The Potential Benefits of Meditation

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At Volunteers of America Southwest, we believe that there are many different contributing factors to a successful recovery from addiction challenges. Of course we think the medical professionals and case managers in our organization are the best and most important resource (shout out to all our behavioral health family!), and their expertise is indispensable. Without them, no one would make it through their journey to recovery.

But once our residential treatment program at Renaissance Treatment Center is completed, what happens then? Sometimes the hardest part of living a life after addiction is fighting the urges to go back to old habits. Unfortunately, some people do end up falling back into these old behaviors, no matter how well they did during a program. It's just a part of the lifelong journey of recovery.

Latinx women sitting with palms touching, wearing a gray tank top and her hair down.That's where we envision our new Resource & Recovery Center coming into play. The approach we're taking with this vital new tool is to incorporate many different resources and tools that people use on their path back to a normal life. These things include peer to peer alumni counseling, family activities and involvement, job readiness and computer literacy, and even yoga classes. These tools, and more, perform an incredibly valuable function in the "next steps" phase of recovery.

So while meditation may not be a class we offer at the RRC, the good news is that it's something you can do in between this sentence and the next! Seriously!

Don't believe us? Let us explain.

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Meditation can sound scary at first; what's probably coming to your mind is sitting on top of some remote mountain with no one else around, trying your hardest to empty your mind of all thoughts, not moving for the next 36 hours. Well we're here to tell you that that's just a myth!

All it takes to meditate is just a few seconds. Again, seriously. Try it with us. Take a moment to pause from reading this. Sit comfortably wherever you are. Close your eyes. And just breathe naturally, paying attention to that breath and how it moves your body. Finish that breath. Congratulations, you just meditated!

Yes, even just this tiny bit of meditation can have a lot of positive benefits. We'd be willing to bet that you felt even just the tiniest bit better after that one breath. Go ahead and try another - we'll wait.

If you want to learn more about practicing meditation and mindfulness, go ahead and click here. But we've got some more interesting stuff to tell you about the potential benefits.

As it turns out, meditation might be good for more than just finding a moment of quiet and calm during your busy life. There is some scientific evidence to suggest that other benefits may be derived from a meditative practice! Some people claim it helps them achieve better sleep, reduce their anxiety, even aid with pain and blood pressure!

We found this fascinating article during our searching, and we wanted to share it with you. This article is from HealthLine.com and outlines 12 potential benefits of meditation. Check it out here!

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