Early sobriety can be a time when our stress and anxiety can feel overwhelming. The false sense of relief that came from intoxication is no longer present in our lives, and our brains are going through a process of healing. Twelve Step recovery fellowships suggest we take on the practice of meditation as a means of achieving conscious contact with our higher power, but there are other wondrous benefits of incorporating a meditation practice into our daily lives. Meditation can enrich our mental, physical, and spiritual lives in ways we never thought possible.
David Lynch, famed director and proponent of mediation, once said, “Meditations it to dive all the way within, beyond thought, to the source of thought and pure consciousness. It enlarges the container, every time you transcend. When you come out, you come out refreshed, filled with energy and enthusiasm for life.” Anxiety, depression, and lethargy are common in the early stages of our sobriety—there may be thoughts of giving up entirely and returning to the false comfort of drugs and alcohol. Meditation can serve as a means of reducing those feelings and reinvigorate us on our path of recovery. Mindfulness in particular can help us let go of the shame of our past and the fears of our future by bringing us into the present moment. Neuroscientist Sam Harris, in his book Waking Up, explains, “There is an enormous difference between being hostage to one’s thoughts and being freely and nonjudgmentally aware of life in the present. To make this shift is to interrupt the processes of rumination and reactivity that often keep us so desperately at odds with ourselves and with other people.” Through meditation, we let go of our brooding thoughts and take on a new sense of acceptance. We acknowledge our thoughts as they come but do not allow ourselves to get caught up in them. Our fears of the future cannot harm us because we are living firmly in the present moment. We will find that by incorporating a practice of daily meditation, we are better able to practice living with a sense of love and tolerance of others, undeterred by racing thoughts, anxieties, and fears.
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