I have been looking at all sorts of meditation to help relieve my anxiety. I’ve downloaded several kinds of guided meditation and some hypnosis audios. I went to talk to a TM teacher (big bucks!). I did some hypnotherapy work once, and I’ve read a lot of articles. I found that the one thing in common was mindfulness breathing. Concentrating on your breathing is relaxing and keeps your mind in the moment. That is how I am going to start my learning process with positive affirmations.
I am also well aware that I have isolated myself from some social anxiety, and I haven’t been very active lately. I blame it on the monsoon season. I have actually been depressed and obsessed researching how to push my improvement in high gear. Both of these things have led me to the gym.
I had once been dedicated to working out so it is nothing new. Now it’s a different kind of gym and I have a trainer. What my trainer doesn’t know that my workout is part of my meditation. I concentrate on my breathing (sometimes the breathing is rather labored) and block out as much as I can around me. Once the soreness is gone and I build up some more strength, I will find the zone.
Meanwhile, I am making a meditation schedule and memorizing affirmations. I created a picture in my mind of what I consider my best self. I keep that picture in my head like a sticky note on the refrigerator. My therapist helped me write the affirmations. They needed proper wording to be the best version of positivity.
She has helped me find some negative core beliefs that exasperated my depression and anxiety. I know there are more that are in my subconscious. Working together I am slowly acknowledging them and replacing them. The process is working by taking one day at a time.
Ask yourself a question. What is going on with you? Is it paralyzing to you? Get some help, and work on a plan. look for the courage to step out of your comfort zone. I want to live the rest of my life looking like that picture in my head instead of sitting on the couch with the picture and not doing anything about making a change to become her. Be good to yourself.
Peace be with you.