There is an alarmingly high percentage of people who have experienced trauma. Whether in childhood or in your current life situation, trauma and grief are consistently associated with a person’s behavior and mental health. When we experience a traumatic event, the stress that our minds experience can completely change the way we interact with others, and how we experience the world from then on.
Most forms of trauma physically change the way our brains are wired. The neural pathways in our minds form networks of reactions to specific stimuli. This can cause incredible strain on us as we struggle to live with a “new normal.”
Fortunately, there is the hope of healing. Regardless of how painful our experiences may be, the neural networks are flexible. We can work to restore our balance and rework the connections our minds have made with the onset of trauma. And in so doing, we can gain control once more over our emotional and mental integrity.
Most forms of trauma benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy
It is a way to help us to interrupt negative thoughts with good thoughts so that triggers and negative stimuli are not so overwhelming. Meditation can be a great way to redirect your thoughts and gain a more masterful control over your feelings.
In utilizing meditation, we can take the time to sit down and take a breath if we find ourselves triggered by an event that we encounter. We can carve out a “happy” place, or more importantly, a safe place in our minds away from the negative thoughts surrounding each reminder of our trauma.
Mindfulness meditation is a particularly useful tool in treating PTSD and other problems that can arise with an injury. It is a way to disconnect ourselves from bad experiences by focusing on the present moment. In doing so, we begin to redirect our brains and allow our neural pathways to form new paths away from the triggering event and toward a more profound calm.
Loving-kindness meditation is also a great way to help your mind recover from the pain of trauma and abuse. If you have experienced something that has left you feeling like you are not valuable or worthwhile of love, meditation can help you feel more comfortable with yourself and find compassion for yourself. This way, you can allow yourself to grow in a healthy and honest way.
Trauma and abuse can also leave us very angry
This is another benefit of loving-kindness meditation. This form of meditation can help us to find the capacity to forgive the unforgivable and allow ourselves to let go of past hurts and focus on a life of compassion and regrowth.
No matter what we have experienced, considering meditation is an excellent step toward finding strength, peace, and healing. We can learn to forgive the harm we have endured and created a safe space where we can move forward with our lives with confidence and understanding. You can do it!
How Meditation Can Help Us Win the Fight Against Addiction
Meditation is an incredible tool, no matter how you look at it. Anything that can help us to promote gamma waves in the brain and help us to maintain an objective and balanced state of mind is worth looking into. Whether we can benefit immediately or over time through long-term practice, meditation is a tool that can be fully utilized for good.
Studies have shown that consistent meditation has been linked with recovery from addiction. People who have found themselves struggling with addiction have been able to utilize meditation as a tool that can help them to overcome their mental and emotional dependence on foreign substances.
Begin a journey of healing from within
These people also find that meditation is an excellent way to interrupt cravings for their addiction and replace those cravings with introspective, calming meditations that help to reaffirm why they are on a journey to recovery and stay on track.
People who were encouraged to meditate as a way to help them during their addiction recovery were far more likely to quit their addiction entirely. It has been known to help people who are struggling to prevent relapses and is often maintained long after they have successfully quit their habit. Meditation can play a crucial role in helping to support the balance that is necessary to survive in a stressful, triggering environment. It allows people who are struggling to observe the situations they find themselves in without having reactive emotional reactions. Such as turning to the coping mechanism that got them into trouble in the first place.
Instead, meditation helps the brain to remain balanced and objective throughout the recovery process, and even long after. To ensure that the stress we find ourselves struggling to handle will not ultimately cause more issues. We are better able to cope with our addictions healthily and productively, as our brains become trained to adapt to stressful situations without becoming overwhelmed.
Mindfulness meditations can be particularly useful when it comes to combating addictions
It can be beneficial for anybody who is having a craving for something that they are addicted to. Being able to take their focus off of their craving and bring it to the present moment. Interrupting the cravings with thoughts that process what we are currently experiencing is an excellent way to disrupt the neural pathways that have begun to solidify as a part of the addiction.
No matter what stage of addiction you find yourself in, meditation has been proven as a useful tool in both prevention and recovery. In learning how to manage our emotions and maintain the peace within ourselves, we are able to handle better the negative stimulus we encounter during daily life and make decisions that are closely aligned to our true intentions.
It doesn’t matter what it is that you find yourself addicted to; meditation can help. We have the power to lead a healthy life, and using meditation is an excellent tool in doing so!