Accessing spiritual connection is indeed an integral part of Newport Academy’s holistic treatment philosophy. Meditation and mindfulness practices can create a foundation of calm. They also aid in self-reflection. Hence, these modalities sustain our teens’ commitment to healing and recovery. Beginning a therapy session with meditation can also help adolescents participate with greater intent, comfort, and ease.
Consequently, there are many different forms of therapeutic meditation that Newport Academy utilizes. Some therapists encourage patients to think of places in which they feel safe and relaxed, and hold onto those images until they can be retrieved and replayed when fear or irritation arises. Other therapists encourage patients to focus on a single word while practicing deep breathing exercises. Another method used is to practice tightening and then loosening the muscles, starting at the head and moving down to the toes, to establish connection between the mind and the body.
The Benefits of Meditation
Meditation slows the racing mind and allows negative thoughts to dissolve. It has also shown to
- Improve immune response and reduce blood pressure and cortisol (“the stress hormone”)
- Decrease rumination and boost attention
- Reduce emotional reactivity
- Strengthen emotional resilience.
A study at Johns Hopkins University found that the effect of meditation on symptoms of anxiety and depression was the same as the effect of antidepressants. Meditation has also been proven to reduce “wandering mind,” which is associated with unhappiness; increase empathy; decrease ADHD symptoms; and improve concentration and attention.