I've been struggling with OCD-like symptoms and other anxiety for a long time, and I really want to practice meditation so that I can sit with my uncomfortable feelings and not act on them. However, every time I try to meditate, I end up getting so stressed out! I feel like there are so many ways to meditate, and I get so overwhelmed by what to do that I end up getting a headache and not feeling relaxed at all. Do you have any tips for the best meditation practice, especially for OCD?
Meditation is an incredibly useful support for health and for being more effective at work or school and for improving our ability to communicate and have healthier relationships with other people, and a whole bunch of other reasons.
But I do recommend to people that they don’t meditate as a reaction to OCD. In general, it’s going to help you tremendously with recovery if you begin to do things creatively instead of reactively. So meditate to be healthier instead of meditating to tackle some OCD-related issue. That would be my first meditation tip.
My second tip would be to congratulate yourself on trying! It sounds like you’re doing great. There’s a popular perception that meditation is all about a blissfully calm mind coasting across clear blue meadows under a starry sky while birds sing and yogis chant Ohmmmmmmmm. It’s not.
Meditation is all about trying. There are all sorts of zen quotes about how the meditator who just closes their eyes and is able to instantly meditate for hours, will never gain as much insight as the meditator that
People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.
A further sign of health is that we don’t become undone by fear and trembling, but we take it as a message that it’s time to stop struggling and look directly at what’s threatening us.
To be a happy person, one has to drop all comparison. Drop all these stupid ideas of being superior and inferior. You are neither superior nor inferior. You are simply yourself! There exists no one like you, no one with whom you can be compared. Then, suddenly, you are at home.