Coyote wrote:I have noticed as my meditation has progressed that often throughout the day there is this very subtle sense of anxiety or dis-ease present in my heart. It is very odd because I have the "skills" to deal with it in meditation, but it persists throughout daily life. It could be very minor/subtle depression I suppose, but it mystifies me because I do not know its cause. It causes me to feel very off balance, like the opposite of the well being I feel during meditation. What do the knowledgeable members here suggest I do?
I find when this sort of feeling arises more dominantly than a nagging background going to the breath and bringing my attention to the task at hand is helpful at the time, then looking at my thought processes either later during a sitting, or once I have re-balanced myself is useful in seeing what I am clinging to. More than likely this happens sooner after it has been noticed, rather than later.
If it is only the background "depression or anxiety" then I keep track of what is the persistent thought, or tone, my mind is drawn to, then I see what meditative practice seams best for the mindstate that is present at the time.
I too have a issue with subtle depression and anxiety going through the day and the best practices I have found that helps is persistent moment to moment mindfulness and mudita.
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