Meditation Exercise to Reduce Anxiety and Depression

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This is guest post by Ms. Jessica Tanner about using mindfulness meditation to reduce anxiety and depression.

How can Meditation Help?

If you have anxiety or depression, meditation can help you relax and regain control over your thoughts and situation. The thing about meditation is (if you do a Mindfulness exercise) that it allows you to be in the present moment and focus only on now. This allows you to take control over your thoughts, which often times control you, and keep you in this negative and depressed state, where you feel trapped and like there is no way up. Of course your first action when experiencing symptoms of depression, should be to contact people who can help you such as your doctor. They are there to help you get through this. Meditation can be used as a complementary treatment alongside any other treatment.

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Mindfulness meditation is very effective for anxiety and depression.

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Mindfulness Meditation: What It Is, What It Does, and How You Can Do It!

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Here is an informative article on mindfulness meditation I stumbled upon today :-

Whether you’re a veteran meditator looking to enhance your repertoire of wellness techniques, or a beginner looking for a meditative practice that’s a right fit, mindfulness meditation is a great place to start.

Here’s a look at what it is, where it came from and how it evolved, what its benefits are, as well as a look at some helpful tips to get you started.

What is Mindfulness Meditation?

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A woman doing mindfulness meditation

In an interview with Maia Szalavitz, health writer and neuroscience journalist for Time.com, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn says, “My working definition of mindfulness is the awareness that arises through paying attention on purpose in the present moment – non-judgmentally. And the non-judgmental part is the kicker, because we’ve got ideas and opinions about virtually everything.” Continue reading »

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No matter what, never lose your hope

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Long long ago, I stumbled upon in a book, one motivational line on hope . It was like this probably :

A man can survive almost any condition as long as he has some hope.

We often become disappointed with failures. However, we must understood that failure and success are the two sides of a same coin.  As the saying goes, : failure is never final success is never ending

If you are failing to meditate because of whatever reason, you must not lose your heart. Often trying to hard is the main cause of the problem. When it comes to meditation, we need to be as natural and effortless as we can. The more we fight with our mind, the more it will become strong. The human mind is a very very clever opponent.  You need a subtle force to tame it.

Coming back to the hope word, here is this beautiful poster about hope.  I hope you will enjoy it:

Hope

Hope gives us life.

Whether it is the subtle goal of meditation or a tangible goal of any worldly pursuit,  keeping hope till we succeed is the way to go.

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Meditation : A simple phenomenon

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Meditation is indeed a very simple phenomenon. The only thing you need is a clear understanding of it. Let me share with you a thought provoking video on meditation from a talk by Osho. In this video Osho has simplified the entire concept of meditation in his beautiful voice and powerful style.

Meditation is a very simple phenomenon :

(Video Courtesy : Osho International Foundation)

Here is a full transcript of the video for all those who have a slow internet connection :) :-

When you are not doing anything at all – bodily, mentally, on no level – when all activity has ceased and you simply are, just being, that’s what meditation is. You cannot do it, you cannot practice it; you have only to understand it.

Whenever you can find time for just being, drop all doing. Thinking is also doing, concentration is also doing, contemplation is also doing. Even if for a single moment you are not doing anything and you are just at your center, utterly relaxed — that is meditation. And once you have got the knack of it, you can remain in that state as long as you want; finally you can remain in that state for twenty-four hours a day.

Once you have become aware of the way your being can remain undisturbed, then slowly you can start doing things, keeping alert that your being is not stirred. That is the second part of meditation. First, learning how just to be, and then learning little actions: cleaning the floor, taking a shower, but keeping yourself centered. Then you can do complicated things.

For example, I am speaking to you, but my meditation is not disturbed. I can go on speaking, but at my very center there is not even a ripple; it is just silent, utterly silent.

So meditation is not against action.

It is not that you have to escape from life.

It simply teaches you a new way of life:

You become the center of the cyclone.

Your life goes on, it goes on really more intensely — with more joy, with more clarity, more vision, more inspiration, more creativity — yet you are aloof, just a watcher on the hills, simply seeing all that is happening around you.

You are not the doer, you are the watcher.

That’s the whole secret of meditation, that you become the watcher. Doing continues on its own level, there is no problem: chopping wood, drawing water from the well. You can do all small and big things; only one thing is not allowed and that is, your centering should not be lost.

That awareness, that watchfulness, should remain absolutely unclouded, undisturbed.

Meditation is a very simple phenomenon.

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Can anxiety be cured with meditation ?

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Often people ask this question about the possible benefits of meditation. Since anxiety is one of the most troublesome problem being faced by people of this modern era, everybody is curious to know as to whether the anxiety can be cured by meditation.

First of all, let us understand anxiety in brief:

A very anxious and stressed man

A very anxious and stressed man

Anxiety is a general term used for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious impact on daily life.

People often experience a general state of worry or fear before confronting something challenging such as a test, examination, recital, or interview. These feelings are easily justified and considered normal. Anxiety is considered a problem when symptoms interfere with a person’s ability to sleep or behave normally. Generally speaking, anxiety occurs when a reaction is out of proportion with what might be normally expected in a situation. Continue reading »

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Make peace with your past

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Make peace with your past

Make peace with your past

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