Acupuncture points and meditation for anxiety
Here are a few ways to balance the urinary bladder meridian; finding stillness, one of the things I encourage you to do if you are watching these videos is to, I mean, everything’s a metaphor and everything’s an archetype and the elements are archetypes, but they are bigger overarching themes and energies that relate to our lives. If you think about water, which I deeply encourage you to do, think about what water is like when it’s in chaos, when it’s depleted and when it seems as though it’s at peace. So what is that feeling that you would get in reciprocation with that if you were in that environment and if you were in a huge storm with a tornado or you’re out in the middle of the ocean and the waves were just crashing in on you, that’d be super stressful. You would be genuinely afraid for your life. If there’s no water, that’s also very fearful because we need water to live and survive and if you think about just sitting at the lake on a really nice day and it’s calm and it’s cool, and that evokes a totally different sense of peace or just enjoyment or reflection or contemplation and that’s what we want to find when we want to balance the meridians or the elements. So finding stillness is huge for water.
Now if you are, just so I can be responsible here, this is not medical advice. If you feel like you cannot sit still without having an anxiety attack or a panic attack, please go get help, go get medication if you need it, whatever you need to do, you have to be honest with yourself about and equally as much please be honest with yourself if you have tried meditate or you want to meditate, but you don’t think you can because your mind will not stop.
I hear this all the time, all the time with people who that’s like the thing that they need the most is just to sit still and to just sort of feel into these feelings and they don’t do it because it’s really hard to do. It’s really hard to do if it’s an unpracticed skill and it’s really hard to do if you experience anxiety in the stillness of your own thoughts. But it’s hard for everyone, like everyone. Somebody said to me one time, there’s a reason why the Dalai Lama still meditates after however many years, however old he is and I was like, oh right, it really truly is a practice and it gets better over time, but you’re not going to meditate one time and just have calmed down your monkey brain. You’re just not, that’s just not the way it works, but over time the volume on your monkey brain will go down. I promise you if you actually commit to it, that will happen a hundred percent.
Part of this sitting in stillness is learning how to kind of calm the storm. So it’s sitting with that experience of anxiety as it arises for you and also relating to it in a way that it is not you. We all experience anxiety. It’s a very normal response to feeling threatened and we’ve all felt threatened at some points in our lives. But when your nervous system is kind of stuck in that perpetual wave of anxiety arising because of probably certain life experiences and whatnot, what’s important to you is to regulate the system. So when we are in an experience that is anxiety-provoking for us, first of all, if we say I’m anxious, I’m anxious, I’m anxious that identification. Well, just think about that identification. If you are identifying as something that you’re resisting, there’s a certain feel to that kind of makes you feel maybe like you’re broken or you need to fix yourself or there’s something seriously wrong with you and it doesn’t mean that there isn’t something to take a look at. I’m not trying to minimize this in any way, shape or form, but watching our language and using the language of oh, anxiety is arising because anxiety just like every other emotion is just a wave. It comes in and it passes through. It comes in and it passes through. It comes in and it passes through. So remembering and speaking about your experience, that way is incredibly important.
The other thing when we sit with those waves, well, sorry, when we don’t like, so say you’re in a situation where there’s anxiety that gets provoked. If you leave the situation immediately to stop those feelings of anxiety, unless there’s a real, authentic threat obviously if you leave that situation, your whole system says to itself good job, do that again, you survived, look at you and it rewards you essentially. What that does is it creates a smaller and smaller zone of resiliency for you to be able to handle situations like that.
So sitting, allowing the anxiety to arise, or even being in a situation, allowing things to arise saying, oh, I’m noticing anxiety arising and being with it is one of the best gifts you can give to yourself when you have anxiety. Again, you have to be really honest with yourself. I’m not telling you to go into panic by any means. You have to moderate yourself, obviously, but when you sit and those anxious feelings arise, your nervous system kick up, it’ll go into probably in this case, like a hyper arousal. If you can breathe, because we know there’s so much science on breathing and how it affects the nervous system and particularly certain breathing techniques will help us get into the parasympathetic nervous system, which is where we want to go to calm ourselves and our system down.