Cravings come in many different forms and intensity. Whether yours are more serious or creating problems in your life, guided meditation for cravings can help you be more aware of what’s going on in your mind when a craving starts.
What is meditation for cravings?
Using mindfulness meditation, and the help of some guided instruction, we can learn to observe our minds in a state when there is no craving and when there is, and learning to better manage these cravings through repeated meditation practices.
Guided meditations for cravings
How meditation helps with cravings
People have cravings to many different things. It can be as small as a craving to procrastinate or check your phone, to food cravings and cigarettes. What all these cravings have in common though, despite how extreme and self-harming they can be, is that they all start as a thought from the subconscious.
Sometimes it’s something that triggers or reminds us. It could be the environment we’re in, the people we’re around, or something we hear or see.
Other times it appears as if the craving surfaced out of nowhere and it begins to control our thinking.
Some cravings come and go, others can linger with us for an entire day or longer until they’re either fulfilled or dealt with.
Meditation helps us deal with cravings as they arise much better than we might otherwise without knowing how to be self-aware and mindful of our cravings.
Meditation helps with cravings by doing just that, it teaches us to be more mindful of these thoughts as they arise, observe them as simply thoughts, and let them go.
Whenever a craving enters your mind, how often have you acted impulsively on it? How often have you witnessed yourself acting on a craving and feeling like it’s an out of body experience? How often have you fulfilled a craving, only to wonder what you were even thinking in the first place?
Meditation can help us distance ourselves from our cravings and watch them as they happen.
However, it’s not about suppressing a craving or trying to ignore cravings. Depending on the level of addiction and the vice, this can be near impossible and on top of that, unproductive.
Instead, we try to sit with the feeling of a craving and try to see what’s on the other side of it. What happens when you just watch the feeling and don’t act on it immediately?
What’s more, meditation can teach us to be better aware of the craving as it happens, and note it for what it is, just a thought that has entered the mind. When we do this consistently, we can become better at identifying these cravings as they arise, and not act on them impulsively.