“Life never stops”. A phrase of utter simplicity that carries layers to it like that of an onion. Is the person whispering such in reference to their existential crisis? Maybe they bellowed it out of sheer exhaustion from the million and a half things they are dividing their attention into. Or maybe they said it just to say it out of blatant obviousness, and there’s no double or triple entendre to begin with. Sometimes you have to analyze a few of those layers, make sure they’re still good and what not.
Okay all onion jokes aside, the statement remains true regardless of the reasoning for saying it. Life likes to whip curveballs at us when we least expect it. These surprises usually come when we are in the midst of dealing with the previous curveballs. So in preparation for the next we start future tripping about what’s to come, or perpendicularly we focus too long that what has already passed. Slowly we begin to lose touch with “the now”.
For some, this okay. For others, like those attempting sobriety, this does not work. Sobriety requires mindfulness; being conscientious of past, present, and future. Becoming self aware in recovery means staying entirely present in the moment(something we are usually not acute to). Our minds like to wander and we let the curiosity of the unknown lead the way. To remain sober we have to put our best foot forward, which means being mindful. Keeping in mind to keep things in mind takes much more mental energy than we give truth to.
The Awareness of Being Self Aware
There is a little complexity to it, but in the end self awareness is just a little bit of introspective mindfulness placed forward for better understanding of self. The true definition of mindfulness is “the nonjudgmental awareness of experiences in the moment”. This in part means calling ourselves out when we begin traveling down the alleged rabbit hole, wasting precious minutes tick-tocking on our biological clock. Maybe it takes a little learning, practice does make perfect, but becoming self aware in recovery is much easier than it may seem. There’s a slew of added benefits other than just sobriety maintenance.
Becoming self aware in recovery will go on to help lower stress, reduce anxiety, decrease depression, slow down the mind’s aging process, improve mental health, increase concentration techniques and even help to better sleeping patterns. Practicing this state of mind allows us to reflect on the situations we put ourselves into and why we handle them the way we do.
Rumination will give a non filtered perspective on things that we’d typically justify by overlooking. These are the things that are there, but we don’t see due to being on autopilot. Many studies in Psychology of the Mind and Science will refer to these problems as “blind spots”. The human mind has a strong ability to justify and rationalize things subconsciously as it sees fit. This is a technique that allows us to conquer our own emotions and look at them from an objective standpoint.
Finding Your Center
When it comes to becoming, you can’t rush into it, nor can you take your time. After all, “Life never stops” right? However, we can slow everything down to a comfortable pace as we focus on what’s current. We can organize thought patterns and recognize irrationality if we choose to. In order to do so though we must stop and ask ourselves a series of questions with anything/everything that happens. Play the tape out. Is this happening to me right this moment?” If it is, what can I do about it? If it isn’t, why am I worrying about it? We willingly choose to fret about all the woulda, coulda, shouldas when all that does is waste time. That gets weary quickly. Most of us don’t need help allowing anxiety and depression in; common uninvited guests that sneak in thru the back door. Both are the mere presents of not staying in the present.
Taking a thorough look at our characteristics will bring them to the surface, only bringing us another step closer to acceptance of the present. Becoming self aware in recovery will demand attentiveness in areas like:
- Noticing Your Emotions
- Paying Close Attention to Activated Senses
- Watching Your Thought Bubbles
- Engaging Deeply with Another
- Releasing Some Endorphins
Just practicing any one of the tactics for mindfulness will pave a previously rocky road. Everything will have a new understanding to it as you begin to understand yourself.
Keeping Mindfulness in Mind
Becoming self aware in recovery opens up a path for knowledge, learning, and education. We go throughout the course of our day watching others while creating judgments/perceptions in our head. Most of us would love to claim innocence, but we all do it from time to time. This means somebody does it to you too. So much is seen but so little is shared.
Mindfulness doesn’t only promote the muscles of the mind though. The physical aspects that are gained through mental gymnastics will show their inner strength as well. We forget the mind and body are connected in more ways that we are privy to. Becoming self aware in recovery will help reduce stress that would normally flood the body with toxins. We undoubtedly poison ourselves everyday with this fear and stress, but reflection is the straightforward antidote. Trust yourself and heal the physician within. If you or someone you love is suffering from drug or alcohol addiction, call us today and take the first step towards a new life (877) 813-9235.