Question: I am currently on medication for anxiety and was told to
meditate for 5 mins. a day because I have what some call separation
from reality where nothing is real to me. I have been sitting in
the Hatha yoga position and repeating to myself "back to reality" for
5 mins. Is there another word that I can use or what exactly am I
supposed to do? I have gone through the program at the Midwest
Center for Anxiety and Depression twice and this feeling has not gone
away. They sent me a 21 day program to follow and one of the things
to do was to meditate but they didn't tell me how to do it.
Any help you can give me would be appreciated.
Answer: As a mental health professional (Psych RN), I must suggest
that you follow your physician's directions, including taking your
medications as you have been instructed to. As far as meditation, the
words aren't as important as the intent. The words "back to
reality" are fine if they have a great significance for you, and I
feel they are probably exactly right for what you hope to achieve.
The usual suggestion for meditation is two 20 minute sessions a day.
Also, you may find some benefit by remembering this fine
message "back to reality" several times during the day. It may help
re-place and anchor you in "reality". For very easy to follow
directions on how to do many different meditations, I suggest you
check out our web site, Meditation Station
I'm also going to post your email, without using your name, on our
where over 100 meditators from around the world will see it and
perhaps they will offer other suggestions. I wish you well.
Peace and blessings,
Bob Rose, President,
Meditation Society of America