A place to share and discuss the practice of Zen Buddhism without teachers. Debates about whether practicing without teachers is possible or desirable are not appropriate here, nor are criticisms of Zen Buddhist practice with teachers.
A place to share and discuss the practice of Zen Buddhism without teachers. Debates about whether practising without teachers is possible or desirable are not appropriate here, nor are criticisms of Zen Buddhist practice with teachers.
thank you for this.
I highlighted some parts which are most important, in my opinion.
The "completely relax"-part might take some practice
This is good advice on the correct position for zazen. I will bear this in mind when I practise. This is a useful thread.
I think it's just a matter of incorporating meditative techniques with everyday life. Likely people intuitively understands what anxiety entails and the effects the attacks brings about, so by treating the experiences like one does during Zazen sessions for instance, it can lessen the intensity through acknowelegmrnt and allowing it to pass and dissipate each time attacks occur. It's helped greatly in dealing with my own issues
as I've struggled with the problem pretty much my entire life so far. .
I have found the same technique - to immerse into the emotion. I even seek out the issues that are bothering me and go from there
First up understand the nature of the desire the relieve anything in the first place.
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Yes, I think the desire to relieve anxiety shows Wisdom, and is really the onset of, or opening toward Bodhicitta. Or, is a seed of awakening. One has an intimation that things are awry (dukkha), and feels that there is a possibility of restoring a natural "rightness", and opening a larger, uncramped, unconstrained life, of fearlessness, born of genuine intimacy.
Kudos!, to anyone who feels this! The Buddha's Noble Eight-fold Path is available. Step Eight is "Right Meditation (Samadhi)".
"Good" would be to find a meditation teacher, and a sangha, to learn the practices correctly and to practice with.
Hi chisox100, welcome. I also had a life of anxiety and can relate to your situation. There is a lot of good advice here. I'll offer my own perspective. There was a minor breakthrough for me when I was in a very anxious state, but then looked back at the thoughts I had been thinking just before noticing how anxious I was. They were all gloom and doom thoughts. It hit me that I had been really making myself sick with the thoughts and worry that had been running through my mind. There was a ray of sunshine in that realization. The same with panic attacks -- getting caught up in a whirlwind of worrisome thoughts.
Counting your breaths can be a good way get centered. If your thoughts are running away with you, I might also recommend silently reciting one of Thich Nhat Hahn's gathas. Something as simple as, "Breathing in, I know I am breathing in. Breathing out, I know I am breathing out." This will occupy your thoughts enough to not make enough room for those worries and anxious thoughts. Practice. Exercise. Avoid caffeine. Get in sunlight. Transformation will come naturally with practice.
"Some people think they are enlightened, some people think they are not enlightened." -- Denko
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