Meditation is used in combination with other alternative approaches and traditional therapies to give clients a comprehensive treatment experience that heals mind, body and spirit.\r\nWhat Is Mindfulness Meditation?\r\nA primary goal of mindfulness meditation is focusing the mind on the present moment. When people are mindful, they\u2019re aware of their thoughts and feelings in the present, without drifting to the past or racing ahead to the future. There\u2019s no self-judgment involved in mindfulness meditation.\r\n\r\nMindfulness is a meditative practice with its origins in Buddhism, dating back 2,500 years. In ancient times, practitioners engaged in mindfulness meditation to improve concentration, reach a state of inner peace, unlock human potential, and achieve spiritual and intellectual development.\r\n\r\nIn more recent times, research has concentrated on the medical and psychological benefits of mindfulness meditation. Evidence shows mindfulness techniques and meditation can improve some physical health symptoms and reduce certain psychological symptoms.\r\nBenefits of Mindfulness Meditation\r\nMindfulness meditation encourages clients to regain their ability to focus on the present, to strip away extraneous thoughts and concerns and just be in the moment.\r\n\r\nResearch points to a multitude of positive effects of mindfulness meditation including:\r\n\r\n \tIncreased compassion and empathy\r\n \tImproved cognitive function\r\n \tBetter focus and concentration\r\n \tBoosted immune system\r\n \tDecreased emotional reactivity\r\n \tReduced anxiety and stress\r\n \tImproved body image\r\n \tFewer sleep problems\r\n \tImproved relationship satisfaction\r\n \tLower blood pressure\r\n \tReduced depressive symptoms\r\n\r\nMindfulness Meditation as a Recovery Tool\r\nPromises clients may be introduced to mindfulness meditation while in treatment, and it\u2019s a practice they can continue when they return home. Mindfulness practices like meditation offer profound and long-lasting benefits as clients embrace a healthy lifestyle. It\u2019s also helpful as a coping mechanism when stress and triggering situations threaten to sabotage hard-won progress in addiction and mental health recovery.