In The Wind Anxiety Meditation
On a daily basis our minds become cluttered with day to day problems and concerns about what might or might not happen in the future. Living with chronic pain often increases our anxieties, particularly when we try to predict how the condition is going to limit our life choices. I find that trying to ignore these thoughts is virtually impossible. It seems the more I try to push them out of my mind, the more they seem to take over my thoughts. It’s much easier to let the thought have its say so to speak and then let it be on its way.
This exercise is a very good general mediation that can be used daily to reduce stress, increase clarity of thought, and give the mind a little rest. I don’t, however, suggest doing this one before bed as it is much too easy to fall victim to chains of thought that can increase the possibilities of insomnia. A better time for practice might be right after work or partway through the day so that your mind is more alert and your patience level higher throughout the day when you need it most.
- Relax and let your mind wander. See the problems of the day and worries that cross you mind as if they were leaves blowing in the wind. Watch these thoughts come to the forefront of your mind and then let them just float away naturally. Let go of all attachment to these situations. If need be, pretend that they are simply a movie based upon someone else’s life.
- If a particular thought seems to want to linger, don’t try to force it to go away. Let it float on the wind for a little while then let out a puff of air that will send it across the room.
- Sometimes strong emotions come with these images. Remind yourself that this is just a movie. The emotion you experience is just another leaf to watch and then let float away.
- Continue the process for five to fifteen minutes.