Self Talk Meditation and Prayer -
from the Recovery Learning Series at SupportNet.ca
- Resources for Your Recovery.
Recovery is learning to enjoy life - without the use
of alcohol or drugs that alter mind or mood.
It is treatment for the condition of addiction - an
approach to the challenges of life - and a path to
Recovery requires us to learn - about the true nature
It may be personalized - but it has its necessary
Principles and its Ways.
The Principles of Recovery provide direction - to
the choices that we face each day.
The Ways of Recovery provide
us with tools - that help us to heal - and to enjoy
life on life’s
This Learning Seminar introduces the topics of Self
Talk, Meditation and Prayer -
How you can use your mind to empower your recovery
When we first begin recovery, the mind is a restless
and erratic place.
Sick habits of thought lead us to anger, shame, despair
The stuff on our mind will always pull us - in one
direction or another.
And it is here that we find choice - to be led towards
sickness - or to harness the power of our mind towards
healing and health.
Self talk refers to our thoughts - as we talk with
our selves in our own mind.
We all do it - most of the time. And of course - it
is entirely normal.
It is a matter of what is said and how - useless chatter
or reassuring words - harshly critical or kind and
Pause now and then - to notice the stuff that is on
your mind - and where it is likely to lead.
Questions your thoughts - if they are a benefit to
you right now.
Are they reassuring - or critical? Do they lead you
to a solution? Or do they endlessly review a list of
your problems? Would you say such things to a person
Let go of your usual habits of thought. Replace them
with affirming words.
Today I will be a better person. Just for today
I will be kind to my self.
Our mind can only focus on one thought at a time.
Say something calming to your self - and squeeze out
a worrisome thought.
Say it over again. We criticize ourselves over again.
Why not repeat something that is reassuring to hear?
There are ways to talk that will better our mind and
that allow us to draw on its power.
Recovery Phrases are excellent reminders to repeat
to our selves.
This Too Shall Pass - Just For Today - One Step
At a Time and First Things First.
Self talk gives us a break from the useless chatter
that fills our head for most of the time.
Recovery phrases help to settle our mind - and remind
us of truths important to our health.
Repeat them often - as you talk with your self within
your own mind.
Meditation helps us to learn - about our mind, body
It shows us how easily we are distracted - pulled
away from this moment and out of our selves - by the
stuff that occurs around and within us.
Meditation is learning to let go - of the business
of the world - the clutter in our mind - and of the
feelings that come and go.
Active Meditation helps those who are easily distracted
- or who struggle with an overly restless mind - to
get started in meditation.
It uses your body and its movement - to help you settle
SupportNet introduces several types of Active Meditation
- including Walking Meditation, Progressive Muscular
Stretching and Abdominal Breathing.
During Mantra Meditation - we learn to rest our mind
on a short, calming phrase - that we repeat over and
again within our mind.
When we repeat the phrase - This Too Shall Pass -
it becomes a Mantra.
Mantra Meditation is portable. You can say your mantra
quietly within your mind at any time or in any place.
When you find your self lost in worrisome thoughts
- take a breath deeply to your lower belly - and begin
to repeat your mantra quietly to your self.
Meditation is a powerful tool of mental health, healing
and personal growth.
It helps us to let go of the stuff that clutters and
disturbs our mind.
It helps us to learn how to listen - to let go - to
calm and to settle our selves.
Prayer may not put a new car in your driveway - but
it can help with a great many things.
Ask for Help in the morning - and Give
Thanks at night - is a traditional recovery
It doesn’t matter to
whom or for what.
Prayer reminds us that we are not in charge of the
It takes a load off of our shoulders.
It reminds us that we are part of something larger
- and that things will work out as they will.
Prayer may not change the world right now - but prayer
can change things inside of us.
Prayer helps to relieve us of worry, resentment and
despair. Ask for help to let go of anger and worry.
Ask for relief - from the compulsion to use - and for
help to find your way.
Say a prayer for the person with whom you are most
angry. Do so every night for two weeks - and see how
you have changed.
The Serenity Prayer offers clarity to many of the
situations that concern us.
Grant me Serenity - to accept the things that
I cannot change - Courage to change the things that
I can - and Wisdom to know the difference.
Repeat the Serenity Prayer quietly to your self -
when you find yourself lost in worry - or when feeling
pressured by the burdens of life.
The stuff on our mind pulls us toward sickness or
Self Talk replaces fearful worries with messages of
reassurance and hope.
Meditation is learning to listen - to let go, calm
and to settle our selves.
And prayer reminds us that we are not always in charge.
It offers relief from disturbing states of mind.
Self Talk, Meditation and Prayer help us to harness
the power of our mind - to counteract the compulsion
of addiction - and to use our thoughts in the service
SupportNet offers introduction to these and other
ways to calm and to settle our selves.
You have now reached the end of Self Talk, Meditation
Look for this and other Learning
Series topics at www.SupportNet.ca – Resources
for Your Recovery.