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Mindfulness Meditation and Addiction

Mindfulness Meditation and Addiction

  New research suggests that mindfulness meditation helps people to reduce tobacco use and manage stress, according to scientists Michael Posner and Yi-Yuan Tang. It has long been established that addiction to drugs, alcohol, and even cigarettes involves a specific area of the brain related to self-control. This area, which is located in the fronto-median cortex, has been studied by researchers using brain scans and other brain imaging methods. In a recent study conducted by scientists at … Read entire article »

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Learning to Detach

  I read from Touchstones daily.  It is a book of daily meditations for men in recovery.  Normally I find it hard to relate to the readings.  In fact, not relating to the readings has made me feel very insecure about my sobriety and my program in the past.  Today’s reading (featured at the bottom of this page) was very relevant to where I am at in my life today, at this very moment.  It really hit close to home for me. Today’s reading was all about detachment. Detaching, for me, has been quite the struggle.  I find it very interesting that the synonym used in the dictionary for the word “detachment” is separation.  You see, I am a crystal meth addict who became addicted to heroin because my best friend was.  In … Read entire article »

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Mindfulness and Mood Disorders

Mindfulness and Mood Disorders

Mindfulness can be an invaluable tool when it comes to coping with anxiety and depression. What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is a concept which stems from Buddhism, but has been widely adapted by Western psychology. Mindfulness can be described as an awareness of the present moment; the practice of cultivating awareness of the body, breath, and mind with the intention of being completely present, moment-to-moment. The goal is to be able to experience and observe emotions and sensations … Read entire article »

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Mindfulness and Mental Illness

Mindfulness and Mental Illness

  The obstacles to overcoming mental illness are numerous, as anyone suffering from anxiety, mood, and/or personality disorders can attest. There are many tools available to treat mental illnesses, including therapy, medication, diet, exercise, and sleep hygiene. One tool that has gained increased acceptance over the last five decades is mindfulness meditation. At its heart, mindfulness is the focus on breaths, thoughts, feelings, emotions, and body as they are in the moment. By focusing on the … Read entire article »

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