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I took a course in transcendental meditation and have bee practicing for 3 months. It has certainly helped me to calm my mind and body. Has anyone else tried meditation with success?
It actually made me more anxious. Had to stop. I’ll resume in awhile and see if it was just a fluke.
@artscaping @cdcc @johnhans may have some comments about using meditation for anxiety.
How much time per day do you spend on meditation, @annedodrill44 ?
Hi. I have been meditating for many years and now I’m able to stand in grocery store line up and meditate. I love it!
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I meditate mostly at bedtime and I listen to harp music. It’s so very beautiful! But if I really need to I take a ten minute to fifteen minute meditation. It’s different for everyone.
My sister does meditation and yoga. I am not sure I could settle down long enough to do this. For those that do this, it is probably calming and healthy. The harp music sounds nice and I love the harp. I think everyone is different and find something to relax. I should do something, but I actually never thought about it. Now, I am thinking about it. Music is good therapy.
Hi Lisa! We were to encouraged to meditate for 20 minutes first thing in the morning and 20 min. before dinner. Certainly it is not easy to put intrusive thoughts from your mind, but the teachers say that is not the immediate goal. Rather, you allow thoughts to come, then gently return to your mantra. This approach is to help cleanse the years of anxieties bit by bit. Patience is necessary. But when you sit, breathe calmly, and quiet your mind, the brain is eventually retrained and conditioned to behave that way.
At Mayo in Rochester there are beautiful meditation rooms. Their physicians encourage their use. If Mayo thinks there’s benefit to meditation, that’s good enough for me.:)
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I have been meditating daily for almost three years now. For me, bedtime is the best time. At first, I did five minutes, then ten minutes and am up to an hour now. I wear a watch that has an hourglass setting on it and every half hour, I set it to relax and do deep breathing for two minutes. Between daily meditation and mindfully breathing throughout the day, I've found a new calm for myself. I would encourage anyone to try it. Our grandchildren are learning this too in their PE classes at school! Mayo Clinic is awesome, they completely changed the course of my life for the better with their diagnosis.
@annedodrill44, It is difficult to imagine my life today without daily mindful meditation practice. It always amazes me that we want medication to work for hours. What about meditation? How long are the good effects supposed to last? A day? A week? A few hours?
Remembering that meditation gives our entire brain a rest, we can understand why it is better to meditate daily. While it is best to meditate at the same time and in the same place, finding a peaceful corner somewhere can work. And it is best when you have trained your brain to rest "on-demand" and you can meditate for a few minutes….anytime and anywhere.
Then we can call on our meditation practice to counteract our anxiety. Anxiety leads to pain which leads to more anxiety, etc. etc. etc. Mindful meditation will help us control the anxiety……and in doing so, help with the pain.
I hope you will make time to meditate. Please be free of suffering today. Chris
Chris, thank you for sharing your experience with meditation. It’s taking me a while to easily drop into the meditation zone. I hope I get to that point. My anxiety has been with me for so long — I’m really good at that!! I realize I need to exercise some patience here, but am confident that I’m doing something good for myself by meditating.
I cannot seem to let thoughts float on by!
I don’t do well with meditation. It actually increased my anxiety. I’ll give it another try at a later date.
@sears It's okay to not feel comfortable with meditation. Sometimes it takes time to get your mind accustomed to a new way of "just being". There are many forms of meditation. Even simply walking quietly and mindfully can be considered meditation. Good for you for trying again in the near future! I would like to hear what you decide to do and how it all works out for you!
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