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Managing Anxiety with Mindfulness For Dummies by Joelle Jane Marshall

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Chapter 5

Practising Deeper Mindfulness Meditations for Anxiety

In This Chapter

  • Discovering the body scan meditation
  • Practising a sitting meditation
  • Overcoming anxiety with mindful imagery

You may not be familiar with the concept of being in the present moment and being aware of yourself and your body in the present moment. In modern society and everyday living, you can all too easily become disconnected from yourself, tending to live in your head which is lost in thoughts, future plans and worries. This chapter is about reconnecting with yourself using your mind, body and breath.

I describe three different styles of meditation: one focused mainly on the body; another focused on increasing your whole awareness; and the third focused on increasing attention to your thoughts and emotions. All three styles of meditation overlap in the sense that they incorporate all the three elements, but getting to know a range of different techniques is helpful, as is discovering what you find easiest or most comfortable when practising mindfulness.

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Each meditation has different benefits for managing anxiety, but I suggest that you do them in the order I set them out in this chapter because they gently help increase your awareness step by step.

Introducing the Body Scan Meditation

Have you ever noticed a tendency to live in your head? Most people do on a day-to-day basis, without ever connecting ...

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