Meditation Techniques for Anxiety and Panic

Effective meditation techniques are among the most useful of all tools for reducing anxiety and panic.  Yoga Nidra (a deep relaxation process) is probably the other most invaluable practice, especially if your mind is racing and you are feeling just too restless or anxious to sit in meditation.

But, there are a lot of misconceptions about meditation.

It is commonly thought that you have to force yourself not to think and that if you do have thoughts in meditation that it is not ‘working’. There is also often an expectation of having some kind of ‘experience’ and when it isn’t achieved many feel like they have failed.  

The result can be that some people end up feeling that it’s all too hard, that they can’t meditate and they give up trying. 

However, as you will see, if properly taught anyone can meditate and enjoy its benefits, though some meditation techniques may be more appropriate at different times than others. The Seven Secrets of Meditation will show you how and why meditation can be effortless and natural.

Why is meditation so good for anxiety?

Well, effective meditation helps you to develop three important skills that you need if you want to be really free of anxiety and panic:

1.    Most importantly, it helps you learn to observe what is happening in your mind and body rather than becoming overwhelmed by thoughts and feelings or becoming identified with them. 

When you become overwhelmed or identified with your thoughts and feelings you start to believe that you are your pain or irritability or anger and so on; that these are part of your identity as opposed to experiences that you are having. Experiences that you can choose not to give your attention to unless you wish. 

2.    Meditation also helps us to develop an awareness of that moment when unhelpful thoughts arise and it cultivates the ability to let them go – a skill you will use often on your road to recovery.

3.    Finally, even if you don’t feel your meditation has been particularly settled, because you are, at the very least, taking some time out from the hustle of normal life, the body has the opportunity to begin to normalise, to unwind stress and for its own healing mechanisms to operate more effectively.  This happens to some extent every night when we sleep.  Meditation, though, gives us the opportunity for much deeper rest than occurs during sleep.

Try out some different meditation exercises for yourself - it's an interesting journey and one that countless people have found to be an invaluable part of their lives. 

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