|Art work by Claudia Tremblay|
"People with panic disorder have sudden and repeated attacks of fear that last for several minutes. Sometimes symptoms may last longer. These are called panic attacks. Panic attacks are characterized by a fear of disaster or of losing control even when there is no real danger. A person may also have a strong physical reaction during a panic attack. It may feel like having a heart attack. Panic attacks can occur at any time, and many people with panic disorder worry about and dread the possibility of having another attack.
A person with panic disorder may become discouraged and feel ashamed because he or she cannot carry out normal routines like going to the grocery store or driving. Having panic disorder can also interfere with school or work."
Luckily, I am not on medication, nor do I require any. Sure, it would be easier, but considering the fact that I have lived with this since I was 8 years old, it's suffice to say that I have it under control. I have learned coping mechanisms.. and today, I'm going to share those with you.
I became interested in meditation in high school. After reading a few books at the age of 13 on Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder, I figured out quickly that it was all about finding balance and calming the mind. As I got a little older, and the weird 1970's "meditation" books about transcendental meditation were replaced with meditation for the every day "stressed out person" in the 80s, I was able to get a better grasp on what it could do for me. By the time I was in college, I bought a meditation pillow, some yoga videos, and began this quest to calm the mind.
Then life happened. I walked away from it all.
Then I picked it up again. Only to walk away from it all.
I want to go back there. I want to find that inner sanctuary and get a good handle on everything. I have removed what needed to be removed. I have simplified. I have a good support system. I'm situated to be successful in the process.
And boy oh boy, is it a process.
I want to share with you some of the things I find useful and helpful. Again, I am a flawed individual with tons of stressors and outside influences, but I try... and that's all you have to do to become successful at this. Think of it as a little cognitive behavior therapy. ;-)
|This was the biggest lesson I learned in 2012. I read so many of Lao Tzu's writings, and realized that people have inner wars they are battling and sometimes they spill out and onto others. It is our responsibility to remain calm in the storm.|
|The Chakras. Oh I often joke about my Chakras being out of balance.. but you know, there is some truth to all of this. In Hindu metaphysical and tantric/yogic traditions and other belief systems chakras are points or knots, in the human body. They are located at the physical counterparts of the major plexuses of arteries, veins and nerves. Various scriptural texts and teachings present a different numbers of chakras. There are many chakras in the subtle human body according to the tantric texts, but there are 7 chakras which are considered to be the most important ones. The 7 Chakras are the energy centers in our body in which energy flows through. Blocked energy in our 7 Chakras can often lead to illness so it's important to understand what each Chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely. To learn more, click HERE.|
|Now I mentioned that I am Catholic, and I wanted to find an easy to read diagram of what that means. Unfortunately, this is not so easy to read, but the pin on my board is. You can find it HERE , If you have always wondered what all it means to be a Catholic... here you go. It keeps me grounded. Luckily, the new Pope is helping lead some much needed change in the Church and I am proud, once again, to be Catholic.|
|Another big part of calming my mind is through meditation. There are a bazillion different forms. Do your research and figure out what would work best for you.|
|Good stuff. The Dalai Lama is brilliant. Pick up some of his books, you won't be disappointed.|
|I often tell this to friends when they are upset. I try to remember this when I am upset. When I was going through my divorce, people were shocked to find that after everything that happened, that I remained friends with my ex. This is why.|