Non-Attached Observance in Meditation and how to reduce anxiety.
Do you know how to reduce anxiety through meditation? Did you know awareness is a key part of meditation? In the act of meditation, the practitioner steps into a state of non-attached observance. This means that whatever the object of the person’s focus is, they simply watch it and let it be what it is, instead of trying to categorize, judge, or be affected by it.
For example, let’s take the constant stream of thoughts and commotion that is becoming more common in our minds today. This is what a person practicing meditation would do:
- He or She would simply observe the activity by watching the thoughts come and go
An example of this would be anything from thinking about yesterday and how that SOB cut them off on their way to work, or the guy/ girl that they think is cute that hasn’t noticed them, or how ridiculous sitting down and watching thoughts seems to be in the first place! Good! Now we are getting somewhere!
Although this happens constantly to most people, how often are they aware of it?
- Once this realization has come, the next step is the non-attached part… and this is where practice becomes so important.
Mindfulness training allows for a space and time to step back from the constant waves of the mind and to focus the awareness elsewhere. The object of focus could be the breath, the heart, hearing, vision, visualization, or simply watching the thoughts and emotions come and go. In fact, it could be just about anything if the focus is there. But since we have talked so much about thoughts, let’s stick to those. Watching the thoughts come and go can be a very liberating practice, because along the way three things usually occur.
- The practitioner usually realizes that there are a lot of thoughts that stimulate other thoughts that stimulate other thoughts, of which they triggered none. This allows the person to simply watch them as if someone else is thinking, giving the person some space and freedom from whatever worrying, annoying, stressful, painful, or any emotionally charged thoughts come up.
- With continued practice, the person experiences gaps in the stream of thoughts where a place of stillness and silence pervades. At first it may be unfamiliar and therefore a little strange, but with time, it becomes a very peaceful place to be. Just think ofhaving your own little sanctuary right behind your thoughts! Sounds good to me.
- The realization that these things happen right here and now. What is the purpose of focus if not to take you out of yesterday or tomorrow and to bring you into the present moment? When is the only time that you can do anything in life? When do you workout, spend time with your kids, and work on your project? Right now! And the more someone realizes this, the more they can become present and learn to enjoy living life in the moment.
To learn some tips that you can apply to your meditation practice, check out our blog series on happiness and meditation.. If you are still trying to find a practice that resonates with you, check out our Consciously Meditating Program where we cover several different types of meditation. No matter what you do, take action. Begin meditating… it has the power to change your life for the better!