Mindfulness was originally an eastern Buddhist practice that has, in more recent years, taken root in hospitals and institutions across the western hemisphere. Mindfulness is an Evidenced Based Practice that has been proven through empirical research to be highly effective in treating the symptoms associated with mental, emotional, and physical illness. Mindfulness is simply defined as, “Paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present-moment, and nonjudgmentally” (Zinn, 1994). For so many people, especially those in high stress fast-paced lifestyles, their minds are constantly either in the future, or the past. People are striving to constantly get somewhere as they check things off on their “to do list.” In a sense, we have become “human-doings,” rather than human-beings. Through MBSR, individuals are taught a series of simple (but sometimes challenging) techniques designed to bring awareness to the present moment, and find peace amidst the chaos. Just as the surface of the ocean can become tumultuous as the atmospheric pressure begins to change, so too can our minds depending on the conditions of our lives. No matter how choppy the surface of the ocean is, if you drop 40 feet below the surface the waters are still and calm. Mindfulness allows us the ability to find stillness despite the conditions of our lives.
At Tailored Transitions we believe drugs are only one symptom of the larger disease. The “disease” of addiction is much more encompassing than the obsessive/compulsive symptoms related to substance use. It can be more accurately described as anything that puts a person in a state of dis-ease. The illness, at its’ core is a mental, physical, and spiritual ailment that leads individuals to self-medicate to change the way they feel. By changing irrational thinking patterns (CBT) and applying the principles of Mindfulness, we learn to improve the way we feel. The better we feel, the less likely we are to use self-destructive addictive behaviors to escape.