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Hey,

I just stumbled on this forum and I am amazed by how many people are experiencing pretty much exactly what I am experiencing. I wish I would have known about this place sooner.

Anyway, on to the point. I would like to hear about other peoples experience with mindfulness. So if anyone is willing to share how mindfulness has or hasn't worked for them I would love to hear about it.

Personally, my therapist suggested Mindfulness as a way to deal with my SA and depression and at first I was very resistant as I am to most things it seems. But after learning about how it was an old Buddhist practice that kind of intrigued me more. Anyway, he encouraged me to buy a book "The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness" By Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, and Jon Kabat-Zinn.

I have to say, the idea behind mindfulness is a very attractive one to me. I have tried all sorts of different ways to grab hold of my negative emotions and feelings like anxiety and reason my way out of them or beat them into submission. Deep down I know that they aren't based in reality yet they still persist. The book definitely gives a lot of insight into how destructive this struggle to control emotions that you can't control is. I have never been really successful in my struggles with this beast they call SA. Mindfulness as I understand it is all about not trying to control these feelings and thoughts but instead realize that all they really are is thoughts and feelings. To me it is about going with the flow and allowing emotions instead of fighting them. Fighting the negative emotion just lends them more power, causes you to brood and dwell on the crap in your life.

Anyway, I have only made it to page 87 in the book so far(I know it's not that far). But the ideas presented so far have really resonated with me. I have been trying to practice what I have read and so far I really feel as though it has helped. I am feeling a lot less numb to everything and I am now actually starting to experience life. I feel less like I am on autopilot than I did before. I feel like my life isn't passing me by as much, and I am spending a lot less time dwelling on being anxious and depressed. But I still have some terrible anxiety. Hopefully as I get Mindfulness more ingrained into my life the anxiety will lessen even more. But so far I have say it has really benefited me. I have been on and off various medications but I don't feel like anything has helped as much as Mindfulness has.

So those are my limited experience so far. What about yours? If anything else has worked well for your guys I would like to hear about that too.
 

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pseudonymous, yeah, in the book it says that is pretty common. I feel like that a little bit too. Personally I haven't done much of the meditation as much as I tried to be more mindful with my thinking. I try to just focus on what is going on now.
 
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