Sunday, April 25, 2010
Transform Your Mind, Change Your Brain. Treating Addiction Through The Practice Of Meditation.
The 11th Step in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous puts it very simply, "Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry it out." The early founders of AA had hit upon a profound and yet simple solution to the problem of addiction which modern day medical science is only now beginning to understand.
In the video above made available by Google Dr. Richard J. Davidson discusses what he calls "Contemplative Neuroscience" and explains in great detail how simple practices like meditation, contemplative prayer, or the practice of solitude (whatever your religious tradition happens to call it) can be used to remold the brain and transform the mind in a positive way. He recommends the practice of meditation over the more conventional "drug therapies" in the treatment of mental problems such as alcoholism and addiction. His research bears out what Buddhist Monks and Mystics of all religious traditions have known for centuries; that meditation can not only improve one's conscious contact with God, but also improve one's quality of life in the here and now. The video is over an hour in length, but is well worth the time spent in watching.