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Anxiety. ..

Postby Beautiful Breath » Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:51 pm

Hi all,

I have been practicing for some time now but I have to say in terms of any reduction in my personal anxieties they seem to be more accentuated rather than reduced. I can look back over the last year or so and despite all the signs being positive in terms of my sitting practice (so I'm reliably informed by an ordained friend) out of meditation I'm developing more insecurities as the weeks go by. I'm starting to conclude that I may have to change my practice altogether.

My main practice is Anapanasati.

Anyone else felt like they're experiencing anything similar. It feels a little like I'm going backwards rather than forwards.

_/\_ BB...

I guess I should have said that my attachments are getting worse....that's a bit more nearer the experience...

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Postby marc108 » Thu Dec 20, 2012 4:31 pm

may i ask insecurities regarding what?

in my own personal experience, the first year or so i started sitting seriously i thought it may have been making my mind worse re: anxiety, depression, etc... but after much personal reflection and discussion with my teacher i realized that i was simply more aware of what was going on in my mind, and that none of those issues were actually getting worse. the course things became ultra noticeable and the subtle things come to the surface.
"It's easy for us to connect with what's wrong with us... and not so easy to feel into, or to allow us, to connect with what's right and what's good in us."

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Postby Beautiful Breath » Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:01 pm

I suppose my anxieties are around relationships manifesting in a general sense of neediness... its awful as I am about as far from insecure as you can imagine as a rule :-D

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Postby SarathW » Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:39 pm

Hi Beautiful
Any mental phenomena’s are arise due to attachment. They all coming from self protection and self preservation. It is part of our genetic makeup going back to the origin of us.
Just be aware of them (mindful).
See them in terms of impermanence etc.

I am anxious even to write this post! :console:
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Postby Beautiful Breath » Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:17 am

Thanks...sometimes it feels like a tatoo, there and will always be there...horrible and seemingly apart from my practice. I must be doing something wrong?

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Postby plwk » Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:32 am

Someone once told me that between the neurotic mind and a pancake, the latter can be flipped over faster... khanti khanti khanti

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Postby Beautiful Breath » Mon Dec 24, 2012 11:02 am

Thanks everyone...as it happens I am a Psychological therapist and work in a CBT framework with a caseload of Patients with various preesntations including Anxiety.

I was more interested in the possibility of mine being as a direct result of my practices?

BB...

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Postby santa100 » Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:56 pm

Make sure you set some time for yourself everyday for outdoor exercises (jogging, biking, hiking, etc.). These are wonderful natural cures for anxiety and stress..

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Postby Kamran » Tue Dec 25, 2012 5:25 pm

In my case, meditation makes me notice things about myself more clearly than before including anxiety issues.

Noticing my anxiety and how difficult a task it will be to get rid of it causes some additional anxiety.

Its anxiety about anxiety.

I think CBT with meditation would be helpful.
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Postby Alobha » Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:58 am

You might want to develop meditation objects other than mindfulness of the breath. The four Brahmaviharas and impermanence come to mind. Try to develop loving-kindness the whole time you're awake, not just during a formal sitting for some time.

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Postby waterchan » Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:59 pm

quidquid Latine dictum sit altum videtur
(Anything in Latin sounds profound.)

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Postby Strive4Karuna » Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:44 am

I dont know if this will work for you or whether it is in accordance with the Buddhas teachings, but what a good friend told me (he is Mahayana monk who has been ordained for 12 years) Is just to be "friends" with my anxiety, "play" with my anxiety. Show it love, compassion and be friendly with it. When you see that there is nothing wrong with being the way you are, being insecure, being anxious, those feelings just kind of fade away. You call it a "tattoo" in your pratice, why cant it be a beautiful tattoo?


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