Guided Meditations for Stress, Anxiety and Depression

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3
Meditation Type: 
Guided Visualizations
Teacher: 
David Procyshyn
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This series of guided meditations will move you gradually through a process of turning off everything that is creating the way that you feel, then helping you induce deep relaxation, release and inner peace in order to promote profound inner change. This meditation album is a key part of our 3-week program called Yoga for Chronic Stress, Anxiety and Depression.

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mega sea urchin 6 days ago

so i just started with the meditation for my anxiety problems. i tend to overthink things and i want to learn how to "turn my brain off" as my parents say. so, i noticed that in the meditation there were long pauses where there was no audio whatsoever. when the man in the audio told me not to think of anything, and then the audio went silent, my brain instantly started thinking again about why the long pauses were there, would the audio start again, is it paused, et cetera. is there anything i can do to stop thinking?
thank you :)

turning it off
branwine 3 days ago

That is why you call it practice. You will in time be able to stop your mind from wondering. Even the most experienced in meditation will still have a wondering mind. The long pauses are a good lesson in being kind to yourself and know that it is ok if your mind wonders. Just come back to your center. Keep practicing. It has improved my life for years. And remember be kind to your self. Our minds are a powerful thing. You will get it and when you do you will find that peace. it does not happen over night. Namaste and be well!

Well done!
Katea 5 days ago

You're taking the first steps to looking inward rather than finding comfort in external distractions, so firstly be proud of yourself that you're here! So many folk pacify their monkey mind through junk food, alcohol, television, social media, computer games, smoking, consuming stuff, which just adds to the clutter rather than add value to their life. It's all a form of self medication because we would rather do anything than be alone with our destructive thoughts. As David explains, it's baby steps to re train your brain, there is no quick fix here but building gentle layers which form a solid foundation through which you begin to trust yourself. You're being brave, you're showing up and you're certainly not on your own!

Re: feedback
David Procyshyn 6 days ago

Hi there.
Your question addresses one of the great mysteries of humanity! How do we stop our crazy monkey minds from driving us mad?!

Everyone feels the same. The mind seems to revel in being overactive. It feels like being busy is its default state, doesn't it?

There are two ways that you can approach this. One - and I know this seems counterintuitive - don't try to change it. If you don't like the fact that your brain is overactive and you want it to change, you are essentially fighting against it. Anytime you fight against what your mind is doing, you make it stronger. So, start by letting go of the need to control your thoughts. This can be really hard to do, but if you continue with it, you will notice that your thoughts will slow down and have less of an effect over you. The key is to have no expectations. Just watch, be present, let go of needing anything to be different and just let it be.

The other approach is directing your attention onto something. For example, during the periods of silence you can pay attention to how your breath feels going through your nostrils. Or feel sensations somewhere in your body.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Just started
Sweet Oranges 3 weeks ago

I have been suffering a lot from depression, so I wanted to try this out. I am on day 2 now. I have a question: is it normal to feel uncomfortable emptiness after the guided meditations? Because that's how I feel. I find myself kind of wanting to "get through" the meditation instead of just enjoying the process, even though my mind is focused on the meditation. :/

Re: Just started
David Procyshyn 2 weeks ago

Hi there.
Thank you for reaching out and sharing. I really appreciate that.
SmileMore is right, there is no normal, no expected way for any of us to feel. Yet, we all do have common ways that we feel each day, sensations or ways of being that are familiar to us. And it's not uncommon that when you sit to meditate, you feel uncomfortable emptiness. What is most important is that it doesn't actually matter what sensations you feel when you pay attention, it matters how you react to them. If you resist or push it away, it will persist and maybe even get stronger. If you feel it openly with judgment, it may feel like it's getting bigger or stronger at first, but it will slowly subside, depending how long it has been a part of your being.
That uncomfortable emptiness is one of your best teachers. It is a part of who you are and the best thing you can do is embrace it, feel it fully and listen. See what you can learn from it. The irony is that as you learn from it, it will shift into something slightly different. Over time, you may realize that the lesson is the fact that nothing remains still - you (and everyone around you) are always changing so there's no point getting attached to any of it.

What is “normal”?
SmileMore 3 weeks ago

Hello, MayoHime. I’m sorry you are struggling with depression. It can be difficult to cope with, but I’ve found that coming here, and sitting with myself and taking time to just breathe can help. In my opinion, there is no such thing as “normal” when it comes to meditation. What is normal for me, may not be normal for you. Give yourself the space to experience something new. Each breath is different from what has come before, and holds within it the promise of something new. Perhaps a quietness — which could come through as “emptiness”— may come over you. Let it be, knowing that you made your way here for a reason.

Awaken the Brain
SmileMore 5 months ago

Hi David. I want to thank you for providing these wonderful meditations to help guide us in finding a quiet place within each of us. I especially like the imagery of creating pathways and "deepening the groove". I have found this to be true: the more often I meditate, the easier it becomes to sink into that deep, restorative place. I'm reading How to Sit by Thich Nhat Hanh, and it perfectly complements your meditations. He says, "In our daily lives, our attention is dispersed. Our body is in one place, our breath is ignored, and our mind is wandering. As soon as we pay attention to our breath, as we breathe in, these three things — body, breath and mind — come together." Many thanks.

Re: thank you
David Procyshyn 3 months ago

You're welcome. I love your username, SmileMore! :-)

Thank you for the candid feedback. It made me smile more too!

Take care,

David

I am in week 2 of the three
cjbass 6 months ago

I am in week 2 of the three-week program and am finding it very helpful in allowing myself to be where I am and feel what I feel.

Currently, what I'm feeling is a lot of pain, sadness, and grief. That raises a couple of challenges as I try to let people see me as I really am: 1) my fear that those feelings will drive people away; and 2) the reality that others sometimes try to "fix" my problems (i.e., fix me) rather than meeting me where I am. Any thoughts on this?