Why Meditate? …. Watching Anxiety with Awareness

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If you notice that you have become anxious—when you are about to miss a plane, for instance—try to simply be fully aware of your anxiety.
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As you continue to do this, you will soon notice that your anxiety begins to be less oppressive and then gradually fades away.
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Why?
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Before you apply mindfulness, anxiety is the main component of your mind, filling its entire landscape.
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As you become aware of it, you experience both anxiety and the awareness of it.
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The part of your mind that is aware of anxiety is not anxious—it is just aware.
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Anxiety is now just one aspect of your mental landscape.
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As your awareness becomes more and more pervasive, anxiety loses its intensity and its grip on your mind.
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Eventually it vanishes.
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If every time a powerful emotion arises you learn to deal with it intelligently, not only will you master the art of liberating emotions at the moment they appear, but you will also erode the very tendencies that cause the emotions to arise.
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In this way, your character traits and your way of being will gradually be transformed.
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