Originally Posted by DRUGSAREnotGOOD
What's the point of meditation, particularly as far as SAS is concerned? So you try to let your thoughts float away and not focus on them. Essentially, keeping your mind clear. Wouldn't it be more constructive to actually think about your life? Or what's the point of keeping your mind clear for 20 minutes and not keep it clear all day?
I would say meditation is actually more about focusing the mind than clearing it. Many times anxiety in general comes from the mind trying to keep track of too many things at once, and taking 15-30 minutes just focusing on one thing - breathing, sounds, or a peaceful thought or mantra; whatever you may choose to meditate on – can really ground you and leave you with the feeling of clarity that people often refer to.
There are different methods to meditation, of course, and not all of them are of the sitting-still-for-20-minutes variety. Small handy crafts that keep you focused on the task, like knitting or origami, can do the same thing, and that actually helps some people who don't feel they can keep still for very long. Also you get the satisfaction of seeing the products of your work.
I recently started meditating more regularly, and while it's not a cure for anxiety, I find the feeling of focus that comes with it generally improves my mood, and that is very helpful. It doesn't last the entire day, but it helps me get through the next part of my day, and that's always a positive.
In the past I had attempted to meditate and easily got frustrated with it and gave up, but I think it was because I was trying to push the other thoughts out of my head, rather than focusing on one thing and letting those other thoughts pass through on their own.