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Practicing mindfulness at Hope Haven helps our clients be aware of how their thinking affects their behavior and daily lives.

Clients at our Chris Farley House and North Bay Lodge locations are taught mindfulness and mindful eating to help slow down their “automatic pilot” (mindless activities). For beginners, mindful eating is a more tangible process and easier to comprehend than traditional mindfulness meditation practices.

Mindful eating is accessible to a wide variety of individuals and the mind-body awareness focuses the client’s attention on what they put into their bodies, the reasons why they eat (other than hunger), when they last ate, and helps them learn how to listen to their bodies’ natural signals such as hunger or satiation.

Mindfulness in general and mindful eating specifically, are useful tools for people in recovery. The addicted brain primarily operates out of a mental space that is mind-less and driven by automatic thoughts and behaviors. Mindfulness exercises have proven highly effective at retraining the brain to work from a focused awareness or mindful space – which is a precursor to living a sober life.