“Meditation is a crucial part of recovery”
When you are suffering from an eating disorder, anxiety, depression or other trauma responses (more commonly referred to as mental illnesses), your body and brain are in over-drive keeping up with the constant battle you are having with yourself. Meditation allows you to relax, step back and challenge your thoughts.
Many of us with unprocessed trauma are nurturing negative thoughts, critical internal beliefs and allowing our unwell voice to shout louder. Mindfulness meditation can help develop a person’s capacity to observe their thoughts. The ability to separate from their thoughts makes reflection on their actions easier allowing the sufferer to think more consciously about which decisions they have and which action they are going to take.
Meditation not only enhances our control of our thinking capacity creating a sense of empowerment, but it also raises our bodily awareness putting us in touch with the sensations of our bodies. Reconnecting with your body and increasing the ability to self-regulate your emotions is pivotal to the healing process.
So, yes, in our view meditation is an extremely important part of a person’s recovery. Put time aside each day to meditate. Focus on controlling your thoughts rather than letting your thoughts control you. Your thoughts are not your reality.
My First Experience Of Meditation – Charlotte Main, Industrial Placement Student
“I have to say I had my reservations about starting meditation but pretty much everyone working at the Recover Clinic swears by it. So having been here for two months now, I thought it was time to give it a go. One hour of trying to be relaxed but alert is surprisingly challenging to say the least. Yet I came out of it feeling relaxed (somewhat drowsy) and feeling a little better in myself. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, what to feel or what to do but under direction, I just went with it. I found it quite difficult to control my mind and to stop it drifting to other thoughts. I never quite realised how hard focusing actually is. Our minds can have more control than we think and I can now see that learning to control our thoughts, especially when in recovery, is key. So I’m going to continue with it, embracing every meditation opportunity, and see where it takes me”