Fortunate and excited to share with you an article and meditation of mine that was recently published in Recovery today magazine! 🙂
River: A Powerful Meditation for Healing from Addiction
Meditation is a powerful tool to relax the mind and create space for healing and rejuvenation. A daily meditation practice incorporated into treatment is a valuable tool for recovery from drugs and addiction. A growing body of research shows that meditation can rewire our brains and increases space in our minds to help us better respond to stress, make smarter decisions, and overall improve the quality of your life.
Guided Imagery is a type of meditation that speaks directly to your subconscious mind, the part of your mind that houses your feelings and emotions. This part of your mind responds to symbols and imagery to literally guide your mind, body, and soul in healing.
I am a trained clinical hypnotherapist and love creating individual meditations for clients, guiding and allowing your own mind to create exactly what it needs in order to heal itself.
River is the perfect symbol for recovery, it’s a powerful symbol for strength and resiliency. River flows effortlessly around obstacles, transforms the earth around you, powerfully carving canyons and smoothing rocks. River also knows when to slow down and enjoy its own gentle strength. River flows from fresh mountain snow, gracefully gaining wisdom from the journey, bringing life and abundance to all that surrounds it.
5 Steps for Connecting to the Symbol: River
1. Before you begin, give your self permission to allow these next few minutes to be for you and your healing journey. Take a moment to put your phone on silent, dim the lights, light a candle, and find a comfortable position where you can rest and rejuvenate.
2. Begin by taking 3 deep inhales through the nose and exhale out the mouth. Exhale out all that stale air and stale energy from your system Exhale all the way to the bottom of the out breath where there is a gentle pause. And enjoy the next deep, nourishing, and fresh inhale.
3. Begin by starting at the top of your head and scan through your body, softening any place where you notice tension. Give yourself an opportunity to fully relax.
4. Bring your awareness to your heart center and begin to think of River and notice what naturally comes to mind to you. Use all your senses, touch, taste, sound, sight, and smell to create a beautiful synergy of you and river.
5. When you feel ready, begin to return to your body. Take a moment for a prayer or a few words of gratitude of appreciation. And when you are ready open your eyes, refreshed and renewed.
Below you will find my River Meditation created to help you breathe, and relax into the flow and peace of River’s journey.
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