Many meditative practices date back thousands of years and first originated in Eastern traditions. The National Institutes of Health defines meditation as, “A variety of practices that focus on mind and body integration and are used to calm the mind and enhance overall well-being. Some types of meditation involve maintaining mental focus on a particular sensation, such as breathing, a sound, a visual image, or a mantra, which is a repeated word or phrase. Other forms of meditation include the practice of mindfulness, which involves maintaining attention or awareness of the present moment without making judgments.”
The practice of meditation is not associated with any specific faith, and it is utilized by people across the world as a beneficial holistic technique in the context of many differing needs. Some use meditation as a method of stress-reduction, others use meditation as a way to develop and maintain spiritual connection. Meditation Therapy is extremely beneficial in its flexibility; we encourage clients to explore the ways in which meditation benefits them, and find a daily practice that resonates and can be easily incorporated into their routines.
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health reports, “Several clinical trials have investigated if mindfulness-based approaches such as mindfulness-based relapse prevention (MBRP) might help people recover from substance use disorders. These approaches have been used to help people increase their awareness of the thoughts and feelings that trigger cravings and learn ways to reduce their automatic reactions to those cravings. A 2018 review of 37 studies (3,531 total participants) evaluated the effectiveness of several mindfulness-based approaches to substance use disorder treatment and found that they significantly decreased participants’ craving levels. The mindfulness-based practices were slightly better than other therapies at promoting abstinence from substance use.”