Will Meditation Work For You?
Anxiety has been a constant battle throughout my life. I’ve always had this underlying fear of the future, of people, on the worst days I have trouble leaving my house. It feels like I can’t do anything, and I can’t make it past getting out of bed. My rational side says this is irrational and I need to push through this fear.
That is where meditation comes in. There are many meditation techniques I’ve researched. I’ve tried Buddhist meditation, sensory deprivation, journaling meditation, musical meditation, mindfulness meditation, etc. I’ve tried them all, and it was quite an adventure.
Speaking with people, they taught me the best ways to meditate. I learned a few tips on what works and what doesn’t. It’s hard, but it’s been a journey.
Sensory deprivation was the scariest of what I’ve tried, but it turned out to be the most beneficial. I was facing my monsters’ head-on. I was floating in water in a dark room; there was no sound, no light, just me, my mind, and the water.
My thoughts came to the surface. It felt like they were engulfing me, and I couldn’t run anymore. Floating in the darkness; there was nowhere to run. I couldn’t do anything other than accept that the thoughts were coming to the surface. I accepted them as thoughts – even allowed myself to question things. Getting lost in my head and then an overwhelming feeling of calmness. Calm enough to lull me to sleep in the gentle float of the water.
Next thing I knew, the hour was over. There was relaxation, more calmness than I had felt in days, even months. It was because the meditation had allowed me to reach the point of pure, unadulterated calm. I felt that there was nothing more beautiful than the place that my mind was at right then.
There was a beauty about it- I knew everything would be okay. I knew I could relax and believe all my doubts were ending. If it wasn’t all right, then it wasn’t the end. I had the desire to fight, to push through and find my motivation again. It appeared the meditation had pushed me through and gave me the will to fight through my anxiety and depression.
Another form of meditation that works well for me in the mornings – musical meditation. It’s as simple as finding morning energizing music and meditation through YouTube videos and listening to the calm classical music with birds chirping. No matter the weather, hearing something that felt like sunshine helped my mindset. It helps to wake up in the morning to something sweet and calm.
Not every meditation technique works for everyone. There are those I wouldn’t recommend and those I would scream praises for. You don’t have to take my word for it, but every mind works in a different way– such as supplements and medications may cause a unique reaction, the form of meditation best for you may work another way than the way it does for another person.
As a whole, I recommend people research and find different meditation techniques until they find something that works for them. One that works for you and engulfs you into warmth and happiness that can work best for you. It will take a while; you may not find it on the first try, you will, through practice and patience.”