meditation question 1 with Susan Piver

meditation question 1 with Susan Piver


Hello Susan Piver here. Every once in a
while on my blog I ask for your questions about meditation and you’re kind
enough to send them to me and I want to make sure to answer them all so I’m
gonna start today with a question from Roxana in many ways it is the question
so Thank You Roxana she asks can you provide meditations on how to obtain
tranquility calmness serenity in anxious moments that’s a that’s a big
question that’s an important question and I would say when it comes to anxiety
there are sort of two ways that you can work with it one way is to get away from
it get away from the cause of anxiety when I look at the news I freak out
true story when I talked to this person they upset
me when I go to this place I feel uncomfortable I’m gonna stop doing those
things cool that’s if you can that’s great and the
more we can minimize exposure to things that rip us up you know the stronger
we’re going to be so however that way is not very practical the way of just
trying to get away from everything that causes stress because you’ll basically you
know be spending a lot of time in bed with the sheets pulled over your head just
luckily there’s a second way and it is not to relax by getting away from what
is causing anxiety but it is to relax with what is causing anxiety so in other
words instead of trying to squeeze out from your ecosystem the stressors you
expand the ecosystem to include what is arising and what you are feeling this is
also called the practice of meditation where we sit with our breath in most cases and when thoughts arise and things come up to distract us
we don’t say no shut up or you get out you could stay instead we go let go ah
let go and come back to the object of our attention which again in most cases is the breath
in this way we create room for our entire experience and because we are
human beings and not machines that experience is unpredictable and can
include vast highs abject lows and everything in between
when we try to knock out our feelings of anxiety and replace them with feelings
of ease we create a battle within ourselves and there is no fight that
ever leads to peace rather if you can relax with what is the possibility that
you will find a way to work with it is much greater than if you’re constantly
trying to shield yourself from it so if you’re struggling with a lot of anxiety
or are working with a difficult diagnosis psychologically don’t
listen to anything I’m saying work with it with your therapist and your support
and so on but otherwise if you can turn toward what you feel and allow it a very
interesting process is invoked and by feeling it I don’t mean the story of it
I mean the actual sensation your stomach is tight or your shoulders go like this
the story is not the feeling so as Pema Chodron says feel the feeling drop
the story and in those moments when we can a gate opens and we see that we’re
in a much larger space than we may have otherwise imagined so I hope this is
useful the short answer is keep meditating and trust yourself.

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