Anxiety is caused by thought. Fearful thoughts that we believe to be true. “What if” and “why did I do that” type thoughts.Worry and rumination. Negative, self deprecating thoughts that we pile on ourselves like throwing logs on a fire. Anxiety is like a fire burning and the thoughts are the logs in the fire. If you can sit and watch the fire burn and not add logs, the fire will eventually burn out leaving just a pile of ash. You can choose your thoughts, or at least the ones you want to believe. You have control. It’s a practice. Mindfulness.
“Understanding is the earnest movement of Consciousness delving deeper and deeper into the levels of existence.” ~Tran-Thi-Kim-Dieu
“Do not think about doing it, but actually do it now. That is, be aware of the trees, the palm tree, the sky; hear the crows cawing; see the light on the leaf, the colour of the sari, the face; then move inwardly. You can observe, you can be aware choicelessly of outward things. It is very easy. But to move inwardly and to be aware without condemnation, without justification, without comparison is more difficult. Just be aware of what is taking place inside you—your beliefs, your fears, your dogmas, your hopes, your frustrations, your ambitions, and all the rest of the things. Then the unfolding of the conscious and the unconscious begins. You have not to do a thing.”
–J. Krishnamurti, The Collected Works Vol. XV, p. 85
I saw this quote on an Insight Timer fourm tonight and thought I’d share it here.
Often when we meditate, we are not consciously aware of much happening. It just seems like we are sitting there. Much of the time, our mind may be wandering, and when our mind is not wandering, it goes to sleep. After a while, we become aware that we are physically uncomfortable, and then we come back to our object of meditation for a couple seconds. Sometimes meditation practice goes on and on like this, and it doesn’t seem as if anything of real value is taking place. When we tell our friends what we experienced at a meditation retreat – mostly pain, sleepiness, and confusion – they may well say, “You paid good money for that?”
But all the while, clarity and equanimity are slowly but surely trickling down into the subconscious. They rewire us at the most fundamental level without us NECESSARILY knowing it at the time. How do we know that it’s happening? We notice that things are changing in daily life. Our behavior and perception seem to be improving spontaneously. It is almost as though somebody is performing plastic surgery on your soul; you have been under anesthesia, and when you wake up, you look different, and you are not quite sure what happened in between. In meditation, a lot of the learning that takes place is of this type. Meditation can clean out stored materials without necessarily requiring that you recall specific memories, traumas, and such.
– Shinzen Young, The Science of Enlightenment