What is Meditation?
Meditation is a tool of mindfulness, meditation dates back to 1500 BC with its roots in Eastern practices. Like the act of mindfulness, it’s about training awareness and stillness in yourself. It’s about relieving the mind from negative thoughts, feelings and emotions. It allows an individual to observe the self with no judgement and nonacceptance, just peace.
Meditation is a type of relaxation training. Relaxation training helps the person to find ways to be calm and at peace both mentally and physically. The individual can also learn ways on how to handle stressful situations and build tolerance for such circumstances.
Meditation at Addiction Rehab Toronto
Type of Meditation
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
- Mindfulness meditation
- Guided Meditation Mindfulness
- Observing the Breath:
- Deep breathing
- Belly breathing
- Counting your breath
- Following the breath with music
- Guided Body Scans
- Self Affirmations
- Mindful Walks
- Mindful Eating
- Mindful Reading
- Mindful Writing
- One-on-One Counselling
- Psychotherapist sessions
- Music Therapy
- Self-Love group
- Culinary Therapy
- Art Therapy
- Spa services
- Maui Thai
- Onsite gym
- Onsite library
- Outdoor campfire
- Feelings Wheel
Many people associate yoga with physical flexibility and postures, but its origins are rooted in spirituality. It is a holistic practice that benefits physical, mental and spiritual health. Together with meditation, yoga can be used as an effective way for individuals to calm their minds, reduce stress and discover new ways to cope with the difficulties of life.
Individuals are expected to keep up a cleaning regiment, which in itself, can be considered a meditation. When an individual allows themselves to have a peaceful and clean environment – it can alleviate stress and anxiety on the mind; chaotic mess in the room, can create a chaotic mess in the brain. In our weekly programming, we provide a time for House Clean up, chores, and individual laundry times. During Addiction Recovery, it’s important to maintain a clean routine.
Meditation and Addiction Recovery
Many addictions arise from the individual’s inability to deal with stress or trauma. At Addiction Rehab Toronto, we strive to help our clients develop coping skills which will enable them to lead abstinence-based lives once they graduate from the inpatient treatment program. Yoga and meditation therapy can be instrumental in giving clients the tools they need to adjust to their new lives and prevent relapse.
These treatment methods allow the client to go through skill-building systems. Each of these systems may last up to six weeks. The patient may go through it again if needed. Here are the skills that the patient will learn in these systems.
- Mindfulness or being aware as well as engaged at present and in the current situation.
- Distress tolerance or the capacity for acceptance that there will be distressing situations and that extreme measures are not necessary to resolve them.
- Interpersonal effectiveness or the capability to communicate in a clear and concise manner while at the same time building better listening skills.
- Emotional regulation or being able to identify issues that produce undesirable feelings and thoughts, and effectively working toward reducing them using positive coping mechanisms.
The basic idea behind meditation is that humans live in a state of physical, mental and spiritual balance. This balance is sometimes disturbed by illness or stress that affects our bodies and minds – It is used to restore that equilibrium.
Meditation and the Benefits
Meditation can have significant benefits: it can help sleep, recovery and overall quality of life. Research concluded that those who practice meditation get sick less frequently and notice stress reductions. The physical health improvements are more noticeable and individuals have a greater ability to deal with mental illnesses like depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD.) Meditation is the practice of sitting still in a quiet place, and concentrating on breathing. It reduces physical and mental stress, promotes better sleep patterns and helps the individual develop better clarity of thought and purpose.