CULTIVATE CONNECTION

 

 

“The sound of silence is so accurate” Mark Rothko

 

 In certain Asian dialects the head and heart is  same wording.  Peeling away the layers of illusion  to consciously co-exist, be  authentic and autonomous. Insights gained through the practice of  awareness  engage the mind, body and soul.  The universality of of the benefits of  meditation is that the breath  becomes the return-to-reset point of meditation.  Training the mind to look within begins with awareness of the breath/breathing. This can be done standing, sitting or lying down.

As thoughts continue to come and go the intention is to raise awareness of the physical sensations taking place during the process and not attaching any meaning to passing thoughts.   

Attachment and addiction:

How do we understand addiction? What is it like to be addicted, and to feel trapped by addiction? How can mindfulness help addicts to change? What is the current neuroscientific research showing us about addiction and mindfulness?

Addiction is a pervasive and damaging problem, undermining individual and family well-being. Helping clients to manage addiction is very challenging, but the ancient, simple techniques of mindfulness meditation can help.

C.G. Jung influenced the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous  – Bill W. and Dr. Bob. He had this to say about the genesis of of addiction – 

 “You see, “alcohol” in Latin is “spiritus” and you use the same word for the highest religious experience as well as for the most depraving poison. The helpful formula therefore is: spiritus contra spiritum.” Jung believed it is necessary to replace the addictive substance with a transcendent experience that the individual finds more satisfying. He explained that this type of experience “can only happen to you when you walk on a path which leads you to higher understanding. You might be led to that goal by an act of grace or through a personal and honest contact with friends, or through a higher education of the mind beyond the confines of mere rationalism.”

Psychologist and Jungian James Hillman believed:  “You don’t really want the alcohol. If you can find out what you really want, if you can find your true desire, then you’ve got the answer to your addiction.”

Recovery  from addictive behaviours  begins with a moment of clarity.  The transformation of pain to purpose.  Connection  founded upon the practice  of abstinence based strategies. You can heal your life from feelings of disconnection, isolation and alienation.

Learning how to life in the solution  life bring freedom and happiness into our lives, without the dependency upon mood altering substances – people, place, things   that change how we think, feel and act and  takes us out of reality and into illusion. A slow existential disappearance from life.People are choosing negative ways to cope with conflict, and stressful situations in the immediacy of  daily life.  compassion, consciously conscious thinking is empowering and  helps us thrive, make better choices, respond versus over-react. 

Awareness  engenders a mindset of calmness,   confidence and emotional balance. Meditation  is recognised in neuroscientific research as a powerful tool that allows us to respond in new ways to many stressful and challenging situations in our lives. Through the practice of mindfulness we are able to learn to live more fully in the present moment, to cultivate awareness in our minds and bodies, to make wise choices and to respond differently and creatively to live a healthier, happier life.

The aim is to build awareness and inspire change. The intention is to develop our capacity to learn how to live life with greater resilience, compassion and happiness, to be  whole and complete.

 

Addiction influences the brain’s complex reward circuitry systems. Mindfulness holistic therapies have a unique role to play in addressing addiction and mental health challenges when there is a greater focus on early interventions and relapse prevention. Mindfulness addresses the most pressing characteristic of addiction-disconnection at the deepest level of the human mind and heart.  

No single holistic therapy is a stand-alone treatment protocol for addiction recovery. On-going availability/accessibility of a wide range of evidence-based treatments ought to include mindfulness-based therapeutic interventions for the efficacy of total health holistic therapies to be sustainable for recovering addicts in the long-term.

Mindfulness stress-management is proving to be one of the most promising relapse prevention strategies in addiction treatment. Unlike some other mental health interventions, mindfulness in non-stigmatizing.  

Awareness of self is paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment. Cultivating a mindfulness meditation practice provides a “safe place’ and a personal sense of fulfilment when challenges arise.

Managing time is a benefit of mindfulness training. Learning the value in being able to “switch-off” and “press pause “ slows down the brains autopilot set point. Just as we hard-wired to connect, our conditioned mind is perma-set to react. an  invaluable mindfulness discipline in addiction recovery is insights into   the pathos of self-fulfilling prophecies: we create our thoughts, reality and outcomes.

 

Loss of control or “losing face ” is inevitable.  Fear has us feeling overly responsible for ourselves and in particular, the lives of others. Negative control vampires  relational energy and all but destroys intimacy in marriages. The good new is that with mindfulness we learn how to detach from our story. Learn how to be mature, be responsible and happy liberated from pain and suffering.

 

Cravings causes suffering. Obsessive thinking needs certainty when we are stuck in the past or projecting into the future, there is not enough of “us” in the present. No wonder we feel disconnected from our inner essential wisdom. As simple as it sounds restorative mindfulness disciplines bring our focus back to the breath. Most people are surprised by their habit of shallow breathing. Learning how to breathe, deeply, longer and stronger immediately energizes the body.

 

“Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day,” says study senior author Sara Lazar of the MGH Psychiatric Neuro-imaging Research Program and a Harvard Medical School instructor in psychology.

 

This study and many others from H.M.S. demonstrates that changes in brain structure may underlie some of these reported improvements and that people are not just feeling better because they are spending time relaxing.There are many ways to cultivate the efficacy of mindfulness through repetition and regular practice until it becomes a natural everyday occurrence.