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I recently took a course in transcendental meditation and have been practicing for 3 months. It certainly has helped me calm my mind and body. Has anyone else tried meditation for anxiety with success?
Thank you one and all for your responses to my post on meditation for anxiety. I appreciate all your recommendations. And I’m looking for a Silver Sneaker class near me as well!:)
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A small yoga studio near me offers a restorative yoga session one night a week. The poses are all gentle focused on breathing and gentle stretching. Most of the poses were on the floor and very relaxing, all leading toward meditation.
@annedodrill44, How perfect. What I learned is that to be more beneficial we need to make yoga part of our daily practice. My instructor created stick figure poses with elaboration for time in pose and options. That was 3 years ago. I seldom miss a day. The benefits are certainly remarkable. Be safe and protected. Chris
@artscaping, @mostlybill– I appreciate your comments on restorative yoga. My wife participates in the same at our local fitness center and has encouraged me to also participate in the men's class. I've been somewhat turned off from what my my wife has shared with me in what the philosophies that seem to be promoted in these classes where as she seems to be able to tune those things out and focus on the restorative aspects of yoga. She is very different in that way than me, but perhaps there is hope as in both your posts I'm not hearing that yours promotes eastern philosophies but more the restorative aspects of yoga?
I'd be very open to hear your recommendations as I consider finding a yoga class to participate in. Thanks much! Jim@thankful
Good afternoon @thankful, Your journey has had many turns. I am glad you are ready for restorative yoga. The classes I attended for more than 10 years were about strengthening the body by using the yoga positions to stretch the muscles of the body appropriately. This was achieved by using props in support of a body position correct for the task at hand. Then the position is held for several minutes and the stretch happens gently without discomfort. All of my classes were for both men and women. Our leader, Kate, said a closing statement of goodwill and good life. Bowing with gratitude was optional. May you have some joy today. Chris
@artscaping– Thank you Chris! I would be fine with that and hope I can find something such as you describe!
Much Joy and Good Health in the New Year. Jim @thankful
Jim, I don't know how old you are, I'm well over the age limit for SS and Medicare. If you are "Old Enough" most areas have a Silver Sneakers Program. Mine is at the local YMCA.
We have a Silver Sneaker Yoga class that I attend twice a week. As with Chris's instructor mine always ends with Hands in Heart Center and a Nanaste for closing. Why I mention this type of class it is Yoga but with a different twist. We do all of our positions either standing or sitting in a regular banquet chair. We get many of the same posistions except without haveing to be on the floor. (NONE OF US COULD GET UP IF WE WERE ON THE FLOOR!)
It helps with the joints plus also brings you piece of mind.
I also do a Balance and Flexability class at the Y also! That has been a little more diffacult! Because of some old injuries I have to modify some of the excercies. Have the same instructor as with my Yoga. She always starts out and continues throughout the class to work and your own ability. Many of us modify what we do. For me the balance is one thing I am trying to recover.
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Not into yoga, but I have found something I really like. It’s a simple app on my iPhone about fish farms, and I find it very calming. Get the one for adults not the kids version (the older one where fish grow in a day or longer, not 10 minutes!) It takes just a few minutes a day, but you can watch them as long as you want. Does wonders for blood pressure and has a noticeable calming effect.
Praying is also great, especially when you can pray about your troubles and leave it there, don’t take your troubles with you!
Can someone direct me to the group having conversation about hormones and hormonal replacement therapy after hysterectomy, please. Kind regards
My current yoga classes offer no Eastern Philosophy. There are many choices for all levels–Gentle stretching, core-strength, restorative yoga. All classes encourage modifying each exercise based on ability and preference. I do plan on attending a class on meditation at a Buddhist center which I imagine will have a focus on Buddhist philosophy. While all of my current classes include a period for meditation, the time allowed for this is short. It has taken me several years to achieve the ability to sustain the relaxation response in meditation and I hope to bee able to bring more of this into my daily life to help with coping with the drugs I need to take since my liver transplant. I am approaching this with an open mind.
@veronicat I am including a link here that may answer questions that you have
Please let us know by posting into that discussion, if you get the answers you seek! Have you recently had a hysterectomy?
From my experience using meditation to address anxiety, initially meditation might actually worsen your anxiety because it makes you more acutely aware of it. However, becoming more aware of it and learning to understand why you feel anxious is the only way, as far as I can tell, to really rid yourself of your anxiety. Trying to ignore anxiety didn't work at all for me; my anxiety would just start coming out in unexpected ways.
In the long run, meditation has helped me greatly reduce my anxiety as well as my anger issues. It's well worth it just be aware it's not a panacea; you have to work for it and most importantly have patience with yourself (it's invaluable and I'm personally awful at it.)
I often have trouble turning my brain off, and will lie in bed until I either get up or get focused enough on prayer and/or thinking about what I read in my Bible when I got into bed.
Meditation means different things to different people. Some advocate emptying the mind and practice mindfulness, which I do to begin my meditation, but I don't want to leave it there because lying with an empty mind precludes refilling it at some point, whether the refill is voluntary and purposeful or involuntary and uncontrolled. I prefer to be in control of what I allow into my consciousness.
So my meditation consists of purging my thoughts of negative, harmful topics, and replace them with positive, healthy, holy ones. Sometimes more quickly successful than others. But it's pretty much the only thing that has helped.
There are many websites and books that approach the subject, from numerous perspectives. I hope we can each find something that will work for us.
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