Meditation Monday

You know, I think people who recommend meditation for anxiety are mostly full of it.

I mean, I’m sure there’s a way to get something out of it, but when I’m having serious anxiety, trying to sit with my thoughts is nigh on impossible. My thoughts are the problem.

Nonetheless, I’ve tried. I did some walking meditation around my work schedule today and heard a frog, which was a nice moment of nature near my office.

I’m hoping that now that the anxiety’s backing off, I can get back to focusing.

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  1. I found meditation to be annoying, but it is peaceful when you finally are able to stop thoughts going round and round. I try to do it when I’m in the shower, because there is more going on – the senses of water and things – makes it easier to focus on something else.
    I hope the anxiety is backing off too.

  2. I have found that the breathing exercises and light trance that come as the result of meditation do assist me with anxiety. However, depending on the severity of your anxiety it may be more or less difficult to get results.

  3. Here via Pagan Blog Project. Hi! I have generalized anxiety myself so I feel for you. Meditation is helpful once you have the knack for getting to the Stillness but until you can reliably do that, meditation feels like turning the volume up on your anxiety. I do have a cheat code for it which might be helpful for you. Artful anxiety is right about the shower. It’s a form of white noise that distracts and covers the physical symptoms of anxiety so that the mind can concentrate on stillness. I wouldn’t recommend it as regular practice because it’s a waste of water but in an emergency nothing beats a shower for white noise.

    There are other options depending on whichever your dominant sense is. If it’s visual, meditate in front of a flickering candle flame or a vid of graphic mandalas constantly morphing. Anything slowly rhythmic that captures and entrains your attention. Focus on that until it catches and then let your mind slowly fill with silence. If anxiety shows up, refocus on the stimulus.

    For hearing, you can’t beat Taiko drumming. For taste, small bites of chocolate slowly melting on your tongue. Smell tends to have strong emotional connections but if you can find a strong, enjoyable, neutral scent that would work.

    If the physical symptoms of anxiety are overwhelming then I’d recommend a vibrator (for it’s official usage *g*). Put it on the bed or against a cushioned chair and lean your back against it. The vibrations are a strong white noise equivalent to the shower and drown out anxiety sensations. I wouldn’t recommend the other, unofficial usage (although it will work for a short period) because impatience for orgasm and meditation aren’t compatible.

    If it’s your thoughts that are the problem, then focus your verbal mind on mantras. Pick several so that you can switch at first when your brain gets bored, but eventually focus on just one. It should be chantable and rhythmic. The value of a Hindu (or any foreign language) mantra is that your brain can’t pick at and argue with the meaning. That way lies increased anxiety.

    *cough* Okay, I wrote an epic here. Sorry. Give the white noise method a try. Hopefully, you won’t need it once you catch the knack for meditation, but it’s a useful technique that’s very adaptable. Anyway, I wish you good luck.

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