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Mindful Recovery.

Mindful Recovery Foundation integrates emotion science and evidence based contemplative practices into a recovery support program for for people who have been treated for addictions, anxiety, depression and burnout. Recovery support is a non-clinical part of behavioral health and is designed to provide long term support after completing a treatment program. Participants should have a working knowledge of their condition and have found that mindfulness and meditation are an appropriate part of their recovery.

Recovery Support

SAMHSA developed the following working definition for recovery from both mental health and addiction disorders.

"Recovery is a process of change through which people improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential. This definition does not describe recovery as an end state, but rather as a process.

 

Complete symptom remission is neither a prerequisite of recovery nor a necessary outcome of the process. Recovery can have many pathways that may include: “professional treatment; medications; support from families and in schools; faith-based approaches; peer support; and other approaches." 

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Dimensions of Recovery

Home - Having a stable and safe place to live

Health - Learning to overcome, manage or more successfully live with the symptoms and making healthy choices that support one’s physical and emotional wellbeing

Purpose - Having meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school, volunteer work, or creative endeavors; and having the independence, income, and resources to participate in society.

Community - Having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness involves paying attention to our experience in the present moment, with curiosity, compassion and acceptance. It is a blend of modern psychology and the ancient wisdom of meditation, which helps us to live life more fully and with a greater sense of perspective - Oxford Mindfulness Centre

Mindfulness Meditations

  1. Mindfulness of the Body

  2. Mindfulness of Feeling 

  3. Mindfulness of Mind

  4. Mindfulness of Mental States

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Heart Practice Meditation

Compassion -  Defined as the feeling that arises when you are confronted with another’s suffering and feel motivated to relieve that suffering. GGSC 

Kindness -Friendliness, good will, and active interest in the well being of ourselves and others

Gratitude - "An affirmation of goodness." We affirm that there are good things in the world and experience joy from appreciating other people's well-being.

Equanimity - Our ability to calm down when upset or angry, and to recover from adversity. 

Emotional Balance

Emotional balance is defined as having awareness of one’s own and others’ emotional behaviors, emotional experiences and emotional triggers as they arise. And, from this awareness, making wise choices while engaging with the emotional experience. 

 

Most emotions researchers agree on these five Universal Emotions: Fear, Enjoyment, Disgust, Anger and Sadness. Emotions that all humans, no matter where or how we were raised, have in common. ​​

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