meditation techniques for anxiety?
Date Joined Apr 2007
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| Posted 2/27/2011 11:22 AM (GMT -6)
I am sorry to read of your high anxiety. We also have a great Anxiety and Panic Forum so please feel free to post in both forums if you would like to.
This is the best meditation that works for me:
Choose a quiet spot where you will not be disturbed by other people or by the telephone.
Sit quietly in a comfortable position.
Eliminate distractions and interruptions during the period you'll be meditating.
Commit yourself to a specific length of time and try to stick to it.
Pick a focus word or short phrase that's firmly rooted in your personal belief system. A non-religious person might choose a neutral word like one, peace, or love. Others might use the opening words of a favorite prayer from their religion such as 'Hail Mary full of Grace', "I surrender all to you", "Hallelujah", "Om", etc.
Close your eyes. This makes it easy to concentrate.
Relax your muscles sequentially from head to feet. This helps to break the connection between stressful thoughts and a tense body. Starting with your forehead, become aware of tension as you breathe in. Let go of any obvious tension as you breathe out. Go through the rest of your body in this way, proceeding down through your eyes, jaws, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, chest, upper back, middle back and midriff, lower back, belly, pelvis, buttocks, thighs, calves, and feet.
Breathe slowly and naturally, repeating your focus word or phrase silently as you exhale.
Assume a passive attitude. Don't worry about how well you're doing. When other thoughts come to mind, simply say, "Oh, well," and gently return to the repetition.
Continue for 10 to 20 minutes. You may open your eyes to check the time, but do not use an alarm. After you finish: Sit quietly for a minute or so, at first with your eyes closed and later with your eyes open. Do not stand for one or two minutes.
Plan for a session once or twice a day.
Good luck and remember to be kind to yourself.
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Date Joined Mar 2010
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| Posted 2/27/2011 12:01 PM (GMT -6)
I think all of us have a special way of handling problems with anxiety. I have three: one is to recite the 23rd psalm to myself:
"The Lord is my Shepherd..." thinking all the while about the meaning of being secure because of a Shepherd's protection, leadership, and guidance.
The second source of release for me is reading several of the Shakespearian sonnets that are brilliant, such as "Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments..."; "Not marble nor the guilded monuments of princes shall outlive this powerful rhyme..." and several others. All subjects that instruct my mind to follow tend to reduce anxiety: Plato, music, the memory of love, my grandchildren,
etc. Each of us has his/her own special memories to ponder to relieve anxiety.
A third method for me when anxiety elevates mildly is to look for funny things to read or watch, such as comedy. Laughter provides for the release of anxiety (or unconscious aggressions) so the more we can laugh, the more relaxed and calm we become inside. I've read that laughter is internal jogging . It also makes us aware that fear is
finally just a shadow and is to be swept from our minds.
Think of the ones you have that interest you and work on remembering them when anxiety builds. Keep it from elevating.
I hope this helps.
Date Joined Mar 2011
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| Posted 3/5/2011 5:47 PM (GMT -6)
For me definately listening to music helps, be careful with the song choice though sometimes you could make it worse. I listen to happy music even if it means Disney songs yes I said Disney. I also clean it keeps me very busy and I'm so concentrated it helps alot :) weird I know but this is wat helps me. Singing, music, exercise, and cleaning. But if it's in the middle of the night comedy always helps youtube, downloading comedy on an iPod anything to make you laugh.
Good luck good vibes coming your way
Post Edited (losij24) : 3/5/2011 3:52:03 PM (GMT-7)
Date Joined Mar 2009
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| Posted 3/5/2011 8:15 PM (GMT -6)
a big tick to music!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! definately helps me.
jamie time for some!!!!
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