Mindfulness is the practice of continually choosing to come back to the present moment with awareness and acceptance. It can help you slow down and live life with a deeper intention and compassion for yourself and others.
Although you can practice mindfulness at any time, whether you are in a deep meditative state or not, meditation is a great way to begin cultivating a mindfulness practice. Meditation can help you learn to become an observer of the thoughts, feelings, sensations, and experiences that are happening within and around you. Furthermore, being the observer of what you are experiencing — rather than becoming stuck in your experience — can help you remain present and calm amid the stress and anxiety of everyday life.
Writing is another great way to integrate mindfulness practice into your life, especially if sitting in silence feels intimidating to you. Through writing what you are experiencing mentally, physically, and emotionally, journaling can help you access a connection to your present experience. It is important to be nonjudgmental during this practice and let your thoughts flow.
Concentrating on your breathing is a powerful way to get into the present moment. During the times you find yourself feeling irritable, anxious, or frantic, practicing a few moments of deep and intentional breathing can connect you back to the present moment. You can practice mindful breathing on your own or utilize some of the many apps that are available to guide you.
Mindfulness can help you live the life you want to live and have better relationships, including with yourself. It is a framework for cultivating presence, inner peace, balance, and harmony in a world where it can be easy to experience anxiety, fear, and stress. Being mindful — and adding mindful practices into your daily life — can help you during your recovery process.
Mindfulness is a daily practice and process of coming back to the present moment when you have disconnected from it. If you or a loved one is struggling in their recovery journey, we can help. At Avalon Malibu, we recognize how stressful recovery can be and how mindfulness can help you to cultivate inner peace, calm, and stability. We have many different treatment options for you to receive the support that makes the most sense for you or your loved one. Our trained professionals support a safe and secure environment for healing. To learn more, call us today at (844) 857-5992.