How could this benefit someone with addiction? Coming out of the chaos of addiction, care for self has often been minimal, if not obsolete. People in the throes of addiction often focus all their attention on the next drink or drug, creating a disconnect from their core needs. Getting a sober and clearer mind is the beginning of being able to absorb the benefits of holistic care.
What are some things a person can do to create a connectedness with self? Learning to be in solitude with self can be a difficult task – for anyone. The mind wanders and races; we worry about the future or dwell on the past. Being present is key to holistic living. When we are present, the mind is able to focus, our breathing slows, we are aware of our surroundings and can hear our body’s needs. This is the essence of meditation, being present.
Here are some tips to bringing awareness to basic needs:
- Slow down. Our society often equates being contemplative with idleness. Allow yourself that pause before moving on to the next task.
- Breathe. A simple mediation is focusing on the breath, inhaling slowly, and exhaling slowly. When feeling overwhelmed, try simply breathing for a few cycles of breath.
- Get out into nature. Taking a walk in nature does wonders for our holistic needs. Mindfully walk, taking every sight in with new eyes and feeling the ground beneath your feet.
- Reflect. Check in with yourself throughout the day, where am I mentally? How do I feel physically? Bring awareness to the presence of your body and mind