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4 years ago  ::  Apr 02, 2010 - 11:31PM #1
Johnny
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 This thread is to share insights, thoughts resources on Spiritual Recovery for Social Anxiety problems, like Social Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, Shyness and Social Agoraphobia.


Feel free to post anything along these lines on this thread... 

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4 years ago  ::  Apr 02, 2010 - 11:38PM #2
Johnny
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OK, I'll start this off. Here is a great resource--


 


A 12 Step recovery program for overcoming social anxiety, it's called Social Anxiety Anonymous and they have a free ebook.


They also have telephone conference call and local (face-to-face) support groups (listed on the same website).

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4 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2010 - 1:38PM #3
appy20
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I have always thought that cognitive therapy is a lot like Buddhism.  Cognitive therapy teaches you to change your perspective and so does Buddhism.  A lot of mentally healthy ideas are Buddhists practices.  Also, meditation centers people and calms anxiety.  With practice, it can be a very effective tool for anxious or depressed people. 


Prayer is also helpful to many of us. It centers my mind, relieves the burden of emotion that surrounds a negative event and opens my mind to the possibility that something will get better.


My favorite prayer is one in which I toss my open palms to the sky.  That is my way of giving my burdens to God.  Whenever there is a painful situation that I cannot do anything about, I do that. I just give it to God.  Since, I can't solve the problem, I ignore it becuase it is His.  It is amazing how wallks that I can't begin to break down come tumbling down after I toss them up.  Even if they didn't, I would be free to dwell on more positive things or things that I can do something about.


I believe there is a place for spirituality in the recovery of mental health.  Not the exclusive means but one of many tools to help one become centered in life.

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4 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2010 - 7:38PM #4
Karma_yeshe_dorje
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My psychologist wanted me to socialise. So I joined a discussion group. Foot in mouth


Discussion group

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4 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2010 - 7:58PM #5
catboxer
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Hi Johnny.


My spiritual approach to dealing with anxiety is the two P's -- pranayama and peppermint.


Pranayama is breathing therapy and more -- the controlled breathing associated with yoga.


omnemmoverelapidem.blogspot.com/2009/03/...


Peppermint is one of the most beneficial of nature's herbs, a powerful and natural remedy for the treatment of anxiety, but underused and not appreciated in most of the earth. However, it appears as the constant drink of many peoples throughout the Middle East.   


omnemmoverelapidem.blogspot.com/2010/04/...


I find they both work pretty well for me.

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4 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2010 - 9:00PM #6
Ageo
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I suffered for years in isolation from anxiety.  I experienced panic attacks that made my heart feel as though I was near death.  I did not venture out often.


Repentance can heal such things.


To repent is as one would a tree that is bent.  You look at the limbs, and any that do not go straight, and towards the light, must be uplifted to fulfill and flourish.  From a good tree comes good fruit.


Your body and mind have good reasons for creating anxiety.  Do you not desire to relate to others, and trust them, as I did?  Why do you desire to relate and trust, but for some joy, and peace in life?  Why do you desire that?


For such answers are as layers of understandings.  As one says because and the becauses listed arise from other causes.  As layers in a tree growing from the foundation of a man or woman.  These are thus our trees of knowledge.


When intentions are not fulfilled by actions, frustration arises.  Frustration and anxiety are good.  For what being benefits from unfulfilling actions?  Thus, frustration, sorrow, anxiety, happiness, and all the myriad of feelings arise for good reasons.  As an engine light for a car, yet the feelings are for our chariot of life.


Anxiety is as pain when scraping a knee after a fall.  Anxiety helps one learn.  If a being continued to fall without pain, what knees might they have left?  For pain serves the good of the individual in such a case.

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4 years ago  ::  Apr 14, 2010 - 7:55AM #7
Karma_yeshe_dorje
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Today I played chess in a pub. Because I had recently played in tournaments, I beat my opponents.
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4 years ago  ::  Apr 21, 2010 - 2:27PM #8
Thoughtbubbles
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Exploring spiritualism in general seems cathartic to the internal tension of anxiety. The process of exploring any religious path entails an externalization of opinions and feelings, and thus the suspension of certain reservations. The self and existence become contingent not merely upon personal whim and individual willpower, but are purported to have greater, more meaningful intentions stemming from unseen, mythic forces. The penchant to ascribe occurrences to something not wholly self-based relieves a lot of the anxiety that often impedes decision-making and interactions in day-to-day life.


These two videos explain the benefits of spiritualism as a means to lessen the anxiety of the individual.  The first discusses the unseen negative consequences of meritocratic society, and the potential danger of overstating individual/societal responsibility. The second considers the impetus for creativity and the internal anxiety/pressure often associated with genius. It proposes a very interesting idea that externalization of the self through belief may help protect the individual from fear and anxiety.


www.ted.com/talks/alain_de_botton_a_kind...


www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_g...


Hope these videos are as inspirational for you all as they were for me!

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4 years ago  ::  Apr 22, 2010 - 8:40AM #9
Karma_yeshe_dorje
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Welcome, Thoughtbubbles:

I'm watching the first presentation, and generally agree.

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4 years ago  ::  Apr 29, 2010 - 3:52PM #10
Harold
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"Dream work" (allowing myself to 'visualize' or even better, to 'receive' detailed visions of, the life that I really want). In other words, allowing myself to imagine what my life would look like without social anxiety (if it was also the life I really wanted). 


 


The very act of such imagining is said to reduce and even eliminate social fear, here's a good article, "How Dream Work Reduces Social Anxiety"


Anxiety, for years, caused me to give up on my dreams for a better life. I never knew that my imagination was one of the biggest casualties of my social anxiety.

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