Meditation for Anxiety
Beeja meditation helps anxiety sufferers by using the sounds of mantras that are chosen to match each individual’s nervous system. The gentle repetition of these sounds within the mind has a soothing effect and calms any hyper-activation of the nervous system.
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- The problem
We all feel fear when faced with genuine danger, whereas anxiety is a subjective perception of a threat which feels very real to the person experiencing it. Like stress, anxiety has its origins in the evolutionary mismatch between our social environment and our biological makeup.
Anxiety can be triggered by almost anything from boiling an egg to going on a date. Instead of protecting us, this chronic activation of ‘flight or fight’ mode is causing us far more harm than good.
Ongoing anxiety depletes energy, interrupts sleep and greatly diminishes our everyday capabilities and overall sense of happiness
Whilst our lives have changed dramatically since the last century, our genetic makeup has yet to catch up. We are still programmed in the same way as our ancestors.
Whenever we feel anxiety, we are experiencing the effects of a hyper-stimulated area of the brain called the amygdala which is responsible for activating our ancient flight or fight response. (The amygdala is so sensitive, that if you flash a picture of something fear-inducing to someone with an anxious disposition – even subliminally for a millisecond – their amygdala immediately goes into overdrive).
Neurotransmitters are released, putting us on red alert for danger and potential threats.
Anxiety is also triggered by the past. During any traumatic event, the part of the brain which is responsible for the formation and recall of memory (the hippocampus) is severely impaired - but the experience remains stored in our nervous system. As a result, anything vaguely related to the trauma gets red-flagged and immediately generates a chain reaction of fear.
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“The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.”
Franklin D Roosevelt, President of the USA