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So as those of you who have been around a while know I was diagnosed thirteen years ago with paranoid schizophrenia after a particularly heavy drug binge. I regularly see a psychiatrist and a community mental health nurse as part of my treatment though I have been doing so well I only see the psychiatrist every six months.
I had a couple of good meditation sessions today including a particularly good session of metta meditation. I came and sat down at the computer today to surf for a while when an overwhelming feeling of fear came over me. Thinking of the Buddha's example of when he was assailed by the forces of Mara on the night of his enlightement I decided rather than to medicate, I'd meditate instead.
I lay on my bed in the reclining Buddha pose, mindfully breathed and gently labelled the experience fear, fear. I did this for around thirty five minutes knowing it was a conditioned phenomenon and would pass. It worked as I lay there it slowly began to dissipate and passed. I can still feel it lingering at the edges of my conciousness but its easily bearable.
One up for Buddhism and a minor saving on the NHS drug bill as I didn't have to use any of my emergency meds.
Just wondering about other peoples experiences of sitting with difficult emotions?