Anxiety and boredom can make meditation difficult – here are some tips to help.
Sometimes something creates friction in your meditation. You sit down to rest, but it feels like you’re only on the surface, and you feel like you’ve stopped meditating. When it seems futile to continue and there are a thousand other things to do, the question is: Are there any simple tips you can follow to get rid of anxiety while meditating??
In fact, anxiety in Acem Meditation can be the result of proper meditation, where we allow the remnants of psychological problems to surface in the conscious part of our mind. Boredom can be a related feeling. Both phenomena represent opportunities for meditation. If you want to overcome your anxiety, your attention is the place to start, or rather: become aware of the interaction between meditation sound and attention.
In meditation, anxiety tends to fill your entire field of vision. It draws your attention and it becomes difficult to repeat the meditation sound effortlessly. In those moments, it can be felt that there is no room for anything else in his mind. This is not true.
There are other impulses in the mind, but they are quieter than anxiety. It’s like standing on the side of the highway trying to listen to the wind caressing the treetops next to you. There are other impulses, but they are drowned out by the noise of anxiety. Likewise, boredom can dominate your experience while sitting there. You don’t even hear the wind in the treetops.
When you repeat a meditation sound in Acem Meditation, the goal is to use as little energy as possible in the repetition. It makes you more open to the subtle parts of the mind. You are more open to areas of yourself that need a more sensitive presence. Acem Meditation increases your introspective sensitivity.
A gentle meditation sound with less energy in its repetition facilitates openness to other parts of you that are alive. The parts that don’t scream and fight and scream. At first they seem like just a whisper.
Ask yourself: can I now use less energy in sound reproduction? At the same time, you can use your awareness. Imagine that you have a periphery and a center of attention. Although the center is full of noise from the busy highway, there are a few trees whispering on the periphery. You can expand your focus to become aware of what is out there.
A lighter meditation sound and expanded awareness can be helpful in discovering that your inner landscape is not just the sound of engines. Just listen beyond anxiety: what’s up now? What are the silent impulses within me with the storms at the center? What do these voices say? It’s not uncommon for you to feel overwhelmed by feelings of failure and anxiety. But try again. Once again, return to the exploration of sound and attention. Maybe you can leave something out?
Translated by Anne Grete Hersoug
Language editor: Alice Cameron