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Mindfulness and the sources of anxiety

Kerome

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I was practicing my mindfulness and I noticed something: the anxious thoughts in my mind were being driven by me, I was actually kind of looking for these sources of anxiety. It was like I was seeking out sources of worry to think about, fantasising about them, what might happen, in fact kind of living in the future.

It was interesting, like a cycle of worry that I would embark on. It's totally unnecessary, in a way you are finding ways to scare yourself. It's an addiction to the fight or flight response, an adrenaline circus that you get caught up in.

But by catching it early, by becoming aware of the cycle, it's possible to silence this behaviour and break out.
 
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Something I have noticed is my mind is always working,and I can observe it spiinning its wheels like it's a separate entity from me.It's always thinking,always worrying,it reminds me of a computer,just a program running in the background at all times.

And I can focus on that entity and get caught up in it.Or I can choose to just observe it,which is kind of a wild thing to do.
 
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this thread reminds me of the time i discovered that i was subconsciously pressuring my own self into finding a girlfriend.
 
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this thread reminds me of the time i discovered that i was subconsciously pressuring my own self into finding a girlfriend.
Yes. Buddhists call these kinds of patterns 'habit energies', and it can be tremendously useful when you catch yourself in the act. Mindfulness of your own mind and behaviour is an excellent tool towards living a life in peace. In order to discard or reform bad behaviours you have to be aware of them first.

But in order to do that you first have to start with being aware of your thoughts, being able to witness them coming and going. Which is one of the things that meditation teaches you, it's like a certain knack that you can learn.
 
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