Originally Posted by ZONA
No that wasn't long. No problem. When I was really digging in and trying to learn as much about "anxiety" as I could, of course I came across all different methods of dealing with it. Some of them share many principals but some have some different aspects altogether. For example, the Lindon Method is all about understanding ALL of the different ways anxiety manifests itself and so you learn to identity all the various ways. But he also is heavy on diversion. He explains all the sensations but then when you feel them, he's heavy on diverting attention to something else. Where I've seen others say embrace that feeling and listen to it and, as best you can, accept it and try to feel what's going on. That's a far stretch from just trying to divert your attention. It seems there are really 2 basic forms of dealing with it. One is the diversion where you don't want to acknowledge it and just try to move on while the other is to dig deeper trying to get a better understanding as to why it's happening.
But I really dig that part where you mention that thoughts themselves can be a sensation. Do you recommend any material on this Vipassana meditation?
I'm thinking the Buddhist approach would align with embracing, but without necessarily digging in. It's more passive, acknowledging that what is, is. The why isn't necessarily important, unless it presents itself. Which, if you hang out long enough, it does. What did you find worked best for you? Never heard of the Lindon Method, but I like the idea of diversion: Runaway!
Here is a good point of departure for researching Vipassana: http://www.dhamma.org/
Research and practice are two different things. Really, the only way to understand it is to do it. I'd suggest doing one of the retreats (you can find a list of them at the site). The ten day retreats are intense, at least for the first few days, but you come out CLEAR. There are some shorter ones, too.