusion, The task in personal recovery management is to continue to be motivated to be present…consciously living consciously…
• Self-awareness: The ability to identify your emotions and understand their impact, using feelings intuitively as a basis for decision-making.
• Social awareness: The ability to discern, detect, and act appropriately in accordance with other people’s emotions.
• Self-regulating: In control your own emotions, responses and impulses, and continously adapting to changes as they arise in situations beyond our control.
The degree to which a person is perceived as being self-aware, straightforward and in control of themselves and the situation is closely correlated to the perception of his or her capabilities. This is especially true of transformational longer-term recovery strategies.