Managing Anxiety

We live in a world where the dials are gradually being turned up. This brings us great opportunities for growth but also the stress of almost constant change. Globalization has made our world smaller but has exposed us to the breadth of human suffering.

As a result, hypertension, PTSD, and anxiety disorders have become normal. The most common illnesses are either directly caused by stress or deeply influenced by it.

If we want to enjoy life and grow in healthy ways, we need to learn how to be in the world the way it is now. Aversion and escapism are not solutions. Nor is obsession or acting out.

There is an art to being in the world without being overshadowed by it.

The best way I’ve seen for relaxing the body, mind, and emotions is an effortless meditation. A deep effortless meditation like TM will take you beyond the mind into a deep peace (transcendence or samadhi). The body follows along into a state that can be much deeper than deep sleep.

This allows deep healing and the release of old incomplete experiences we carry around. That energetic baggage has clouded our quality of life.

With regular dipping into peace, it gradually becomes infused into day-to-day life. Step by step life becomes better. Our problems don’t go away but we create fewer new ones. Greater mental clarity allows us to solve issues more easily.

More remarkably though, touching peace and clearing our load gradually opens us to our deeper nature. A nature that is peace, is happiness, is love, is fulfillment.

We gradually shift from being a me taking everything personally to an observer of life, able to navigate without falling into dramas. To act without reactivity, to be without being tossed by the waves of change.

Why would we choose to suffer?
Davidya

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8 Responses to Managing Anxiety

  1. Davidya says:

    This article a friend sent adds another approach re: the media barrage.
    http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-ways-to-stay-sane-in-era-non-stop-outrage/

  2. michael says:

    Hi David!

    Ahh, well if they have real PTSD not like the sjw style 😉 usually meditation and relaxation is not a good idea (it can, in some cases but often not). Because they need the tension to keep things down and if things come up they are overwhelmed (much more like non-ptsd people). them being overwhelmed results in a psychiatric beakdown (in our clinic we have PTSDs).
    As a healing tool later on when some of the loads have been released it is good though.

    Best overall apprach to really heal ptsd is a Scott Kiloby type approach (supplemented withs Peter levines “somatic experiencing”, meditation etc. )

    The article has a very good general main point but is soo poorly informed that it can not be called journalism in any way. 🙂
    but the main point is important in this age.

    • Davidya says:

      Hi Michael

      Well – I’d agree that a generic meditation may not be advisable but TM is quite effective for anxiety and PTSD. There’s published research on TM and Iraq veterans with PTSD, Congelese refugees, and so forth.

      Of course, each case may have it’s own wrinkles but TM is very effective at processing deep trauma in my experience.

  3. Sandesh says:

    Hi David,
    I have been practicising TM with redoubled efforts, thanks to you. Why do you call it effortless? It takes all the effort and discpline. What am I missing when you say effortless? And TM takes me deeper when I make the effort.

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge. You are an inspiration.

    • Davidya says:

      Hi Sandesh

      The TM technique is an effortless practice. It’s one of the things that makes it distinct from most others. They use the analogy of a diver – you take the right angle and let go. The technique is much the same. You take the right approach and the natural tendency of the mind leads you within.

      While it can require a small effort to establish the routine of meditating regularly, the benefits generally make this easy quickly.

      How deep we are is very subjective. We can feel deep but not be or feel shallow and get up suddenly, only to discover how deep we were.

      If you have access to a TM center, it would be good to get the meditation “checked”. This is a simple, free process they use to give you the experience of correct practice.

      If we let the mind get involved in judging depth or applying effort, then we’re just in the mind, manipulating experiences. This doesn’t tend to lead to samadhi so regularly.

      This also leads to fewer benefits, which can lead to dropping the practice. That and getting too busy to practice are the 2 reasons most people stop.

      Samadhi can often be quite vague but it brings benefits nonetheless. Scientific research has confirmed this.

  4. Davidya says:

    For clarity, readers of the article may be interested in an article on research on types of meditation.

    http://davidya.ca/2010/12/27/choosing-a-meditation/

  5. Blanche says:

    Hi David,

    As a clinical psychologist, I find effortless mantra meditation as the best way to promote a healthy psyche. Psychotherapy helps to work through issues on short-term, in the hope that in the long term the person learns adaptive coping skills and undergoes a positive transformation. Meditation is the best way to dissolve and heal personal trauma to access unconscious patterns in order to bring them to awareness, and then to see through the deep unconscious patterns before they have a chance to become active. If the process of cleaning up and healing is too intense, a technique such as Richard Miller’s iRest is effective in dealing with trauma. Once we learn that we are fundamentally ok, that our true nature is “peace,…happiness,…love,… fulfilment”, we can deal with the wrinkles in life.

    As the inner entanglements start to unravel, the outer problems start to smooth out. When we take care of our problems, we do it not just for us, but for everyone else. As we dissolve the knots of energy, we become effectively “washing machines” for the world problems, as one of my friends says.

    Thanks you for sharing your insight!
    Blanche

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