Many of my first time meditation students tell me that meditation isnt helping with anxiety. Some of them feel frustrated because they wanted meditation to solve their problem, yet it hasnt worked.
I completely understand how they feel. However, there is good news. The good news is that meditation can stop anxiety [Read: Anxiety Meditation], you just have to know how to use it correctly.
In this article Im going to explain why meditation isnt helping with anxiety, and what to do about it.
Why meditation isnt helping with anxiety
Sometimes, meditation doesnt help with anxiety. But not because meditation doesnt work, but rather because youre doing it incorrectly.
Now, im not going to discuss the fact that mindfulness apps dont work, because Ive discussed that before (see the link).
Instead Im going to reveal a much deeper truth. And that is the fact that our definition of both anxiety and meditation are wrong.
This is going to get deep. But trust me, what I say in this article will be a revelation.
Yes, our definitions of both anxiety and meditation are wrong, or at least incomplete.
You see, the word “anxiety” is just far too broad to explain what you’re going through. Anxiety is defined as a psychological condition that includes numerous physiological sensations as well as thoughts and feelings. There are many different types of anxiety, ranging from social anxiety to generalised anxiety to panic attacks. And people with anxiety experience a million different thoughts and feelings. It is a huge condition. And if you want to stop anxiety with meditation, you need to get a lot more specific.
I’m going to suggest that your form of anxiety is unique to you. The exact thoughts that you experience are your thoughts. The feelings are your feelings.
Now with that in mind, is it any surprise that some generic meditation isnt helping with anxiety? It’s because you’re not using a meditation that is designed to help with your form of anxiety.
Let me explain.
As a meditation teacher Ive helped many people with anxiety, and in most cases I used a different form of meditation for each one.
Sarah, for instance. Sarah told me that she gets social anxiety and that when she feels anxiety she always thinks that everyone is judging her. So I taught her a form of compassion-meditation that taught her to see other people as compassionate, not judgmental. Problem solved.
Then there is Jason. He came to me with generalised anxiety that she associated with various feelings in her body. So I taught her Body Scan meditation. Problem solved.
The reason why I was successful in helping my students with anxiety was that I went deeper. I looked at the type of anxiety they were suffering from, the different thoughts they were experiencing, and the sensations in their bodies. Only by going that deep was I able to create the perfect meditation to solve their problem.
If meditation isnt helping with anxiety, you need to go deeper. Consider how your anxiety is manifesting in your mind and body. Then use a meditation to counter that problem.
If you would like help with this, book a private meditation session with me today.
Paul Harrison is a passionate meditation teacher who believes in genuine, authentic meditation. He has more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in beautiful Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University.
“My goal is to provide the most authentic meditation sessions so you can harness the power of your own mind for personal transformation” – Paul Harrison