Sobriety And Mindfulness: Finding Peace in the Present Moment
May 27, 2024

Sobriety And Mindfulness: Finding Peace in the Present Moment

In this episode of "Sisters in Sobriety," Sonia and Kathleen explore the transformative power of mindfulness in the recovery journey. They will delve into how mindfulness can help manage stress, recognize triggers, and cultivate a sense of peace and stability, all of which are crucial for long-term sobriety.

Join the discussion as Sonia and Kathleen unpack the concept of mindfulness. What does mindfulness really mean? How can it be integrated into daily life and recovery efforts? They will answer these questions and more, providing valuable insights into emotional regulation, improving focus, and fostering a deeper connection with your inner self. 

Listeners will learn about the key principles of mindfulness and its significant impact on both physical and mental health. The episode will cover how mindfulness helps in recognizing triggers, managing stressors, and creating a calming effect. Non-judgmental awareness, present moment focus, and mindfulness techniques for managing cravings and emotional triggers will be discussed. 

Kathleen shares her personal journey with mindfulness, from her initial intimidation to integrating it into her daily life through yoga and meditation. Her story highlights how mindfulness has helped her manage ADHD, anxiety, and depression, providing a relatable and inspiring example of its benefits. Tune in to hear more about how mindfulness has transformed her life and can potentially transform yours too.

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[00:01:06] - Kathleen talks about the importance of mindfulness and her excitement for the topic.

[00:01:33] - Sonia shares a personal story about running for the first time in years and the impact on her physically.

[00:02:07] - Discussion on the concept of mindfulness and its relevance in a fast-paced world.

[00:02:27] - Kathleen outlines the key principles of mindfulness and its benefits in recovery.

[00:03:00] - Kathleen introduces Jon Kabat-Zinn and his definition of mindfulness.

[00:04:14] - Sonia shares her initial struggles with understanding and practicing mindfulness.

[00:05:02] - Kathleen defines mindfulness in her own words as being fully present in the here and now.

[00:05:21] - Kathleen talks about integrating mindfulness into her life through yoga.

[00:06:47] - Kathleen shares her experience with meditation during her yoga teacher training in Mexico.

[00:08:00] - Discussion on how mindfulness helps manage stress and recognize triggers in recovery.

[00:08:46] - Kathleen explains the physical and mental benefits of mindfulness for those recovering from addiction.

[00:10:07] - Sonia and Kathleen discuss the impact of mindfulness on anxiety and how it helps manage emotional triggers.

[00:11:36] - Kathleen explains how mindfulness allows for mindful choices rather than impulsive reactions to triggers.

[00:12:47] - Kathleen describes the process of observing cravings and urges like waves, emphasizing the temporary nature of these feelings.

[00:14:41] - Sonia talks about her personal experience with cravings and how they typically last about 20 minutes.

[00:16:38] - Discussion on the stages of recovery where mindfulness is especially beneficial, particularly in early sobriety.

[00:18:59] - Kathleen shares how mindfulness reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression by focusing on the present moment.

[00:19:58] - Sonia and Kathleen discuss integrating mindfulness with other forms of therapy and treatment.

[00:25:25] - Kathleen talks about her participation in a mindfulness-based cognitive therapy group and the positive impact of mindfulness research.


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