4 Myths About Mindfulness

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Are you living with false beliefs about mindfulness which prevent you from developing a practice?

You Need Mindfulness When There’s Something Wrong

It’s true that mindfulness is especially helpful for people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction or who struggle with a mental health disorder like depression or anxiety. However, you don’t have to have a problem in order for mindfulness to fix it. In fact, mindfulness is not a fix for any problem. Problems aren’t required. Mindfulness is just a tool to bring yourself into the present moment.

Mindful Meditation Makes You Complacent

Non Judgment, detachment, radical acceptance- all of these tools of mindfulness are for helping you embrace life on life’s terms and understand that there are some things you cannot change. There is a difference between condoning and accepting. You can accept something as it is without condoning what it is. You don’t have to be complacent in order to be nonjudgmental and accepting. In fact, you have to not be complacent with how you are currently relating to a situation in order to move into mindfulness.

Mindfulness Isn’t Not Religious

Buddhism and mindfulness are deeply entwined, but it is not the sole root of mindfulness. The Buddha only discovered how mindfulness worked for him, but he certainly did not invent it. Mindfulness is a spiritual practice, but not a religious one. If you are practicing mindfulness, you are not adhering to any dogma or deity.

Mindfulness Doesn’t Do Anything

This is perhaps the most damaging myth of all. Mindfulness is being scientifically proven to provide a wealth of benefits both physical and psychological. Helping heart health, brain health, memory health, and more. Mindfulness practice help reduce symptoms of stress, depression, anxiety, and reduce withdrawal symptoms as well.

Aurora Recovery Centre believes in the power of a spiritual program. That is why each member works with a spiritual mentor and spends time developing their own sense of spirituality. Our residential treatment programs are available for anyone looking to recover and change their lives. For more information call 844-515-STOP.

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