Recovery from drug addiction is hard. There are no shortcuts, and the possibility of relapse is a daily reality. Now that you are clean, making lifestyle changes is necessary in order to stay clean. Meditation can help support your recovery and can be implemented alongside your drug addiction treatment. You may choose to engage in active meditation, like walking and yoga, or passive meditation, which is any kind of meditation practiced in a seated position.
Meditating at Home
Recovery comes in stages, and you may be at a stage where leaving your home is excruciating. You may feel the lifestyles changes you need to make are overwhelming, and thoughts of suicide may nag at you. Here are some meditation techniques that can be done at home:
Focused attention meditation: Focus on one thing. This can be your breath, an object, or even your addiction. You can add calming music in the background like the sound of a waterfall, soft drips of water, or even classical music. Or you may choose to have no music at all. Focused attention meditation is at the core of Chakra and Kundalini meditation.
Mantra meditation: This is another kind of meditation you can practice alone. This involves chanting a word or a syllable of your choosing. You may choose to say the word out loud or even whisper it. But the goal here, like with other forms of meditation, is to focus the mind.
Meditating with a Group
Besides your addiction recovery group, you can also consider joining a meditation group. Unlike meditations performed alone, here there is a practitioner who often guides the class through the meditation in steps. This can be a great way to learn about meditation. You’ll also be connecting with others and figuring out how better to integrate different kinds of meditation into your recovery plan. Here are some types of meditation that can work in a group setting:
Metta meditation (or Loving-Kindness meditation): Loving-Kindness meditation can be the perfect type of meditation to practice in a group setting. You start by generating loving feelings towards yourself and gradually extend that love outwards towards one person at a time. Eventually, you encompass the entire universe. Metta meditation can help with your feelings of anger, self-loathing, and resentment.
Transcendental meditation: There are many practitioners of transcendental meditation who can help teach you not only how to do it effectively but how you can apply it to your own recovery needs. Transcendental meditation is backed by plenty of research and scientific papers.
Meditating in Nature
Walking in a park or taking a hike through the woods sounds deceptively simple. But it has been proven to be hugely beneficial. Nature offers more than just the physical benefits of fresh air and exercise; nature can literally soothe your mind and your soul. Nature’s healing properties shouldn’t be underestimated. In fact, taking an actual walk doesn’t have to be the goal. Meditating by a lake, the beach, or in a meadow can be calming. Simply closing your eyes and listening to nature can help, too. There are different meditation techniques you can practice in nature. Some examples include:
Buddhist meditation: This technique involves sitting on the ground or on a chair. You can choose to focus on your breath or you may do what is called “just sitting” or Shinkataza. This kind of meditation in nature means you are aware of everything around you: the wind, the birds, the trees, the insects, and more.
“I Am” meditation: Being immersed in nature is a perfect time to practice the Self-Enquiry meditation in order to find out who you are, how you can grow, learn, build, and heal. The “I Am” technique doesn’t focus on an object or an external being. You focus on you, your recovery process, and the new path of sobriety that you need to embrace.
Yoga as Meditation
Exercise and a healthy diet lower the risk of a relapse. Now that you’re making changes, consider committing to weekly or even daily Yoga classes. You can choose classes that focus on Third Eye Meditation, Chakra Meditation, or Kundalini Meditation. As yoga does involve the body, there are physical exercises or movements that accompany the meditation. Kriya yoga is a good example. For those who are looking for more physically challenging yoga, Bikram yoga involves 26 breathing exercises and postures in a room heated to roughly 105 degrees.