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27.10.2014
Hi, I’m Amy and I have battled against anxiety for over 10 years, until I discovered mindfulness and realised that battling was only reinforcing the anxiety. For me, anxiety manifested itself (past tense!) as negative thoughts spiralling out of control, constant thoughts that I wasn’t good enough. Physically my panic attacks took the form of intense heat and nausea, very difficult to cope with when there’s a roomful of people, but invisible to everyone around. I tried self-help books, NHS counselling, hypnosis CDs, online programs and, most of all, willpower.
People were worried and I couldn’t bear to make up yet another lie, so I decided to come clean, on Facebook of all places.
The book is arranged as an 8 week course, with a chapter per week, and comes with a CD of short meditations (ranging from 3 to x minutes). I have found that a lot of people have been quite sceptical as soon as I mention mindfulness. People often think of mindfulness as a form of meditation, and then start imagining Buddhist monks or long-haired hippies (nothing wrong with either of these, they are simply the stereotypes people tend to come up with).
Mindfulness can include meditation, but it is a particular type of meditation (and it’s not religious). I had always thought I was hopeless at meditating, because my mind is constantly whirring, and the harder I tried, the more I noticed my head was full of thoughts. The practice meditations in the book I used are really short, some are only 3 minutes long, so this isn’t a huge commitment of time. The negative thoughts are still there, but by being mindful of my thoughts, I now have time to decide how to react. The book explains that our brains have a negative bias, we are hardwired to think the worst in a situation for our own survival. Making Friends With My Anxiety  By Sheila Bayliss After 7 pregnancy losses and finally becoming a mum, I thought I’d learned plenty about the power of mindfulness to help you cope with powerful feelings.
3 Quick Mindfulness Practices to Overcome Worry, Anxiety and Panic By Jodie Gien Whether we admit it or not, we all worry. This is written with such clarity, simplicity (in the best of ways), is personal and highly informative at the same time. Is it mindfulness that you struggle to find time for, or are you thinking of writing an article? I am sorry, but I just couldn’t hold back from saying this, you just sound like nothing will ever work for you but the truth is that if you stick to something long enough it will work. I meditate for over 30 years and teach meditation for over 20 years and, believe me, if you can breathe you can meditate! Please ask your questions or leave a comments below and I’ll be glad to assist you in the best possible way! Many women, of all sizes, live in a state of perpetual anxiety about their food consumption. Food Meditations is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
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The Kasina gets its name from a form of Buddhist meditation that uses visual objects and colours to focus the mind. The Kasina Mind Machine uses special patterns of light and sound to lead you gently into the peaceful, calm states of mind and body that will help you to relax deeply, improve concentration and memory, and sleep more soundly. What makes the Kasina different from other light-and-sound systems is that it has an integrated MP3 player and includes an 8 GB microSD card with over 50 audio-visual sessions. The sessions range from the soothing sounds of nature to ambient electronic tapestries - all beautifully orchestrated and synchronized to the visual experience.
Kasina also features a backlit, coloured LCD display, built in rechargeable lithium battery, and can be used as a USB audio device.
The Kasina package includes a free editor app for both Mac and Windows on the included flash memory card. Some sessions include ambient sounds such as Tibetan singing bowls, Shamanic drumming, nature sounds, wind chimes and so on. As part of my journey into mindfulness and positive thinking I started a blog called Silver Linings Project where I write about the wonderful things that I’m learning – pop over and have a look. Year after year I’d been keeping my head above water, but paddling frantically to stay afloat. My anxiety was centred on social situations, primarily the fear of having a panic attack in public and not being able to escape. I tried to take small steps towards the things I was afraid of, but I never got past the first step. It came with a note explaining that mindfulness had helped him more than any of the self-help books and counselling that he had tried over the years. I am really pleased that mindfulness is becoming mainstream, but the fact that it is the new buzzword adds to the scepticism that mindfulness is yet another passing phase.


You can be mindful without meditating, it’s all about noticing what is going on in that moment. Rather than meditating to transcend our day to day lives in pursuit of a higher goal, mindfulness is about zoning in on the day to day, noticing all the minutiae of life. In mindful meditation, this is actually a good thing, it shows you are noticing your thoughts.
Once I was back at work I did them on the bus, headphones on, and no-one was any the wiser. I am no longer the girl with the excuses lined up, I am no longer the girl who fears change and social situations. Sometimes it feels like it might be based on fact, in which case I tell myself I’ll come back to it later.
If you are a caveman confronted with a sabre toothed tiger, you might as well think the worst! The negative thoughts do still pop up, but what has changed is how I react to them now that they no longer frighten me. You might worry about the big things, like relationships, your job or your direction in life. I love talking about something that really has changed my life, that I could easily have never tried. I thought I had tried everything, including mindfulness, I’m so glad I took the time to explore further. For novices, a great introduction, for the more experienced, a chance to remind themselves of the rawness of the anxiety experience, the practice itself and the path to wellness.
I am glad, you feel better, sadly I have tried just about everything, cbt, meds, positive thinking, nlp, countless books on mindfulness, mindfulness groups, I even, had mark Williams, mindfulness on my mobile, for over 2 years, and some from of mindfulness for 4-5 years on my mobile, using it for 45 mins per day! I am one of those people who believed that nothing could ever cure me of my anxiety disorder, but let me tell you that for the past four weeks I have felt a huge difference in how I feel just by doing mindfulness meditation for 40 minutes each day. As I get older (almost 28 now) my anxiety and panic attacks have been getting worse in severity and frequency.
I have been practicing mindfulness meditation for about three weeks now and I do see somewhat of a difference in how I feel.
Although I don’t suffer from any serious anxiety disorder, I do have mild or little anxiety and I am get very negative about random things. I’m 21 and just in the last month or so started having anxiety, which threw me into a depression of sorts.
Can I use it to promote healthier thoughts to my mind towards certain situations and people? And I am so glad that you are HERE and NOW so together we can get to the great results and reach your meditation goals! No guarantee is given as to the accuracy, consistency, or completeness of the information displayed in the database records.
Use the easy-to-follow exercises during your Kasina sessions and start to see amazing results in a few days. We're also giving away three amazing guided visualisations - Deep Relaxation and Meditation, Developing Your Intuition and Manage Stress & Anxiety. There’re posts on mindfulness, gratitude and 30 day challenges, as well as new sections on healthy eating and creativity. I would feel like I was going insane, that I wouldn’t be able to hold down my job, which would lead to being at home all day, which would lead to me being agoraphobic, which would lead to me losing the plot and being locked up in a mental hospital, with no means of escape. It became a vicious circle, reinforcing my belief that I wasn’t good enough or strong enough. I was shocked by the number of people who sent me private messages to say that they struggled too, people I envied as having good jobs, good social lives, and that certain air of confidence that I felt I lacked. The book (”The art of happiness” by Matthieu Ricard) itself was too in-depth for me to concentrate on while I was off sick, but I looked up the author on YouTube and was transfixed.
You concentrate on your breathing, acknowledge thoughts as they come and go, and then return to your breathing. Now that I am in the habit, I can spot when I’m going into autopilot and switch my thoughts back to being mindful at any given moment, anywhere.
I am probably still the girl you’ll find in the kitchen at parties, but only because that’s where the food is!
The mindful part of my brain spots the thought and steps up to ask whether I want to believe this or not. However, most of the things I have panicked about were far from life or death situations, even if they felt like it. But with mindfulness I notice little flowers in the verge, the way the sun catches on leaves, the way someone’s face lights up when they spot a friend.
On the few occasions that I have had panic attacks since practicing mindfulness, I have consciously switched to mindful breathing and the panic has subsided.
Or it may be small niggly things like your to-do list and stewing over a comment you wish you hadn’t made.
I never had myself down as a perfectionist, but I am starting to see I have that tendency and need to keep it in check.


Though I have found that I can have distance from my thoughts I am realizing that I can have this with body sensations too (ie however anxiety manifests itself within my body, emotions, etc). I too, have tried everything but I am noticing that I never stick with the therapies I choose long enough to feel the effects.
I will walk you by hand through this beautiful world of Peace,Tranquility, Love, Joy and Inspiration so you may create your better life according to your personal goals! These guided visualisations can be used either on their own or played through your Kasina during a session. It all made sense, a form of meditation that didn’t try to stop the constant barrage of thoughts, but rather to notice them, and let them go. You were probably being mindful without even realising, you were focussed on that moment, on that hobby, not worrying about yesterday or tomorrow.
The spiralling has been stopped in its tracks and is now devoid of the energy it needs to keep going. My light bulb moment was realising that my thoughts are just that, they are my brains way of trying out ideas, and they aren’t necessarily helpful or true. And by deliberately thinking more positively, we can rewire our brains to have a positive bias. The vicious circle has gone, and has been replaced with positive thoughts about everything I have achieved and may yet achieve. As soon as i read the blog i went and bought the book and will soonbe starting my 8 week journey.
I have anxiety so bad, I can have up to 70 symptoms, also I cant sleep, once I went 4 months without any! For over 11 years I suffered from serious panic attacks and generalized anxiety and what I noticed was how my thoughts were the trigger for these panic attacks. I started some meditation and i feel calm for a small amount of time but i see how it works! I will always have anxious thoughts, I’m only human, but I know they are just that, just thoughts.
Now, as I practice mindfulness meditation, I still have those thoughts but I am becoming less affected by their nature. From local spiritual teachers to Buddhist Monks, in person and via different programs I am continuously learning. Meals were the worst – I found it impossible to eat while I was feeling sick, which would just draw attention to me, the last thing I wanted. To help reinforce these moments into positive memories, I write a gratitude diary (via an app on my phone), and invent photo challenges to remind me to snap little things on my cameraphone each day. In addition, I feel a little more focused on the tasks I carryout each day which allows me to ignore the anxious thoughts and sensations. I assume you don’t because why would you need meds when mindfulness has helped you anyway? Meditations and energy techniques helped me to go through anxiety when I got laid off, through worries at the difficult time of divorce and through deep depression when I lost most of my family. I learnt that we can physically alter the structure of our brains, and that I was not destined to a life of anxiety. Let me give you a list of the things I have tried to overcome my anxiety disorder: Panic Away, The Linden Method, NLP, talk therapy, tapping, hypnosis, affirmations, herbal supplements, diet, and exercise. Now that I understand what will work, I truly believe that the Panic Away program and The Linden Method will work if you stick with them long enough because both of these programs, although very different, teach you how to divert your mind from the thoughts and sensations you experience during panic and anxiety. In addition, coupled with a beneficial therapy, diet and exercise are huge elements that help ease anxiety and strengthen your body to handle anxiety at any moment.
I am not saying that they are the only things you need to do in order feel full relief from anxiety, but they are crucial for recovery.
You see Dale, I always wanted the magic pill, or therapy, that would cure me by tomorrow, or next week, or next month, but the truth is there is no magic therapy or pill to do this, instead, repetition is the key. Our minds are all created the same way, unless there is sever mental illness, any type of therapy that teaches you diversion will automatically shape your mind to be that way for as long as you live. If not, I strongly encourage you to perform a little research on that process of how the mind has the ability to be rewired to be non-anxious through repitition. Dale, if it sounds like I am talking to you as if I am fully cured, let me clarify that I am not, but I have the belief that I will be in the near future. As I mentioned, for over 11 years I struggled with anxiety and within those years there was an attempted suicide and agoraphobia. Recently, I have been able to go to the grocery store, a youth basketball game, eat at my favorite restaurant, and travel to Phoenix Arizona with little to no anxiety all because for the past 4 weeks I have practiced mindfulness meditation. I am excited to see where this takes me as I continue to practice and am confident that I will be fully cured in the near future.



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