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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?
@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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I used to meditate successfully for years to help with anxiety/ocd.. I agree, it can change your life. I remember once describing it to other ppl like I felt like I was always on vacation.. that feeling you get right before you have your breakfast the morning of your vacation flight to Jamaica. Lol.. meditation for me slowed things down.. I felt as thought I could see things coming at me in slow motion and had the time to react appropriately. I miss that feeling. If I sit and meditate now, after a few days I get irritable and short fused.. it’s weird.. tried 2-3 times and this always happens.. something needs to come out I guess.. my favourite was the bodyscan.. for 30mins.. loved it..
@cp6401 That is an interesting observation about your meditation practice. I am curious what prompted you to stop meditating, and have you thought about trying another meditation technique? This time of year, especially, it is beneficial to have a measure of control in your responses to stressors!
Thanks for the reply ginger
I’ve toyed with the idea of trying it again.. I used to love the way it made me feel after awhile of doing it ..and to your point, I’ve also wondered about other approaches. Like transcendental meditation.. the idea of keeping the brain busy with a mantra while the rest of the mind relaxes and recovers is intriguing.. but I’ve read that ppl think it’s evil etc.. I’m not the most religious person, I have my beliefs.. but I heard you had to get a mantra from a guru etc .. bah.. and ooommmm never really worked for me. I’m quite confused right now about religion to be honest.. as a family I talk to my kids about bedtime.. the power of intention etc..the wife also has her beliefs, but doesn’t practice, I also have a sister who is into other worldly things.. I don’t know.. my ocd makes it worse. I feel like I’m religiously confused lol..perhaps this is all tied in together somehow..
@cp6401 There is always a lot to sort out when faced with a dilemma. Perhaps taking five minutes to sit quietly, listening to your breathing, emptying your mind, will help you relax. Years ago, someone told me that almost any activity can be considered a meditation, when done mindfully. Walking around the block, being "present" for example, or drawing a picture/doodle and losing yourself in it. Be gentle on yourself; be patient and it will be clear when you're ready. I hope you will find what works for you, and let us know.
That is very true.. mindful eating even.. I’ve taken several courses on it… perhaps I’ll give it another shot. .. having said this I genuinely feel like my Effexor is just making things worse.. it’s a real battle you never know what the real problem is. Thanks for your kind words
Why do you think the Effexor is making it worse?
I stopped meditating as it made my anxiety worse.
What’s the body scan?
@annedodrill44, good evening. You asked what is a body scan. The most common use is as part of a meditation practice called mindfulness. It means that you, through a leader guided experience or a recording, mentally scan your body with awareness, looking and listening for sensations that describe how your body parts are feeling and working. The purpose is for you to be aware of what is going on in your body. Should anything be aroused that may need attention, you may want to watch it and see if it re-occurs. Here is a link for this practice. Have a restful sleep. Chris
Well described. Back when I was a regular.. this 30 minute meditation once daily helped me tremendously.
Truth be told I don’t think the Effexor has ever worked. And now I’m stuck with a gradual taper off of something that already does not work.. lotsa little ups and down and I find myself having to take life hour by hour… and invoking my strategies more often than not..
Also Because of this feeling of disconnectedness and de realism I feel like my life is passing me by and I’m missing my kids growing up.(even thought I’m there every step and go out of my way to be involved.. just I’ll at ease, fragile to certain topics like any unfairness in the world poverty l, child abuse, these topics will cause an anxiety attack and then linger for days.. I hate being sensitive, I’m usually aloof more often than not🤪
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