Why do we struggle in life? That’s a question that many religions, philosophers, and scholars have tried to tackle for centuries. You’d be hard-pressed to find any human being who hasn’t experienced their fair share of pain and difficulty. It often comes in the form of trauma, abuse, neglect, break-ups, betrayals, disappointment, failures, illnesses, loss, and grief.
Regardless of the type or severity of their hardships, people typically find ways to survive. But, unfortunately, some of the ways we adapt our thoughts and behaviors in order to survive get in the way of our ability to thrive.
When we feel pain or discomfort, we tend to try to avoid it, suppress it, or repress it; or, we find some distraction through drugs, alcohol, food, sex, or any number of other substances and activities.
Mindfulness is about bringing unconditional, nonjudgmental attention to our experience in the present moment. Its aim is to help us learn how to tolerate, accept, and even appreciate our pain, and emotional experiences. Mindfulness work teaches us how to really show up in our lives without being constantly distracted by fears of fantasies and without wishing for things to be other than they are.
So, how do we go about this work? There is no one “right” way, but many people begin to cultivate mindfulness through the regular practice of meditation. Many experts believe that you can begin to notice changes in your moods and perceptions with as little as 10 minutes a day of meditation.
That’s why each Monday The Meadows will offer you the opportunity to meditate with one of our experts. Watch The Meadows Facebook page for a live, 10 to 15 minute, guided meditation every week.
Joyce Willis will be leading our first Mindful Monday session on Oct. 24 at 12:30 Mountain Standard Time (3:30 p.m. Eastern) Joyce is a therapist at The Meadows with 18 years of experience with mindfulness and meditation practices. She began her journey in 1998 when a doctor told her she needed to slow down after suffering a severe asthma attack. She realized that she had spent years trying to be superwoman, and didn’t quite know how to slow down. This led her to pick up Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s book Full Catastrophe Living.
Since then, she has trained with Kabat-Zinn and other leaders in the field of mindfulness like Jack Kornfield and Ronald Siegel. Through her Mindful Monday sessions, she hopes to help people connect their emotional, spiritual, mindful, and physiological selves with compassion and respect.
The Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows offers an incredible, transformational, 5-day workshop on mindfulness called Mind & Heart: A Mindful Path to Wholehearted Living. It is led by The Meadows Medical Director, Dr. Jon Caldwell, whose clinical practice is rooted in the timeless teaching and contemplative traditions of mindfulness meditation.
During the workshop. Dr. Caldwell leads participants through several enlightening presentations and experiential exercises focused on cultivating mindfulness and compassion. Ancient and scientifically-verified practices will be applied in unique ways to help heal past wounds. People with various levels of experience with mindfulness and meditation can benefit from the workshop. All that is needed is a curious mind, a willing heart, and an intention to heal!
For more information on the Mind & Heart Workshop or on any of The Meadows personal growth workshops, please call 866-457-3202, or reach out online.
Now through December, you can enroll in our Survivors Workshop for only $2925. That’s $325 off of the current price. As an added bonus, you’ll get to experience all of the beauty, and all of the great amenities, of our new Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows.
The Survivors Workshop is an essential component of all of our inpatient programs at The Meadows, and is offered as stand-alone workshop to those interested in exploring the ways in which childhood trauma affects their day-to-day mental well-being.
If you struggle with addictions, trauma, mood disorders, troubled relationships or self-defeating behaviors, unresolved negative emotions from your childhood may be to blame. The Survivors Workshop allows you to process and release negative messages and feelings that are rooted in painful experiences from your past, allowing you the freedom to become your authentic self.
You’ll attend the Survivors Workshop at the new Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows, a facility specifically designed to facilitate reflection, relaxation, and healing. In addition to the intensive educational and therapeutic experience of the Survivors workshop, you have the option to participate in additional transformative activities, like yoga, tai chi, 12-step meetings, expressive arts, equine therapy, ropes courses, and more. You will also be able to relax and connect with others during live music performances and camp fire events. Three meals per day, prepared by The Meadows extraordinary chef, are also included in the price of the workshop.
Take advantage of this limited time offer and register today. Call 800-244-4949 to reserve your spot and get a jumpstart on the New Year!
At The Meadows, we are honored to provide behavioral health and substance abuse inpatient services, with an emphasis on trauma, PTSD, and addictive disease disorders, to active duty military members, retirees and dependents of the TRICARE West Region.
In the interview below, US Army infantryman Alex Horton depicts what readjusting to life after the war really means. The struggle to justify his actions in war against his moral compass leaves Horton with a feeling of self-doubt and self-criticism that never goes away. This struggle is known as “moral injury”.
You can read the interview here: War "Exists in an Outside Moral Universe"
The Meadows team is tremendously proud to help serve the health care needs of service members, veterans, and their families who have all been touched by moral injury. We would be happy to help determine eligibility and benefits that can be utilized and are committed to helping military beneficiaries and partnering with all aspects of the TRICARE healthcare alliance. We can help restore the sense of control and lessen the powerful hold of trauma. Contact Us Here or call an Intake Coordinator at 800-244-4949 to learn how The Meadows can help.