The Dark Side of Mindfulness
For some people, meditation is a soothing place in their mind where all the stress of the moment simply fades into oblivion. They discover it relieves their depression, anxiety, fear and stress.
That is not my experience with mindfulness. In fact, practicing being mindful causes my anxiety to increase which in turn makes me feel fearful. Now that I’m fearful I start to feel the stress build. The harder I try to meditate on the moment the more frustrated I become as a non-stop flow of the words “concentrate,” “shhhh,” and “be present,” invade my mind. (more…)