Mindful Meditation Through Dharma

January 28, 2020

Steps Recovery likes to include all aspects of life within your treatment. Often, those seeking recovery are on a journey of self-rediscovery while building a life free of substance use and abuse.

Dharma is a Buddhist principle of coming to understand the true nature of reality within yourself. It is mindfulness practice taught to help the recovering individual center oneself and accept the good and bad consequences of your thoughts, actions, perceptions, and experiences as a human being.

Dharma is based on the principle that illness is the human condition. This illness is created from mental suffering, physical suffering, and change. We, as humans, are ignorant and often desire what we do not have, this causes our frustrations. If we can put aside our ignorance, we can then live in reality unhindered, unburdened.  

This form of therapy is mindful meditation, drawn from ancient Buddhist practices. Dharma is focused on personal insight. Dharma meditation is used to focus your self-awareness to achieve acceptance in the present moment. Knowledge and empathy are used to overcome your addiction. You can understand the pain that addiction has overwhelmed you with and develop the compassion to accept it, learn from it, and move forward. Be kind to yourself.

Buddhists’ faith is about awareness, kindness, and wisdom. They strive to achieve enlightenment and to live cohesively with the true nature of reality. In keeping with these beliefs, their practice of meditation is used to end suffering. They believe that actions have consequences, nothing is permanent, and that change is possible. It is about being responsible for your life and living it ethically.

Your thoughts have consequences just as much as your actions do. Being mindful of your present reality at all times. Being able to immediately see your that your mind is not in a place that it should be and center yourself.

Embrace your trauma. After all, it has shaped you, even once you can move past it. Dharma is about kindness to yourself but also a renunciation of your past hardships. This is to help you grow from your addiction and grow to love yourself and others.  

You may have been stuck in your addiction, but you can move past it. Dharma helps your recovery process. Learning from your experience and having compassion for yourself. This helps you to create a mindful space for you to process and grow from your experience mentally.

Coming to accept and know who you are is a life-long process. As you experience ups and downs, you can use Dharma to comprehend your experiences to learn from them. This practice involves meditation, self-inquiry, wisdom, compassion, and community. Dharma is about finding your own path of self-discovery and growth. Through this, you find your own inner monk and listen to your own great wisdom. This is a never-ending process as you grow and experience and add to the knowledge and experiences you have already gained. Dharma grows as you grow.

Mediation As A Practice

Meditation is a practiced way of building self-awareness and experiencing your reality in new ways. Sitting there, you relax your entire body, the tension in your shoulders, your knitted eyebrows, from your head to your toes, relax. Breathe.

Let go of your burdens and take in what is around you. Accept yourself for who you are and strive to live as who you want to be. The goal of this practice is to uncover your true nature and live it at all times. Dharma meditation is about listening to inner you.

Dharma is like reading a book with a wild imagination. You picture the scene, you feel the air, taste the food, you feel the passion and drive of the characters, most importantly, you understand the characters’ motivations inside and out.

When you stop in your own life to feel the air and listen to your thoughts, that is the practice of Dharma. Sensing the presence of your immediate reality as a whole. You are having a conversation with yourself, coming to know who you fundamentally are as a person during that moment. It is not about your first thoughts and initial tendencies. It is about what you are experiencing. You have to search your inner self and converse with that. This ungrounds your current basic principles and actions, this gives you a way through which you can experience who you truly are; unarmed and vulnerable.

Have compassion for yourself. You have been on a long journey through addiction, and you have more to discover long after your recovery. There is an end to your suffering, mindful meditation can help you get there.

Sobriety can include spiritual and emotional tools from all walks of life. Unsure of what services would be the best fit for you? Call Steps Recovery Centers today – 385-250-1701– to talk with one of our trained clinicians. With levels of care from outpatient to residential, we can meet you where you are and help boost your journey to recovery.

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