One of the primary goals of Good Heart Recovery’s mental health and substance abuse program is to teach our clients not only how to meditate, but how to develop and strengthen a daily mindfulness practice that extends beyond a traditional sitting practice.
Our minds are incessant with thought patterns and useless content, much of which we have gathered throughout our lives and feel define us as living beings. “I am my thoughts” is a general unspoken agreement we make with ourselves daily, and either feel validated when our thoughts become actions that yield positive results, or punish ourselves over and over again (sometimes for years) when our thoughts yield negative consequences through our actions. When mindfulness-based meditation is applied to issues surrounding mental health or substance abuse treatment, if trained properly and with daily application, we begin to gain the ability to establish an identity outside of the world of thought, one of awareness as a witness to thought. This can be highly medicinal to anyone who has solely based their worth on the ongoing contents of their minds, and can lead to a mind that at times can be silent and still.