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   Posted 12/26/2009 8:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone-  Again, wishing everyone here a happy, blessed & healthy holiday & new year.:-)
Yesterday I gave myself a Christmas present!  After hearing suggestions from a few friends & from a couple of my HW friends (you know who you are...wink )-  I decided to start meditating again.
All of these hypochondrial worries & anxieties were not very good for me....& for those around me (my poor wife, bless her soul, is so used to it & puts up with it--btw--she was one of the many who suggested I re-start my meditation)
I had learned the TM meditation technique      www.tm.org     way back in the late 1970s...while teaching high school, & was totally .."stressed out"---& I took this techniwue up...!  (I should add, there are many types of meditation techniques besides this..."Minfdfullness meditation"..."Buddhist meditation"-    Or....you can just close your eyes peacefully & sit with your back straight (in a chair or in bed).....& GENTLY.......repeat any word you choose...over & over slowly for 20 minutes!  It could be a word like..."love"..."peace"..."relax"..."let go"....."God bless me"---   This is your .."mantra"-!   We are basically..."spiritualizing"...our thoughts!     We are going...deep within ourselves....where there is peace & harmony!----OK...back to our simple meditation technique------If & when any
  thoughts intrude..(and they will)--like ..."What should I make for dinner tonite?"  Or..."I gotta call my mother later."  Or.,...more insidious thoughts...like..."I hope I do not have this disease...or whatever"...or..."I feel so sad for that woman up the street".eyes -SIMPLY..."let it go"....AND......quietly go back to your mantra word!
Do this...20 mins..(if you can't...at least 15 mins)---MORNING.....upon awakening...& before dinner..(say 4 PM..or 5 PM)----
You will see....after a week or two----your stress slowly..."melting away"...Like the snow..in Springtime!
You will go deep within yourself..& you will see...that...YOU....are..NOT your..."thoughts"-!
These nasty little ..."demons".skull .that intrude,....into our lives...are "mental toxins"...that we must remove!   Just as we would not eat....spoiled or rotten food...but...throw them out----So....we should do the same to..."toxic thoughts"...Whether it be worry about our health...or about our friend......or just everyday...anxiety!  Let it go-!    You will be surprised at how much better you feel-!yeah
I began yesterday morning...& did it again....before dinner...& again this morning----!  Already..I'm feeling better!     We here in this "Anxiety-Panic disorders"....forum....all suffer from the same thing....it's called..."Stinkin Thinkin' "devil ---& it causes us...worry,,grief...anxiety..panic..etc!
BUT---the GOOD news is....we have CONTROL over our thoughts!idea     We can "Let in".....the good thoughts ...and ...toss out...the bad ones!   So...In the end...we control our thoughts..& therefore control....how we feel!   It's YOUR choice!   I made this choice because I was getting tired & disgusted (this was happening gradually..not over night)--- of me worrying.....& getting anxious & panicked............that I had every disease in the book---even tho I was assured by the best specialists that I was OK!    Then I thought...."WHY am I torturing myself?"eyes
So.,.....I decided to take action...& do something ..."positive"...for my Christmas gift!
It works for me..it has worked for millions of others...and it WILL work for you--if you give it an ..."honest try"-!:-)      DO IT---!   Do it for your happiness & peace of mind..& those around you--!  But...you must keep at it-----just 20 minutes each day...twice daily--!   Surely....your peace of mind is worh that easy price!
Feel free to PM me...with any questions!
Again...try it--let us here at HW know how you are doing----& thank you...those that suggested I get back to meditation or yoga---I am sincerely thankful & grateful to you---!
You all--have been here for me......I hope I can give something back-!  I hope I hear a ..."success story"...or two-----blessings--Robert

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   Posted 12/26/2009 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
So good to hear you are making positive changes in your life and you know I support you.

I read your post in another thread and you mentioned the CBT too............the online version is great and here is the link for you:

the MoodGYM http://moodgym.anu.edu.au/welcome

Whenever I tell members how to get started with meditation I usually post this so here it is for those who have no experience.


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.

Hope your holidays are peaceful.


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Date Joined Nov 2009
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   Posted 12/26/2009 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I am going to do this today.

Thanks for reminding me I need to try this.


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   Posted 12/27/2009 9:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I do this at night when I go to bed.  It helps me relax and get to sleep.  I lay on my back, practice breathing slowly in and out, making sure I'm using my diaphram.  Then I'll start with my toes and concentrate on them until they tingle, then move up my legs and may arms.  It takes a great deal of concentration and focus.  In most circumstances it gets me to sleep sooner.  It took a very long time until I could actually do it right but I think it helps.
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Date Joined Dec 2009
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   Posted 12/31/2009 9:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Just started this today.....I think it really may help.
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