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Friday, March 1, 2013

How to sit with anxiety

Sitting with anxiety is a hard thing to do; anxiety seems to demand that you do something -- not just sit. This blog post, on Wildmind Buddhist Meditation, explains the how and why very well.
The key is to keep bathing your amygdala in reassurance. One way to do this is to accept your anxiety. The amygdala actually responds to its own activity. it creates anxiety and then takes the symptoms of anxiety as a sign that something *must* be wrong. So if we can simply accept our anxiety, and accept that it’s OK to feel anxiety, then we cut out that feedback loop of getting anxious about anxiety. You can say to yourself, in a soothing tone of voice (internal, if you want), “It’s OK. It’s OK to feel this. Let me feel this.”