Guided Meditations for Stress, Anxiety and Depression

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Instructor 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.

Meditation Type: Guided Visualizations

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Re: thank you
David Procyshyn 1 year 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 1 year 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?

Re: Anxiety and Guided Meditations
David Procyshyn 1 year ago

It's great to hear that they are helping.

The meditations are designed to remove everything that your mind uses to distract yourself from feeling the stuff that hurts. And, in most cases, the anxiety is there because you have been pushing away the pain, sadness, grief and other painful feelings for a long time. It's not surprising that you don't like those feelings, but that is what is giving them power and longevity.

So, to answer your questions, 1) think about what makes you feel comfortable and safe with other people... the qualities you value in your friends. I bet that for you it's about being genuine. You desperately want that kind of connection with people. The people you love and who love you also want you to be real, to show them who you really are. Also, keep in mind that everyone else is living with their version of this stuff. No one is immune to it. And, the more you feel ok with the vulnerability of exposing your inner stuff and treat your pain with love and acceptance, the less grip it has on your life and the more you encourage others to do the same. 2) You can ask the people you share these thoughts with to just listen, rather than suggest fixes, if that's what you want. Never feel like your pain is too much for your friends and family to handle. Your job is to let go of the guilt that is associated with the burden that you see yourself putting on them.

Let me know if you have any other questions. This is a big topic and can feel like a long journey.... :-)

Take care,

David
DoYogaWithMe Founder

David, thank you for your
cjbass 1 year ago

David, thank you for your thoughtful reply. You hit it on the head when you talk about feeling like a burden and fearing that my pain is too much for others to handle (or too much to put up with, which is really how I feel about it). As with everything else on this journey, there are no easy answers — or at least, no easy way to carry out the answers. I keep reminding myself of what you say in the guided meditations: "Stop seeking solutions."

Thank you again for this wonderful series and the whole Do Yoga With Me website, which is truly great.

Any help since your last post.?
bukrey 8 months ago

I am only on week 2. Did you have any success in letting go of thoughts of being a burden ? How do you stay motivated to do meditation And class. Thanks

Being a burden
cjbass 8 months ago

Hi bukrey,

I have been working on all of these emotional and psychological challenges for a long time: feeling like a burden, feeling like I should be more productive, feeling like I spend too much time (and, perversely, also not enough time) on self-care, etc. They all stem from my deep feelings of inadequacy — of being "not good enough." Yoga and meditation are two of the practices that help. So are psychotherapy, getting outside (preferably into the woods), opening up to family and friends about what I'm feeling, talking kindly to myself, talking back to my inner critic, and trying to reframe my thinking in positive ways.

So to answer your first question: yes, I have been able to reduce the feeling of being a burden. Not eliminate it — at least not yet — but reduce it. The meditations for stress, anxiety, and depression were just one tool in that partial success. All of it is a work in progress! As for motivation: when I decided to start this class, I made a commitment to myself that I would see it through. So I made it a priority in my day and made sure I had enough time to practice every day. And I tried not to expect big changes.

A practice that I started about five months ago and have found very helpful: I keep a daily journal of a) things I'm grateful for, and b) daily successes. I try to do the gratitude part in the morning, to make sure I do it and because it's a good way to start the day. I write the successes later. Successes can be very small, such as not getting upset about something that used to upset me. I have been working on seeing partial progress as success rather than failure (glass half full), and this practice helps a lot with that, because it forces me to think concretely about what went well each day. Sometimes I can't come up with much more than "I am committed to this practice." But that's a lot!

I hope this is helpful, and I hope this class is helpful as well.

Namaste,
Carole

David, I am doing this as
deborahcb 1 year ago

David, I am doing this as part of your 21-day series and I'm so grateful to you for putting this in a package that gives me a clearer head with intentions to let go of the stress and anxiety I feel on a regular basis. I am carrying these meditations with me through the day, reminding myself to let go of my negative thoughts. Thank you for this journey and for helping me cultivate peace in my life.

Big smiles
David Procyshyn 1 year ago

Yes! That’s fantastic!

You put a big smile on my face thinking about you letting go of the things that are causing stress in your life. I’m so happy for you.

Stay in touch with your progress, if you like.

Take care,

David

These are some of the best
sbynum 1 year ago

These are some of the best meditations I've ever done. I have not felt this relaxed and centered in 6-7 years. I find myself feeling almost hypnotized by the relief I feel during the meditations. Thank you, David and all at DYWM for bringing relief to my life everyday. I enjoy the authenticity in the yoga and meditation programs so much.

Re: meditations for anxiety
David Procyshyn 1 year ago

Thank you so much! It makes me really happy knowing that you're benefiting.

All the best,

David