Mindfulness Coaching

Paul Garrigan Mindfulness Coaching
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“To see our own mind clearly, without being caught up in its movement, to watch thought without trying to do anything with or about it, simply seeing it and letting it go, this is the way to freedom from … [suffering]”
Luangpor Teean (The One Who Feels)

Do you still sometimes struggle with life despite the fact that you have quit alcohol or drugs? Do you have periods of depression or anxiety? Do you have the suspicion that some key ingredient is missing from your sobriety? If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’, you may want to consider mindfulness as a solution.

Even after I could accept how alcohol was destroying my life, I still struggled to change. The remorse for bad behavior, the fear of failing health, and the inner-turmoil created by my addiction, would be enough to convince me to quit for a few weeks or months (once I even went two years) but always this simple thought would sabotage my efforts – what is the point?

For almost two decades, I just didn’t have an adequate response to the question ‘what is the point?’ This is why I kept returning to alcohol. So long as my life felt meaningless, what did it matter if I died before my time? If I still felt uncomfortable in my own skin, what was the point in staying sober?

Mindfulness allowed me to see how everything I needed to be happy was already there in my life. It is this that has given my life meaning, and allowed me to develop a level of serenity I never knew was possible.

There are a number of ways mindfulness can strengthen your sobriety such as:

• Manage any lingering cravings
• Stress management
• Anger management
• Prevent and manage the symptoms of depression
• Manage anxiety
• Increased creativity
• An improved ability to enjoy your life
• Improved quality of life
• Improved focus and concentration
• Improved relationships

I am a mindfulness teacher (mindfulness program manager) and addiction nurse specialist at Hope Rehab. I am also a member of the International Nurses Society on Addictions. I’m able to accept a limited number of clients for sessions via Skype. If you would like to find out more about this service, you can contact me at info@paulgarrigan.com

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5 thoughts on “Mindfulness Coaching

  1. I do believe AA is very dangerous and it is a cult based group. People are unaware of it and there has been many suicides. First step is a lie . We are not powerless but powerful

  2. I’ve been going to AA for a year or so post treatment. Suicides rates seem high but it’s usually used to stress how dangerous this disease is. It’s also hard to get any statistics due to anonymity.

    I’ve been through the 12 steps. Now what? Spread the message they say. If there was another way I’d try it. I’ve tried Lifering. Any suggestions

  3. I’m a fan of Paul Garrigans work as I have experience in Buddhist meditation practices. Maybe I’m already under the AA spell but I’d miss the group if I branched out

    1. Hi Dermot, if AA is helping you then you may just want to add an extra tool into your existence arsenal. There are books about using mindfulness with the 12 Steps and perhaps that could be helpful? There are also options like Refuge Recovery if they have these groups in your area – you could maybe do these on top of your AA meetings?

  4. Hi Paul,

    I will look into Refuge Recovery and add to my AA. I think you hit the nail on the head about reawakening my mindfulness practices.

    I was reading your site, I agree, there is something missing from my life/recovery. People tell me I’m doing great but the feeling is one depression and slog.

    I’m clean and sober nearly a year.
    I noticed a while back that you were involved with Hope. I made contact with them, place sounds great. Then I heard it was 12 step and drifted off the idea. Could also be my lack of mojo and already heavily involved with AA and attend NA and CA.

    Thanks for getting back.

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