Whether we realize it or not, fear is often a large part of life. The fear of disappointing others, fear of taking career risks, or fear of not accomplishing goals can affect our mental and physical states of health over time. Someone who constantly lives with feelings of fear and anxiety can develop high blood pressure, sleeplessness, depression or even a heart condition. A complete yoga session that includes pranayama, meditation and stretching can help release fears and teach people to live a more mindful, grateful life. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
There’s a term in Buddhism, manasikara, which means attention. It’s a fundamental component of awareness because it directs the mind to it object — it’s the charioteer of the mind that directs it where to go. It comes in two forms: appropriate and inappropriate attention.
Anxiety is a form of inappropriate attention. A scripture describes a monk whose meditation practice revolved around obsessively ruminating on things that were making him unhappy. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Anxiety and desire are two, often conflicting, orientations to the unknown. Both are tilted toward the future. Desire implies a willingness, or a need, to engage this unknown, while anxiety suggests a fear of it. Desire takes one out of oneself, into the possibility or relationship, but it also takes one deeper into oneself. Anxiety turns one back on oneself, but only onto the self that is already known. There is nothing mysterious about the anxious state; it leaves one teetering in an untenable and all too familiar isolation. There is rarely desire without some associated anxiety. We seem to be wired to have apprehension about that which we cannot control, so in this way, the two are not really complete opposites. But desire gives one a reason to tolerate anxiety and to push through it. … [click on title to read more]
Reframing your experience can be critically important in the process of healing.. Here is a new way to consider stress. It’s really very beautiful.
Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
Kelly says we are built to be resilient. I believe that! Listen up. It’s always good to reconsider what we’ve been told to believe.
Why is it assumed that people need remain unaware of their physiological experience? This is exactly what meditation can attend to. It’s called “mindfulness” for a reason. It’s entirely possible to become aware of our bodies, minds and psyches. The fact that many of us are asleep does not mean we cannot wake up!
This sort of knee-jerk conclusion that determines we are helpless in the face of all our physiology strips people of their inheritance. We can be AWARE. We can wake-up. We can heal ourselves. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Terror wants to be integrated, just like rage. If we’re not feeling fear and anger at the state of world something is wrong. Feel your feelings. Let them move through you. This practice will aid in allowing you to become who you are. We block our feelings to our detriment. Our entire society is complicit in this…
We block our feelings to our detriment. Our entire society is complicit in this… … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Tracks of very soothing healing sound technology for download (good for anxiety, sleeplessness and can assist meditation)
I posted these tracks for download in a long post on methods to deal with insomnia: Help for insomnia (and psych drug withdrawal triggered sleeplessness).
Since they were buried at the bottom of that post I wanted to give better access to them because they’re really very helpful to me and I know they’ve been helpful to a lot of other folks in withdrawal too. I have no doubt many people with normal stress and anxiety will find them lovely and helpful too. … [click on title to read the rest]
Anxiety is basically a clinical term for fear which everyone at one time or another experiences with or without a diagnosis of some sort of anxiety “disorder.” Psychiatry pathologizes much of the normal human experience and in opposing fashion fear and/or anxiety is often referred to in Buddhism and other alternative philosophies as normal. Which is why many techniques to cope with anxiety have been inspired by Buddhism. There are many methods to learn how to be with these normal feelings, whether they’re very intense or not. As individuals some of us may be more prone to more intensity than others. We can all work with whatever it is we experience.
Gluten sensitivity in those labeled schizophrenic & bipolar (also implicated in depression & anxiety) #foodie Friday
Gluten sensitivity can manifest with or without gastrointestinal symptoms! This is true for many people, not just those labeled with schizophrenia. I talk about diet and mental health a lot and gluten can be part of the mental health picture for many people whether or not they have a psychiatric diagnosis.