Mindfulness Meditation: A Peaceful Road to Recovery
Many struggling young adults have difficult in controlling their anxiety and depression.
This lack of mental peace, taken over by adult depression and adult anxiety, can pose an obstacle that prevents peaceful recovery. This is why one of the salient aspects of healthy recovery is to practice mindfulness techniques, including meditation.
What is Mindfulness Meditation?
Mindfulness meditation is a unique method of meditation and recovery, in that it is not directed toward getting people to be different from how they already are. Instead, it helps them to see and become aware of what is already self-evident moment by moment. It teaches people who to be unconditionally present, to be mentally there with whatever is happening, no matter what it is.
Doing so shows that everything we do is a choice, and that we are all connected as a global group. If person A gives into craving thoughts, and engages in behavior that negates his recovery, then persons A, B, C, and even D are going to be adversely affected by his behavior. This is in addition to person A, himself, being harmed.
Is Mindfulness Meditation Effective?
According to a recent study conducted by researchers of Lund University in Sweden, mindfulness can be just as effective as a therapist who practices cognitive behavioral therapy (Also referred to as CBT). This study involved patients focusing on the negative thoughts that plagued them, having a discussion that surrounded these thoughts, and then to engage in running experiments on them. The outcome showed that group mindfulness treatment, conducted by certified instructors in primary health care, was an effective means of treatment for depression and anxiety. Thus, group mindfulness treatment can be considered a viable alternative for individual therapy sessions, especially at primary healthcare centers.
Furthermore, researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD published recent findings in JAMA Internal Medicine that showed mindfulness meditation helps to ease psychological stresses, including anxiety, depression, and pain. Struggling young adults who are unable to cope with their adult anxiety and adult depression can turn to mindfulness meditation as means of striving toward peaceful recovery.
How can a struggling young adult move forward and find such help in mindfulness meditation?