Why is mindfulness an important step in recovery?

Mindfulness is an important part of the recovery process for those struggling with sexual or pornography addictions, as well as for their partners. It is a technique that helps those using it to observe what is happening without judging or forming an opinion. Many people use mindfulness daily — you may be using this subtle process even now. However, because mindfulness is an open concept, it is often difficult to grasp or understand.

What is mindfulness?

Where conscious thought is deep and heavy, mindfulness is light and flowing. Instead of actively taking in what is happening and consciously processing information, mindfulness is mirror-thought. It reflects only what is happening as it happens. When one is mindful, there are no biases, judgment or criticism. 

How does it help?

When someone — including a sexual or pornography addict or their partner — is mindful, they are able to take in what is happening without condemning or judging. Much like a scientist observing an item under a microscope, the person only sees the object exactly as is. This helps to remove person ideas, preconceived notions or opinions.

How do we become mindful?

As with many things, the more someone practices mindfulness, the easier it comes. However, it is a technique and state of observation that must be learned. Each person learns mindfulness in different ways. One way that helps people is to work with a professional counselor to learn the technique. This is a safe way to work through sexual addiction, either with a partner or alone that can help start the path to recovery.

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