Here are a few things that helped me overcome my own social anxiety, and learn to actually enjoy being around people, over a period of a few years.
Loving Kindness Meditation is used to develop feelings of empathy, compassion, and love in the mind and heart of the meditator.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a condition in which a person’s mind is stuck in some past traumatic event. This “disorder” is much more effectively treated with meditation than with any of the mainstream methods used by psychologists and psychiatrists in the western world today.
1. Sit outside in a comfortable spot, in a comfortable position, with spine straight and tall. If possible, sit so that you are facing directly toward an object that you can keep as the “center” of your visual field.
Step 1: Realize that you are experiencing your environment right at this very moment… mostly through your eyes, ears, and body sensations. Stop for a moment and notice your experience of your surroundings, right now.
Before I started meditating, I lived in a world of clouds. I didn’t know it at the time, but my mind was clouding my eyes.
One of the most common misconceptions holding back the widespread adoption of meditation into the western healthcare system is that meditation is seen, in some way, as a “religious” activity, a “Hindu tradition” or “Buddhist ritual” of some kind. In truth, meditation (as it’s used today) is simply an exercise to strengthen the brain.
No time to meditate? Here’s an easy five-minute meditation for people who don’t have time to meditate more extensively.
Here is a short list of the benefits of meditation, in western terms.