Thoughts on Getting Back to Meditation

Perhaps you were enthusiastic about meditation when you first began practicing during treatment for an addiction. You may have found that it really helped calm your nervous system, and quieted your mind in the midst of all you were going through.

However many days, months or years you’ve been sober one day at a time, you’ve had to learn to live on life’s terms. Sad things happen like the loss of a beloved dog, cat, farm animal, or horse. One parent has dementia. You’re behind on your car payments. Whatever it is, bravo for not letting these situations interfere with your sobriety.

Have you given any thought to getting back into the habit of meditating on a daily basis? Remember how it helped before, when you were first struggling with sobriety? Of course, you might think you don’t have the time with all you’ve got on your plate. Think about changing your thoughts from not having enough time, to making a small bit of time. Turn the idea of meditating again into something positive in your life.

Your life is in constant flux, and your often have little control over sad or difficult circumstances, let alone the ones that cause anger. When you sit down to meditate again, or do a walking meditation, do so with the intention of being curious. What is my anger or distress all about? Can I change my habitual reactions to what comes my way?

Try giving yourself 10 minutes a day for meditating and see how you feel. Another action you can take is to pay more attention to what is around you. You may be rushing off to your place of work. As you walk towards the building, a woman or man could walk past you wearing a particularly beautiful colored coat or sweater. Notice it. Notice the high cirrus clouds, the color of the sky at a certain time during the day. Concentrate on what you eat and how you eat it. Along with the ups and downs, life has indefinite beauty to give us, and meditation can bring us more intune with living fully.

“Meditation is a process of lightening up, of trusting the basic goodness of what we have and who we are, and of realizing that any wisdom that exists, exists in what we already have.” —Pema Chodron

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