Wellness is the active pursuit of health, whether physically, mentally, spiritually, or socially, and is the opposite of addiction, where your quest for substances and the use of them is what controls much of your life. Substance abuse has the complete opposite effect on physical, mental, spiritual, and social health. That is what makes treatment for addiction so powerful — you are stepping off of one path and onto a completely different one, going in the opposite direction. When you genuinely pursue wellness in recovery, you allow yourself the opportunity to receive it in abundance.
The Principle of Abundance in Ho Tai
Within Buddhism is a philosophy known as Ho Tai, which is a way of understanding the world through the lens of four leading principles. One of those principles is abundance. At The Ho Tai Way – Recovery For Women, we look at these principles through the lens of recovery. Our interpretation of abundance in recovery is broadening our mental and emotional horizons. One way to expand these horizons is by seeking mental and emotional wellness.
Our focus is on education in recovery because learning about yourself and recovery is how you achieve self-awareness. In order to achieve mental and emotional wellness, you need first to seek your own self-awareness. This involves learning about addiction and recovery and looking for the answers as to why you abused substances.
For many women, at least some type of trauma has occurred in their lives. That trauma caused pain, and when that pain remains unresolved, it can be very uncomfortable. Living with that pain causes women to self-medicate, and because substances are addictive, you develop an addiction. That brings you to today when you are seeking treatment so that you can heal. When you desire that healing and seek that wellness, you create the opportunity to receive it in abundance.
Seeking an Abundance of Mental Wellness
Mental wellness can be defined as having balance and clarity of mind while managing stress, remaining aware of your abilities, and being productive and contributing to society. This may seem overwhelming for someone in addiction or beginning treatment, but upon breaking it down, achieving mental wellness is something that you do one day at a time. The first step is to realize that you are not in control of your life when you are in addiction and become willing to receive treatment.
Once you have made that choice, all of the other factors within mental wellness are small goals that you work to achieve each day. Just as Rome was not built in a day, mental wellness is only achieved through a willingness to construct your recovery path one stone at a time. Daily self-check-ins and self-care routines will help build your pathway. This willingness to learn and achieve greater balance and clarity in your life allows you to receive mental wellness abundantly.
How to Achieve Emotional Wellness in Abundance
Like mental wellness, emotional wellness is largely about finding balance. Learning to balance emotions is difficult at first because substances wreak havoc on your body, including the neurotransmitters in your brain and hormones, which can override your natural emotional reactions.
You can find emotional wellness by learning to sit and be okay with yourself. This is not easy and takes practice. Practicing mindfulness meditation and yoga will help you learn how to just be without allowing your emotions to rule your behaviors. By learning and practicing these techniques, you can achieve the balance of emotional wellness over time. This, too, is a gift you can receive in abundance.
How to Maintain Wellness in Abundance
Going back to the definition of wellness, which is not health itself, but rather the pursuit of health, it becomes clear that maintaining wellness is an active process, not an achievement. As you learn and broaden your mental and emotional horizons, your ability to maintain wellness increases.
Learning and keeping daily habits will help you achieve mental wellness, such as continuing to learn about yourself and recovery, attending support meetings, and expanding your horizons throughout your life. Every effort that you make will be returned to you in abundance.
Daily habits are essential to achieve emotional wellness, too. Yoga, mindfulness meditation, breathing exercises, and other routines that you can practice daily will help you continue in your pursuit of emotional wellness. The pursuit of wellness is not perfection, meaning that you may not have emotional balance every second of every day, but rather the continued effort to broaden your emotional horizons will bring abundance in your recovery.
The principle of abundance as it pertains to recovery is to broaden your mental and emotional horizons. When you seek mental and emotional wellness and the balance that comes with them, you also receive abundance in your healing. Maintaining wellness is something that you must pursue by practicing certain daily habits in order to keep receiving wellness in abundance. The Ho Tai Way – Recovery For Women is a residential treatment center for addiction explicitly designed for women. Founded on the Ho Tai principles, we seek to educate you in treatment with engaging classes and both individual and group therapy. Our Costa Mesa, California facility allows women to empower one another as they heal. We offer evidence-based practices to help you begin your recovery process and a dynamic curriculum of engaging classes to broaden your horizons. Contact us today at (714) 581-3974 to start your pursuit of wellness in abundance.