You don't have to be an anxiety sufferer for meditation to be beneficial, but some say we are living in the "age of anxiety."
I specialize in teaching meditation for anxiety.
As an anxiety sufferer, I have found that meditation offered the most relief and long lasting benefits. I practice reducing my anxiety daily through meditation.
I am deeply familiar with racing mind, dread, anxious or negative repetitive thought, sleep disturbance, panic attacks and all the other joy stealing qualities of anxiety. I know that meditation can help.
I teach others what has helped me.
Knowing WHY anxiety is present is important and helpful to discover but it's not the end of the journey.
We need help in practicing intentional letting go at the root of our stress. Meditation is intended to help us release our stress at its root.
Go here: intentional letting go to read a little bit about letting go in meditation. There's so much more I can teach you in person.
It may seem counter-intuitive to bring our anxiety or pain to mind, normally we want to push it away.
We bring it to mind during meditation with a specific purpose, not to ruminate further upon it but to offer it some letting go, a new perspective, working with ways to release. Like this meditation for anxiety.
We learn to acknowledge, feel, and let go using our breath and simple tools.
It's simple and with practice, it can become a skill.
It's not to say that I never experience anxiety or I have "conquered" it, but that I have learned how to manage it with the self care meditation provides.
Because I practice meditation I have some tools to use when the chips are down and anxiety arises.
Meditation enhance our ability to let go and to spend less time being exhausted by stress, anxiety and negativity. Just a sample of tools to learn:
the long, slow, deep breath
the awareness (mindfulness) that leads to release
getting to know the brain science behind anxiety and how to work with it
practicing comfort with uncertainty
how to treat our thoughts during meditation and how that helps us release stress
3 breaths- we can do anything for 3 breaths!
body relaxation, visualization and simple contemplation and mantra
using the mind/body connection to help manage stress and more...
Don't they sound great?
I hope they will be the missing pieces to you as they are to me...
The great news is that you don't have to spend hours in meditation or expect your pain and anxiety to be completely banished but you can learn to work with it when it arises and tame it's sting so that you spend less precious emotional energy on being tossed about on the waves of anxiety.
You don't have to think your way into stress relief. It's a scientific fact that meditation activates the parasympathetic nervous system, the branch responsible for rest and calm. This is the best explanation for that relaxation response.
While meditation isn't a substitute for therapy or medication it can fit in beautifully for what you're already doing to take care of your stress.