Updated: Mar 23
MORE ON ANXIETY
‘Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged its cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.’ - Arthur Somers Roche
We all get anxious at certain times, but when it gets to be our overwhelming emotion we need to learn to deal with it, take away its power over us. We have looked at a breathing technique, now we will look at Mindfulness and meditation, which overlap.
Contrary to some beliefs, Mindfulness has its roots in Christianity, scripture old and new (Jer.29v.11, Ph.4.8).
Eastern meditation empties the mind, biblical meditation calls for the filling of the mind with Gods word.
When we are anxious it’s no good being told to relax, our sympathetic nervous system won’t let us! However, using Mindfulness can help to switch our minds off from anxiety.
Research has shown, if practised regularly, it can actually change the structure of our brain and the biochemistry of our body. Practising the technique when we are not in the grip of anxiety will help us apply it when we are as the skill can go when we are under pressure. Mindfulness helps us learn to manage pain and stress, by noticing small things, living moment by moment, being present. It’s observing our feelings without judging them and then letting them go.
We can connect more deeply with ourselves and God.
Lets have a go..
Sit in a comfortable, supportive chair, outside or inside, be warm, anchor your feet.
Close your eyes.
Allow sounds to enter your awareness, let go of labelling sounds-‘a car, a bird’. Just be present to the sound.
If you feel your mind wandering gently bring it back to simply listening. Stay as long as you like.
Everyday activities we do unthinkingly can be done Mindfully. Slowing down, consciously being aware, enjoy brushing your teeth, tasting every mouthful, you eat, converse mindfully.
Switch off the TV and phone.
Listen to music.
Walk feeling every step.
Jesus would say “meditate on my word” choose a word, a verse, suck on it like a sweet.
Write it on a stick -it note, put it on your fridge.
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