Personal Reflection

How Practicing Mindfulness Helped Me During My Recovery

Being mindful made me listen to my body.

In high school, I had a yoga teacher who made the class meditate every day. In retrospect, I’m grateful for that experience.

Even though I don’t meditate all the time, I do try to be mindful. Especially when my body is in pain.

Nowadays, I stretch often because that’s when I’m able to be more mindful. I become aware of my breathing as well as how I’m feeling.

I struggle with the non-judgemental side of meditating. What can I say? I’m a judgemental person. But honestly, judging others doesn’t make me happier. If anything, I prefer minding my own business. Which is why I try to.

In my experience, I suck at reserving judgment. I’m trying to be more mindful of that.

I’m a fan of mindfulness meditation. It doesn’t solve every problem under the sun, but the practice helped me during a difficult time. I felt more in touch with my body, not just physically but mentally and emotionally as well.

I also put aside my own judgement long enough to cry a lot of tears. While I know crying isn’t going to fix anything, I tend to feel better after.

I need to express my emotions somehow, regardless of whether they are positive or negative.

Meditation is personal in many ways, and that’s okay. The practice differs from person to person. One form of meditation might not work for you but maybe another will.

At the very least, being aware of how you’re doing isn’t a bad thing.

6 thoughts on “How Practicing Mindfulness Helped Me During My Recovery

  1. When I am in severe pain, which happens more than other people are aware of, I stretch slowly moving my back, neck, and limbs (usually to music, or at least really slowly), I can usually come to a better place and change my irritability to rhythmic breathing and gratitude that I am still mobile. I guess this is one form of mindfulness. I do believe in prayer, both praise and thanksgiving, and intercessory prayer for the needs of others. I keep a legal pad with a list of people I am praying for, and mark on it when the last time I checked on them was, how they are doing, and I always feel especially good when I can write “PTL” (Praise the Lord/ a way of saying thank you) next to their name.

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    1. Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. I like stretching as well. It helped me recover. I tend to listen to music. But I’m usually more mindful of how I’m feeling if I stretch in silence. That’s good. Whatever works best. Keeping a gratitude journal has changed my perspective on life. Awww, you’re awesome. Keep being you!

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