The difference between prayer and meditation is often defined as such: Prayer is talking to God (Higher Power, Spirit, The Divine), and meditation is listening. For many, prayer is simple and straightforward, while meditation may prove a little more challenging. Both are an essential part of working a spiritual program.
Today’s guest post, curated from the blog at True Recovery, provides a summary of four healing benefits meditation provides. Those benefits are crucial for people in recovery! You may read the original article here.
In gratitude, harmony, and support,
Meditation and Healing for Those in Recovery
Does meditation benefit those in recovery and trying to achieve sobriety? Science says yes, and so do we.
To put it lightly, achieving sobriety is no easy feat. It requires not only changing several aspects of our lives, but also trying new things that might make us uncomfortable. Meditation, for a lot of us, qualifies as trying something new that might not exactly be comfortable at first.
Despite this, science (and our own experience) has shown that meditation can go a long way in helping us in recovery. Here we break down the top four benefits of meditation in sobriety.
Anxiety is often one of the most difficult parts of early sobriety to face. It often is prevalent both as a result of undergoing drastic change, plus often as a chemical result from withdrawal.
One 2013 study found that meditation successfully reduced anxiety among volunteers in the study.
Stress is another extremely common culprit in sobriety. Drugs and alcohol were typically our only stress-relieving mechanism prior to sobriety, and we are left with that stress after we get sober.
Fortunately, a 2014 study demonstrated that meditation resulted in moderate reductions in psychological stress in those monitored for the study.
The most difficult part of early sobriety is almost always the cravings that come to drink or use. One 2008 study specifically set out to see if meditation could help in cravings in those with alcoholism.
The results largely indicated that meditation techniques allowed the participants in the study to redirect their craving to different, healthy thoughts, thus ending the craving.
Daily reflection is a key component of all Twelve Step programs, and is a great tool in recovery. Taking time out of each day to reflect on our progress, what occurred throughout the day, and what our goals are for the next day is greatly beneficial.
Meditation makes this process all the more easy and focused.