How to Meditate to Reduce Anxiety when it seems like nothing is working in my life?
Sometimes, you can be the only thing standing in your way; other times, you just don’t know where to begin, let alone how to make amends. But that’s okay.
This article is going to teach you how to meditate to reduce anxiety in every area of your life to be a new and improved you.
The uncertainty, ambiguous nature of daily life can certainly increase your propensity for anxiety.
Society doesn’t do the best job of teaching you how to regulate your habitual emotions and regular thought patterns. Relationships leave you feeling crippled emotionally and dependent on trying to fill a void that never quite suffices or sustains your deepest, innermost needs.
In this regard, I am pretty sure we can all relate to the saying, “Baby, it’s Cold Outside!”
If you are reading this article and need a vacation from chronic, accumulative stress, then congratulations!
You have nothing to fear and everything to understand as you learn how to meditate to reduce anxiety in five key steps.
Meditate on What Makes You Feel Calm & Happy
Related: Meditation — What to Focus On?
It is easy to focus on the problem when the said problem seems to be the most pressing issue at hand. However, it is important to note that the more you focus on something, the more it grows. The last thing you need is to continuously let go of what is weighing you down and depriving you of quality life.
What do you want to grow?
What do you want to decay?
Life is always changing and in many ways represents exponential growth and decay. So, it is crucial to focus your energy (or energy in motion) on what makes you feel your best because when you feel your best, you eventually become your best.
You are your best!
This is a conscious choice to either expand or contract and more importantly how you are going to readjust your life to exploit what works best and fills your spirit with the most joy.
Yes, there is little reason to be merry or cheery for that matter during the holiday this season, yet you are more than enough.
You have to focus on what you have and what you are. Embrace where you are and slowly but surely make progress.
That brings me to my next point:
Express Gratitude at All Costs
Trust me, this one is arguably the most bittersweet method on the list.
How can I be grateful when everything in my life is spiraling out of my control and working against me at every corner?
As stated before, focus on what is working on your life and slowly replace this with what isn’t — it’s a working progress.
One way to shift your focus into a higher dimension is by expressing gratitude.
How do I express gratitude?
All you have to do is give thanks. You can do this silently or out loud to yourself, other people, God, etc. It doesn’t matter how you do it; all that matters is that you do it, preferably daily.
Express gratitude for how far you’ve come. Challenge your thinking to realize the positive as much as able. Look to the horizons and say, “It’s a beautiful, marvelous world. I am so grateful that I am alive and well to witness such magic.”
Meditate on the best-case scenario as if it is already here because it more ways than you can fathom, it already is as you are the conscious co-creator of your reality.
So, I get that I have to redirect my focus and express gratitude. That’s pretty clear, self-explanatory. But how do I meditate on the best-case scenario? What methods would you prescribe? Do I fake it until I make it?
No, you don’t necessarily have to fake it until you make it. You just have to feel it.
Even though conventional wisdom, as outlined above, utilizes the as-if principle, it is more as it is.
Let those words sink in and meditate on those implications.
You are already all the things you want, including peace of mind and less anxiety about the state of your life.
You just have to recognize that you are not going towards gratitude but coming from gratitude. It is just a matter of getting back there.
The only difference is that you are not reverting back to your purest, lightest, most original self; you are becoming the greatest version of yourself in honor of the highs and lows on your journey.
In a nutshell, you are better than your historical best!
Manifest with the Insatiable Power of Your Eyelids
Related: 7 Best Meditation Methods: Boost Your Mood
Correct! The power of visualization is beyond the veil of mere words.
What’s even more powerful is seeing yourself at your best and embodying it like none other.
Imagine the euphoric, blissful feeling of your Future Self ministering to your Present Self and guiding you to overcome your challenges. Envision what it’s like to have and be all that you want, need, and know that you are worthy of, deserving to manifest.
There is not one thing — or person, for that matter — in this universe that is out of your league or too great for you; you are stronger, greater, and better than your circumstances.
And as Bob Proctor says, “If you can hold it in your head, you can hold it in your hand.”
No matter what you want — love, romance, money, joy, peace, abundance — if you can imagine it, you can have it.
Try not to worry too much about the right or wrong way to visualize as doing so is counterproductive to your success and inhibits the flow of much-needed progress from entering and subsequently flooding into your life.
All you have to do is refine your vision every time you visualize. Progress is the key to seeing and manifesting.
So close your eyes and open your mind to the endless possibilities of the insatiable power of visualization.
Can you see what I see?
Can you see an endless sea of lush, vibrant evergreen?
Smile! The camera never turns off…
Did you know that your subconscious mind is a magnetic sponge that attracts experiences based on its programming?
The question is: does the subconscious mind operate more like a computer or a camera?
For the sake of this article, we are going to say a camera that is always taking pictures and storing the vibe, energy, and context of every experience in and storing it in its hard drive. Nonetheless, your mind is a photogenic, primitive machine that fully lives in the moment and absorbs the picture you constantly feed it.
There is no past or future; only the gift of the present.
The same concept applies to meditation. Ask yourself this:
What type of experience do I want to absorb?
What gifts do I want to be ever-present?
How can I change the story I’ve been telling myself for what seems to be half-a-millennia?
Did you know it takes fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown? Did you know that smiling not only reduces anxiety but also prolongs your life expectancy?
Meditation is not always closing your eyes and tuning the world out; meditation is focusing on your world and transforming it from the inside out.
Smile and change your story’s narrative, watch your anxiety subside, and embrace your new style!
Smile and you pleasure yourself to a world of bliss, peace, joy, and enlightenment.
It will cost you nothing as it is everything invaluable, a priceless, timeless diamond.
Absorb your story!
(Meditate) Ask, Point, and You Shall Receive
Related: 10 Meditation Ideas for Beginners — Improve Effectiveness, Increase Results
Whether it is yourself, others, or what/whoever you believe in, reach out and ask for help regarding your most pressing desires. Ask for ways to effectively reduce your anxiety and boost your health & wealth.
Did you know that asking questions propel answers?
You just have to point out what it is you need assistance with and make it known, preferably verbally. Perhaps mentally if that works for you.
Keep it specific, short, and sweet.
Here is a template:
How can I improve my mental and physical health?
Will I overcome your challenges?
How can I reduce my anxiety and how?
Will I find balance in my life in the coming days, weeks, months, and years?
How can I let go of what no longer positively serves me?
Do you have any advice on how I can improve?
What is your constructive feedback on the state of my affairs?
I need help with XYZ. Can you remind me how to…?
Do you know of methods to reduce anxiety?
What are some daily tidbits to transform my life?
Is there any best advice you learned and why?
What you Believe:
Dear universe, I need your help and assistance with…
I am ready to…
God, I need guidance on how to overcome anxiety?
Source, I need your light to pour through me and heal my wounds.
Weigh all the advice, determine what works best, and expand!
There is no such thing as unanswered prayers.
You may not always get what you want; you always get what you need and are most ready to handle indeed.
No worries; all pointing.
Meditate on letting go and allowing life to happen for you.
Ask for Help. Point out the Request. Receive the Miracles.
Ask. Point. Receive.
Anxiety on Ice?
The most important thing to remember is to be transparent and acknowledge where you are.
Faking it until you make it is like drinking diet coke when you know the artificial sweeteners actually make it worse than the OG coke. Be real with yourself and make the best out of what you take. Turn rags-to-riches, make something out of nothing.
Trust that you are improving daily. Believe that you are progressing.
Don’t numb the feeling; feel the numbness, the emptiness, the pain, the anxiety that arises to the surface.
Let yourself feel everything and then let it go.
Meditate on feeling everything so that you can heal everything.
Whoop, there it is! These are my five methods on how to meditate to reduce anxiety.
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6 thoughts on “How to Meditate to Reduce Anxiety | 5 Steps to Success”
Such a helpful article especially in times like what we’re currently dealing with. I have been dealing with anxiety ever since I was a teenager and I can surely agree that the first step mentioned in this guide is quite important and helpful. We’re so focused on what we can’t control that we sometimes forget about what makes us feel alive again. It can be the smallest things like music, reading, writing, watching your favorite tv show, etc but as long as it makes you feel at ease then it’s completely worth it.
Everything is meditation, the question is: is it your favor? I am so glad that you could relate to this article. We are certainly alone together in times like these. It is a process and we are all stronger, greater, and better because of it. Let me know if there is anything else you would like to add or if I can help you any further. Thanks!
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