A Beginners Guide to Meditation

If I say the word meditation to you, what imagery comes to mind?

If you are like most people, meditation conjures up images of incense, chanting and people sitting in somewhat painful positions while wearing colorful and loose clothing. Indeed, there are meditative practices which are more formal, but in the world of recovery the practice of meditation is a bit more simplified. Mindful meditation is a common life and coping skill that is taught in many drug treatment centers and is a great addition to your plan of recovery. If you are new to the world of meditation, this article will provide you with the mediation tips that you need to make your practice in recovery successful.

Before we begin, we need to define meditation in a way which is easily understood.


What in the Heck is This Meditation Business?

In its’ most simple terms, mediation is the art of focusing your complete attention in one area. That focus is on the here and now and what is going on presently in your life. This is necessary in recovery since old addictive thoughts can creep back in our lives and turn our attention away from focusing on what we need to do to stay clean and sober. The most common mediation technique that is taught in drug treatment is mindful meditation in which those who practice it simply focus on their breath.

Sounds simple…right?

The reality is that for the beginner, meditation is hard. We as a society and as individuals are easily distracted and we can’t seem to sit still for very long. With that being the case, how are we going to succeed at a practice in which we have to be calm, still and focused? As with anything we want to master in life, being able to meditate effective takes practice. If you are a beginner to the world of mediation, the following mediation tips will provide a good foundation.

Meditation Tips for Dummies: First and Foremost…

The first and most important meditation tip is very simple: you need to commit and make it a formal practice. You need to ask yourself if you REALLY want to commit to the practice of mediation and you need to set a specific time of the day to practice meditation. Whether you want to do in early in the morning or before bedtime (or both) you need to establish a set time solely devoted to this practice and stick to it. If you can’t answer YES to this basic question, you will never get any benefit out of meditation.

You Are Ready to Meditate, What Do I Need To Do?

If you have made the commitment to make meditation a daily part of your everyday recovery routine, the following basic meditation tips are excellent in establishing a consistent and enjoyable practice.

Eliminate Distractions

meditation at work

When you are ready to meditate, you need absolute peace and quiet. In order to achieve that, you need to eliminate any and all distractions. Shut off your cell phone, turn off your television and your laptop, blow your nose, get the crusties off your eyes, scratch and itch beforehand…you get the idea.

Find A Comfortable Position


You don’t have to contort your legs or sit in any special type of manner in order to meditate, but it is important that you find a comfortable seated position. You could sit upright and comfortably in a chair or sit cross-legged on the floor. Be sure to rest your hands on your knees. While you need to be comfortable, it doesn’t mean be a slouch; try and sit upright and keep good posture.


man stretching under tree

Another important mediation tip is to stretch out your muscles thoroughly before starting. Stretching helps relax the muscles and tendons and it allows you to sit or lie more comfortably. Stretching also starts the process of focusing inward and brings added attention to your body.

Close Your Eyes and Breathe


When you are ready and free from distraction, simply close your eyes and start focusing on your breath. Start out with a few basic breaths and focus on your nasal breathing. By focusing on breathing through your nose, it will make it easier to find a smooth and easy pace. If you sigh or cough, go for it…just return to your breath.

Be Purposeful

Along with commitment, a crucial meditation tip is to understand that meditation is an active and engaging process. The art of focusing your attention to a single point is hard work, and you have to be purposefully engaged. Keep on practicing and being diligent and soon enough your meditation practice will become fruitful.

Are You Committed To Your Recovery?

If you have made the decision to break free from your drug addiction, you need drug treatment that will give you all the tools you need for lifelong recovery. At Dream Center for Recovery, our experienced staff utilizes a wide array of traditional and holistic treatment therapies that restore your mind, body and spirit. Don’t want another second…call Dream Center for Recovery and make a commitment to sobriety.