Anxiety when Peaceful

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Anxiety when Peaceful

Postby Fitz » Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:06 pm

Hi All-

I've been having a problem where anxiety arises when I'm settling on my meditation object, I've be doing silent present moment awareness. I think it's coming up because I'm trying to force myself to be peaceful. Any advice on letting go and just letting peace happen?

-Fitz
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Re: Anxiety when Peaceful

Postby konchokzopa » Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:17 pm

stop suppressing your thoughts and observe them and learn to accept everything that arises in your mind without any judgement

these are some instructions that i have received. might be helpful in your case...

with metta
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Re: Anxiety when Peaceful

Postby daverupa » Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:45 pm

Fitz wrote:Hi All-

I've been having a problem where anxiety arises when I'm settling on my meditation object, I've be doing silent present moment awareness. I think it's coming up because I'm trying to force myself to be peaceful. Any advice on letting go and just letting peace happen?

-Fitz


You seem to get there on your own - first, you see a problem, then you see the surrounding context which hints at causes, then you think it's from forcing... so, stop forcing? Calm that mind-involvement...

:smile:
    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting oneself one protects others? By the pursuit, development, and cultivation of the four establishments of mindfulness. It is in such a way that by protecting oneself one protects others.

    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.
- Sedaka Sutta [SN 47.19]
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Re: Anxiety when Peaceful

Postby konchokzopa » Thu Oct 31, 2013 9:21 am

also if the anxiety arises, you should just observe it and not start to think about it conceptually and judge it how its bad and unwanted etc. learn to love and be open to all.
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