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How to Overcome Anxiety - Mindfulness Therapy Online
Welcome! My name is Peter Strong, and I am a professional psychotherapist. I live in Boulder, Colorado, and I offer Online Therapy via Skype. This is a very convenient way of getting help for overcoming anxiety, or depression or any other emotional problems that you may be experiencing.
Now, how to overcome anxiety? This is a challenge for many people. The number of people suffering from anxiety is very large indeed, so you are not alone if you are experiencing anxiety and if you are seeking help to overcome your anxiety. You can learn a great deal about how to work with anxiety and how to overcome anxiety and panic attacks by visiting my website - the link is below.
The thing that I would like to explain to you today is how we can use mindfulness, Mindfulness Therapy, for overcoming anxiety. Mindfulness Therapy is my specialty, and is what I write about in my book, 'The Path of Mindfulness Meditation', and it is a very, very effective way of working with anxiety disorders of all kinds.
The major issue that people experience when they are suffering from anxiety is this habitual tendency to become identified with thoughts and emotions. Thoughts and emotions arise due to conditions, it's just part of our conditioning, and anxiety thoughts and anxiety emotions are no different. We learn these particular patterns of responding, reacting, to situations whether externally or to stimuli coming internally in the form of thoughts and memories.
Now, just because a thought or memory arise in the mind does not mean that we have to become anxious. that is the result of this process of identification, where we literally become the thought or emotion or memory that arises. Now, a large part of Mindfulness Therapy is learning how to break this habit of becoming, this habit of reactive identification with thoughts and emotions. Because, if you can stop the process of becoming identified with the contents of your mind, then you stop feeding the anxiety reactivity itself. And, if you don't feed the anxiety, it will begin to change, also by itself. The main problem is reactivity, and mindfulness is perhaps the most skillful therapeutic method there is for learning how to break this cycle of reactivity, by developing awareness and by developing compassion. Compassion, of course, is the greatest healing force for mental suffering.
So, if you would like to learn more about Mindfulness Therapy, which I offer Online via Skype, please visit my website and CONTACT ME! Thank you!
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"Mindfulness Therapy is a very gentle yet powerful way of transforming and healing emotional suffering. It teaches you how to be with your emotions without becoming overwhelmed by them. This is essential for effective change."
"Mindfulness Therapy is very effective for anxiety and panic attacks, depression and trauma recovery - by changing the underlying process of reactive thinking and resolving the underlying emotions that power negative thinking." - Peter Strong
What is Mindfulness?
What is mindfulness and why are so many psychotherapists and counselors now incorporating mindfulness into their therapy practices? There is no doubt that mindfulness has become a buzz word that is attracting considerable interest, especially after the tremendous success of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and others (http://www.youtube.com/channel/HCRj1DL01onHA). Such mindfulness-based programs have now become the method of choice for effective stress management and are having a major effect on how we approach psychotherapy and the management of anxiety and depression. Of course, mindfulness was central to the Buddha’s path of enlightenment and awakening, so the practice of mindfulness has been around for a very long time. Today we are gaining a new appreciation of the remarkable place that mindfulness has in our own lives as a tool for healing the mental afflictions that assail us and the conflict and violence endemic in our world. Now, more than ever, people from around the world are re-investigating this ancient state of consciousness that has remained central to Buddhist Psychotherapy.
Mindfulness itself is a remarkably simple form of deliberate, focused awareness, and this is perhaps the most common understanding of what mindfulness is. It is learning to see what we usually take for granted, and in particular, to see our habitual thought reactions and emotional reactions as they arise. Mindfulness begins when we develop the quality called vigilance, watchfulness and acuity of perception. We are creatures of habit, and it is our habits, which operate outside of our conscious awareness, that create most of our suffering and unskillful behaviors.
But, mindfulness is much richer that simple attention. Paying attention and staying aware is the beginning of mindfulness, but only the beginning. It is important to appreciate that mindfulness is multi-dimensional and incorporates many different qualities of conscious awareness, which I will attempt to outline below. The working definition that I like, to describe mindfulness (called sati in Pali, the ancient language of the Buddhist texts) is non-reactive awareness. This means that we are able to be consciously aware of something, an object, a thought, an emotion, a memory without reacting to the object we see with further thinking or emotional reactivity or behavior.
We learn to see a thought as just a thought; an emotion as just an emotion; a person as just a person, without labeling, judging, classifying, analyzing or becoming lost in any secondary thinking, without reacting to the object. We simply hold the object (internal or external) in our awareness, and mindfulness practice feels very much like a mother holding her sleeping baby in her arms; there is that sense of complete attention to reality as it is without becoming lost in thinking, emotional or reactive behavior.
Mindfulness is often described as acute observation; becoming the observer, rather like a scientist observes with a degree of detachment the object of his or her study. Certainly, this quality of attention to detail and not staying stuck in our subjective reactions to things is a vital component of mindfulness, but it would be wrong to reduce mindfulness to the clinical form of observation that is a common (and wrong) view of scientific observation. Mindfulness practice does not involve clipboards and white lab coats! Rather, there is the sense of really tuning in to whatever you are focusing on, of valuing the object of your attention, rather like the mother, again, who is present with her baby in a very much more human and engaged way that could not be adequately described by terms like "objective attention" and "scientific observation." Mindfulness is much more alive, dynamic and responsive than this. For this reason, I coined the term engaged-presence to add to our growing understanding of what mindfulness is. But, there is more! As we become less reactive, we become more present for our thoughts and emotions; or for external experiences and for people too.
The more present we are, the more we see and experience whatever we are looking at. We come to not just see the object, but to care for what we see, quite naturally as a product of seeing more deeply into the reality (the truth) of what is there. As mindfulness evolves, we become more connected with what we see, and out of this greater sense of connection, we become more positive and compassionate toward what we see. This sense of positive connection is described by the term metta, loving-kindness, friendliness; a sense of "I care about this object that I am experiencing." Out of this property of mindfulness compassion flows quite naturally. The simple analogy here is that it is easy to kill someone who you have never met and labelled 'enemy' but very difficult in deed to kill someone who you know in-depth.
So, mindfulness encompasses vigilance, non-reactivity, engaged-presence and friendliness. That's a good place to start on the path of cultivating our understanding of what mindfulness really is, and the deeper the understanding, the more powerful mindfulness will be in transforming the quality of our life.
You might like to watch videos of Ekhart Tolle who talks in a very engaging way about mindfulness and the power of living in the present: http://www.youtube.com/user/EckhartTeachings. I also recommend the teachings by Tara Brach (http://www.youtube.com/user/tarabrach).
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Read this blog posted on the tintbuddha website by a previous client of mine who sought help for anxiety through Online Mindfulness Therapy with me: http://tinybuddha.com/blog/let-it-be-using-mindfulness-to-overcome-anxiety-depression/
Mindfulness Therapy is a form of Cognitive Therapy that employs the ancient awareness skill called mindfulness originally taught by the Buddha, 2600 years ago. Those teachings are just as relevant today as they were back then. It is recognized that the central problem that keeps us suffering with anxiety, depression and stress is blind habitual reactivity. We are besieged with negative thoughts and emotions that repeat over and over again like a broken record player. MT teaches us how to recognize these patterns of negative thinking and effectively stop them, not through willpower, which is seldom very effective, but through changing the way that we relate to our thoughts, emotions, memories and beliefs from a relationship based on reactivity to a relationship based on awareness and non-reactivity - mindfulness. Gradually, we train ourselves to become far less reactive and far more responsive. This is what leads to healing and transformation in our self and in our relationships as well, and this is the focus of this Online Counseling Service. The central theme in all mindfulness work is to learn how to establish a relationship with your emotions that is NOT reactive. You learn how to be with your feelings without becoming overwhelmed by them and without becoming lost in the story, the habitual reactive thinking that simply feeds the problem. This is called the Protective Function of mindfulness - it protects you from becoming a victim of your emotions. When you have established the right, non-reactive, relationship with your emotions, then you are creating the ideal conditions in which the emotion can heal itself. This is called the Transformational Function of mindfulness. During the whole process of developing more mindfulness you begin to break free from negative cognitive, behavioral and emotional habits and you gain more emotional and spiritual freedom. This is called the Liberating Function of mindfulness - you become more empowered and you begin to discover your True Self - the authentic you that is alive and passionate, full of intelligence and wisdom and, most importantly, compassion. Your happiness is directly related to how well-aligned you are with your True Self, and the happiness of your relationships with others and with the world flows naturally from this inner alignment. You become less reactive and more responsive in everything you do.
Applications of Mindfulness Therapy:
- Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an Excellent Choice for Healing Depression - by Developing a More Positive Self Identity.
- Mindfulness Therapy is an exceptionally effective Therapy for Anxiety and Treatment for Panic Attacks - by preventing catastrophic thinking and emotional contraction in the mind.
- Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is One of the most popular methods for Stress Management and for the Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress - by neutralizing Habitual Negative Thinking.
- Mindfulness Therapy (MT) is very effective for Anger Management by reducing our tendency to become blindly identified with our beliefs.
- Mindfulness Therapy has been shown to be very effective for Overcoming Sleep Anxiety & Insomnia - by reducing the agitated thinking & worrying of the racing mind.
- Mindfulness Therapy is very effective for Healing Emotional Trauma and for recovery from emotional abuse - by cultivating love & acceptance toward our inner pain.
- As a Spiritual Path, Mindfulness Therapy helps us develop our True Self that lies within, but is kept prisoner by our habitual reactivity (the "Little Self"). Mindfulness practice teaches us how to be more alive, more authentic, more passionate in everything that we do and this brings greater happiness and well-being.
Evidence for the Effectiveness of Mindfulness Therapy
The interest in the application of mindfulness for treating anxiety and depression and stress has grown exponentially over the last 10 years. One good site for regular updates on the latest research studies on the effectiveness of mindfulness is The Mindfulness Research Guide.
The Importance of Acceptance in Mindfulness Therapy
Acceptance of our inner emotional pain is an important, actually, essential requirement for transformation and healing. Resistance and Aversion are our greatest enemies along with Avoidance, or not being willing to face our difficult emotions. However, it is important that we understand what acceptance is, because blind acceptance is simply another subtle way of not facing our emotions. Blind acceptance is another form of mental reactivity, and like all forms of habitual reactivity, it simply feeds the problem and inhibits the change process required for healing to occur. There are two forms of acceptance: Static Acceptance and Dynamic Acceptance. The first kind is reactive and related to resignation and apathy, believing that nothing can change so I better get used to the fact. This is based on the most basic form of mental reactivity which is Identification. We take the emotional pain as solid and unchanging and we identify with it as an absolute object, not realizing that an emotion, a traumatic memory, a fear or anxiety is never absolute, but actually a relative and superficial representation of a changing process. It is destined to change and resolve itself, but our identification reaction actually prevents the emotion from changing and healing. Mindfulness is a form of Dynamic Acceptance and helps us align with the ultimate reality of an emotion, like any other mental object, which is that it is a dynamic process and is destined to change and heal - if we allow it the space in which to change and heal. This is what we cultivate during Mindfulness Therapy.
Overcoming Negative Patterns of Emotional Reactivity
As the saying goes, it is what you don't see that controls you. This refers to those habitual patterns of negative self-talk and emotional reactions that operate automatically, out of our control. We simply don't see what is going on. We become victims of our reactive habits - and this is what we seek to change through the well-tested methods of Mindfulness Therapy, which is what I teach during Online Counseling sessions. The first step to stopping these habitual negative reactions is to become aware of them, to awaken to them, which is what mindfulness training is all about. The simple fact is that the more aware you become of your habitual impulses the more chance you have to change things. Awareness puts you back in control, something that can never happen as long as you remain blind to what is going on. Knowledge is power: The more you see of your patterns of mental reactivity the less power they will have over you.The second step that we teach during mindfulness counseling online is to cultivate a stable and positive relationship toward the underlying emotions that power the reactive habits and beliefs. Our habit is to ignore our suffering or even repress it, but this only reinforces the habit and allows it to grow stronger. Ignorance is not an answer. Similarly, resistance or fighting our painful negative emotions and trying to make them go away is equally ineffective. Aversion is more likely to make our suffering worse and make the underlying emotions stronger. Ignorance and resistance simply feed the emotions, like throwing wood on a fire. In fact, any form of reactivity makes things worse. The general principle here is that reactivity inhibits healing and the resolution of emotional suffering. Mindfulness, which by definition is the exact opposite of reactivity - non-reactive awareness - naturally promotes healing and resolution, and this is what we cultivate during Mindfulness Therapy. The third step of Mindfulness Therapy is called the Resolution Phase, and this results from cultivating the right kind of relationship, based on openness, acceptance and friendliness with our anxiety, traumatic memory, stress or other painful emotions. When you get this relationship right, which is what we teach during Mindfulness Therapy, then the painful emotion will begin a process of spontaneous transformation that leads to its resolution.
Best Mindfulness Therapists for Anxiety and Depression
My name is Peter Strong and I provide online mindfulness therapy for treating anxiety, for treating generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, excessive worrying, social anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, and many other anxiety disorders.
The mindfulness approach is immensely effective for helping you break the habits of identification with thoughts and with emotions. All anxiety is produced by reactive psychological processes that fuel the emotion of anxiety itself. So reactive thinking will fuel the anxiety, or other forms of emotional reactivity will also fuel the anxiety. Reactive behaviors such as addiction can also fuel anxiety.
So, the key here is that anxiety is fueled by habitual processes of which we are not conscious and the purpose of mindfulness training is to make them conscious, because when you make a habit conscious you basically neutralize that habit, you can neutralize the reactive thinking the feeds the and anxiety or panic attacks. And that's the first part of mindfulness therapy, is learning how to neutralize these psychological habits that feeds the anxiety.
When you do that then the anxiety will continue its own natural process of healing, of resolution, and you can also help in resolving itself and basically changing and transforming itself, also by establishing a mindfulness relationship with the anxiety emotion itself.
We do this through mindfulness meditation on our emotions. In that way we can actually help the emotions heal and change. If you would like to learn more about working with me as an online mindfulness therapist, do please go to my website and then email me. Let's schedule a trial mindfulness therapy session over Skype. Then you can see for yourself the immense power of using mindfulness for treating anxiety and also depression. Thank you.
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Peter Strong, PhD is a Professional Psychotherapist, Online Therapist, Spiritual Teacher and Author, based in Boulder, Colorado. Peter developed a system of psychotherapy called Mindfulness Therapy for healing the root cause of Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Depression, Traumatic Stress and Emotional Suffering.
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