Meditation involves training your mind to focus, and encourages mindfulness, awareness, and thought control. After hundreds of studies, it is becoming scientifically evident that meditation has both physical and mental benefits.
With many schools of thought and practices when it comes to meditation, we are going to focus on those we have found most useful as a trauma healing tool and are commonly used at The Bridge to Recovery.
This technique involves visualizing scenes, memories, images, and even desired outcomes. This technique is beneficial because:
This technique involves free thinking, or letting thoughts freely pass through our minds as they come and go. This practice focus on being in the present and connected with the world around you in the moment. This technique is beneficial because:
This technique promotes love, kindness, empathy, and compassion by practicing opening our minds to giving and accepting these gifts that we so often deny ourselves. This technique is beneficial because:
This technique involves allowing your body to move the way it is guided to. This often includes walking or dancing. This also involves free thinking, but while also letting your body respond. This technique is beneficial because:
This technique, which we often refer to as “grounding” at The Bridge to Recovery, involves placing focus using your five senses – what you can see, feel, taste, smell, and hear. This technique is beneficial because:
This technique involves placing focus on an object, item, or behavior while focusing everything else out. This technique is beneficial because:
This technique involves slowly focusing on individual tasks, such as relaxation beginning with a focus on resting our fingertips, then our arm muscles, until we have covered all muscle groups. This technique is beneficial because:
Practicing meditation can be very intimidating to some. Sometimes it is not taken seriously or people are not sure where to even begin. Our wonderful team of therapists work with our clients where they are at and with the techniques most beneficial to them.
Don’t worry, you will not be sitting around chanting mantras at the moon at midnight. But if you attend our program, you will be guided through meditation techniques at some point during your program.
Meditation used at The Bridge to Recovery is mostly about:
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