After practicing mindfulness for a year (I’ve tried different methods to keep myself balanced and focused, this is the only one that stuck with me), I’m finally able to save myself a lot of stress in a anxiety-full situation using meditation technics.
In urgent cases as such, the ability to press the “pause” button is crucial.
But what do you do after you pressed the button?
You breathe. You take 15 min to breathe and feel how anxiety and stress running through my body.
Well, I automatically opened my Calm app to listen to Tamara’s soothing voice.
And I just breathe, breathe, and breathe.
As much as I love Tamara’s voice, I didn’t need her to tell me that “everything is ok.” But everything IS ok — my body knows it, only my mind some times doesn’t.
As I was breathing, my chest was feeling pressed and my breath was heavy.
I felt the weight on my upper body and I was struggling to get rid of that weight.
But as the active act of “observing” the weight, the slowly shifting my attention to my head, face, arms and legs, the weight just disappeared.
Isn’t that magic?
When I realised the weight was gone, my mind was active again. “Wow this is amazing!” She said. “I wonder why. Maybe I can find out by analysing it with logic.”
Then I was annoyed by that thought.
Thankfully, the weight didn’t come back to my chest.
The truth is, while I was doing my mindfulness practice, and meditate, the gross time that I was 100% focused and my mind kept her mouth shut, was much less than that 15 min.
But it still worked like a charm.
I wonder how amazing it would feel if I keep practicing meditation and can go longer than that.
So this is my emergency self-rescue kit.
I was able to pull myself back from free-falling into a depressed blackhole, and to lift the weight on myself, preventing me from dying of short of breath.