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My short story with anxiety problems - could meditation be the cause?

Pleased to meet you Robert. It is very difficult to answer your question precisely however it is certainly likely/probable that practicing the meditation & the accompanying mental solitude is ...
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More self control - Beginners

One starts by seeing with insight how the old habits are disadvantageous, unsatisfactory (incapable of bring lasting hapiness), dangerous, harmful &/or promote suffering. One starts by seeing ...
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Reasons against practicing insight meditation as a main (sitting) practice for medical or other recondite-subject majoring students?

I did my first longer vipassana retreat while I was a postdoc researcher (applied math and numerics), and did many more since then. I found it beneficial to have days/weeks dedicated for intense ...
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Retaining courage during mediation

The fear is instinctual (due to the ego fading/dissolving/melting somewhat). This instinctual fear can only be endured with composure & with the full acknowledgment it will pass. After the mind ...
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Can't meditate anymore

It's not a problem. It's the human mind. Meditation is not meant to stop thought. It's meant to help you notice "what is". You have noticed how busy and restless your mind is. That is good. As you get ...
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Is there a 'dead zone' in meditation effort?

Yes, it has been pointed out in texts: During the K'ai Yuan era (713-741) an ascetic Mazu was dwelling in the Ch'uan Fa Temple. All day he sat meditating. Zen Master Huairang knew that he was a ...
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Which of the five hindrance does 'comparison' fall in?

Specifically "comparison" sounds to me like (i.e. it reminds me of the doctrine about) one of the 'fetters', i.e. "conceit" -- see this answer -- then see also this Wikipedia. I ...
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Why is mentally reproducing music so hard to control? How can it be counteracted?

Sounds are processed in the temporal lobes, which have a very strong connection with the limbic system (the one that processes, among others, memory and emotion). Just to have an idea about how strong ...
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During meditation how do I focus

To focus, you remember to keep the mind on the meditation object (breathing) &, when the mind strays, just bring it back to the object. When the mind strays, it is not "you" that is ...
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What is the logic behind visualization meditation

It depends on the system. In the sutra system, there are analytical meditations involving visualizing the form of the body of the Buddha, for instance. You do this in order to achieve calm abiding on ...
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More self control - Beginners

The short answer is BE WISE. BE PURE IN DEED, SPEECH AND THOUGHT. The wise are controlled in deed, they are controlled in speech, they are controlled in thought. Only if you could stay heedful, would ...
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My short story with anxiety problems - could meditation be the cause?

I must say that I had a similar experience at one point of my meditation/mindfulness development. Personally, meditation opens my mind and makes me more aware of feelings and thoughts. The awareness ...
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Can't meditate anymore

Distraction could be due to Restless Worry which is one of the Hindrances. This is due to unwise attention: There is unrest of mind; frequently giving unwise attention to it — that is the nourishment ...
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Need help understanding the meaning of this

Refer to: The Five Mental Hindrances and Their Conquest Six things are conducive to the abandonment of sensual desire: 1. Learning how to meditate on impure objects; 2. Devoting oneself ...
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Formal Meditation Laziness

If you don't have a pull factor (natural inclination), then you need a push factor. These are the two factors of motivation. Suppose your doctor tells you that you have early stage of lung cancer. He ...
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Best meditation techniques (mindfulness,vipassana,yoga,zazen,TM,etc) to beat behavioral addictions (food,sex,porn,gambling,internet,videogames,etc)?

OP: For a layman who wants to overcome behavioral addictions, ... which meditation techniques are the most recommendable? Please see this answer about a video talk by Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu on ...
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Sensory Pleasure as a Hindrance on the Path

The mind is an organ of habits and reactions. Those habits and reactions appear after sense contact, and it is based on the before learnt patterns of the mind. In turn, those patterns become ingrained ...
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How to be meditative and involved at work?

This is why the book Flow needs to be burned. I'm going to let you in on a little secret - those periods where you are mindful and engaged? You are actually moving faster than you think. Possibly ...
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Mindfulness is interfering with my subconscious and automatic activities and slowing me down in my daily life. What to do?

"It’s important to note that mindfulness doesn’t mean being fully present in the present moment. It means keeping something in mind. Right mindfulness means keeping in mind lessons from the past —...
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Mindfullness or Self Consciousness (Introvert's Struggle)

It is not clear if you are doing some formal practice; if you do it regularly, you are likely to see the conditions more clear and learn to deal with them. The best is to do a retreat. In the usual ...
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Should I consider multitasking while listening to audiobooks? Is it a danger to mindfulness?

In my experience, though I'd hardly call myself a mindfulness expert, I don't feel audiobooks and the small level of multitasking they allow me to take on really negatively affect my mindfulness. I ...
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Reasons against practicing insight meditation as a main (sitting) practice for medical or other recondite-subject majoring students?

Insight meditation doesn't cause defilements. Insight meditation causes one to be able to see the defilements that have always been there. Real education consists in drawing the best out of ...
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Reasons against practicing insight meditation as a main (sitting) practice for medical or other recondite-subject majoring students?

Have you tried the instructions from this booklet? Seems very basic and simple, but it's actually not easy to do and quite profound. I wouldn't intellectualize about it too much (like reading studies ...
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Tiredness and Meditation

Wow, sounds like a good practice but nobody ever said it would be %100 easy. As long as I practice continuously I try to be mindful of my reactions to how the practice is going. The more mindfulness ...
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