As a passionate clinician, I am constantly researching therapeutic practices and interventions to help my clients to reach and sustain wellness. However, sometimes talk-therapy and traditional modalities fail. It is in these moments that I find myself wondering, “where do my client and I go from here?” “How can I help my client heal, when his/her trauma is just too difficult to talk about?” Reflecting on my own experience with horses and the workshop at High Hopes, I realize that horses are the missing piece.
Yoga is a full body approach to healing and recovery. When practicing yoga, an individual is instructed to engage in “pranayama” or deep breathing, acknowledge and sit with uncomfortable thoughts or feelings, challenge his/her bodies physical limits, stay grounded in the present moment and let go of any negative energy. During an hour of yoga, a person completely surrenders to the practice. They move toward a meditative and mindful state, which connects the entire body as one.
“What have you always dreamed of doing but never got the chance to?” “Recovery opens the door to a whole world of possibilities, passions, and dreams. Let’s all imagine our ideal lives.” This language screams positivity, motivation and happiness! It cries love and laughter and relationships! It shouts why recovery ADDS to our lives and not deprives us!
What language empowers others to make their dreams a reality? Use that language.
Everyone has a purpose. That is, everyone has something they are truly passionate about. Whether it be a work-related passion, a person or relationship, or even a hobby, most people have something they are passionate about. When looking at recovery, discovering or rediscovering passion is often an overlooked part of the process. If recovery is going to last and people can maintain a life in recovery, then they need to develop a passion for living a life in recovery.
Meditation is a practice that goes back thousands of years. Often used to enhance spiritual connection and enlightenment, the practice essentially involves quieting the mind and concentrating on a specific thought or idea. Meditation is usually done in a quiet place. While many who practice it do it alone, it can also be done in a group setting.
As a child growing up, regardless of where you went to school, you were undoubtedly asked the question: “what do you want to be when you grow up?” For many, the answers were the usual policeman, fireman, teacher, doctor, etc. If you were like me, you wanted to be a ninja. I am pretty confident that nobody when questioned, answered with something like “when I grow up I want to be a heroin addict.” And yet it happened.