My Story (1/2) ~ Using meditation to deal with panic attacks, stress & anxiety

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  1. ThePackratg

    November 11, 2011 2:10 am

    I would like to thank you for sharing. People feel so alone with these experiences. Meditation is far better than medication.

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  2. zenmoon3

    February 12, 2012 9:36 am

    "I liked meditation but I didn't like meditating" Hahaha. Same here! Wonderful teacher. Thanks for posting.

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  3. Jimmy Winn

    December 16, 2012 1:02 pm

    Hi! I like your videos. I'm on a quest to find peace and happiness. I deal with anxiety and frustration, and I want to conquer my mind without drugs. So I am on a journey I guess you could say. Thank you Mr. Rinpoche. :))

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  4. NDPofNovaScotia

    February 26, 2013 8:23 pm

    Mingyur, I have developed panic disorder, and suffer from severe OCD as well as cardiac issues. It has recently rendered me agoraphobic, and I am unable to leave the house. I am fearful for my life. It would mean the world if you could take a moment out of your busy day to message me my brother. Take care. Namaste.

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  5. summer

    June 5, 2013 9:51 am

    Easier said than done….in the middle of a panic attack I am fear all over. World around me looks different and I only have two emotions fear and self pity that I may die – poor thing ! There is no space for myself at that time to differentiate from the fear and sadness of self pity . How to separate myself from fear or panic and use it skillfully? I dont know how…..how ? May be with some tranquilizers like alcohol ? I am serious and I am desperate….

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  6. lionwarrior7819

    June 9, 2013 7:35 pm

    try not to force deep breathing, simply observe the breath without judgement for now, as you practice the breath will regulate itself. thats what works for me and i just started myself.

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  7. Cortland Dahl

    July 18, 2013 3:27 pm

    It definitely takes some work, but meditation has helped many people with severe panic and anxiety disorders. You might want to check out Mingyur RInpoche's free intro to meditation course on the Tergar Learning Community website, or take Joy of Living I, which gives lots of instructions for working with thoughts and emotions. Good luck!

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  8. Cortland Dahl

    July 18, 2013 3:29 pm

    Mingyur Rinpoche is on extended retreat right now in the Himalayas, so he won't be able to respond, but you can get lots of support on the Tergar Learning Community website. I'd recommend taking Joy of Living I or the free Intro to Meditation course. I hope this helps!

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  9. summer

    July 22, 2013 1:32 pm

    I just want to know how to get a gap or a space between my thought /emotion / fear DURING the panic attack so I can nail it.

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  10. Cortland Dahl

    November 5, 2013 10:38 am

    This is certainly not easy, so the first piece of advice is to be kind, patient, and compassionate with yourself. Working with powerful emotions like panic right from the beginning is very difficult. The ideal situation is to start off with the breath or simply being aware of a soothing sound and let your awareness rest naturally. Once you've gotten used to that, it will be easier to bring your awareness to the present moment in the midst of panic, but of course, that is not easy.

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  11. August

    February 19, 2014 11:32 am

    I had my first asthma/panic attack the other night. Scariest feeling ever. So relieved to know that even a monk can have a panic attack. This makes me feel better for some reason. Thank you!

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  12. raztis1

    March 2, 2014 3:51 pm

    my problem is my anxiety attacks don't come due to stress inducers. il be sitting calmly, laughing at a show, or taking a walk and then BAM, im grabbing my chest, im dizzy, my arm feels tingly, and I rush to the ER thinking its a stroke or heart attack and its not. I have high blood pressure and when my BP is up il have them, or il have them and it will cause my BP to spike and make them worse.

    the worst part about it all is that we have a HORRIBLE hospital full of doctors that think anxiety is a BS disease. they refuse to give you real treatment, keep saying its because your depressed and feeding me anti-depressants which do nothing. so I have to keep going into the ER and racking up 600$ charges just for an Ativan. I don't know what to do, their getting worse and more common, I just got a job that has a 90day no miss or your fired requirement and im catching myself clutching my chest in the bathroom because if I leave to go to the ER il lose the job. idk what to do..

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  13. David Schneider

    October 28, 2014 3:14 pm

      Well there may be faulty illusions but Rinpoche did NOT deliver in his word in this video and explain it. If "fault" exists perhaps I've missed something.  Perhaps in the west we want "fair up front notice" and "consumer enlightenment protection;" in  the east it may be that it comes later.  So perhaps it's a matter of style.  But sometimes style and substance are one in the same … best wishes and practices for however enlightenment occurs … 

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  14. cibriosis

    April 11, 2015 2:36 am

    panic attacks can be overcome..you must calm down and accept it..accept your panic and accept yourself…you must teach yourself to be one with yourself..you can never escape it..but you can control it

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  15. Tiffany Epiphany

    May 22, 2015 3:57 am

    Does anyone know what to do when you get to a point of vibration? Most people don't seem to know what's going on.

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  16. LillyRocks desde el planeta Tierra.

    November 3, 2015 5:45 pm

    Panic attacks, anxiety (too), is due to hormonal, thyroid, (etc.) diseases. Check your hormones, Antibodies, blood work.
    Edited (4th April 2017):
    But, that's my own experience; and it may NOT be yours.
    Additional, since I was very very young, I went through very traumatic experiences, and very probably it turn on the "anxiety" alarm, as well.
    Check also your belief system, and all your past, self history.
    And of course, learn, practice the meditation technics and know the "monkey mind" and how to work with it… and yes, check your thyroid, Ab., health in general, anxiety can be due to organic issues as well, but not excluded to each (mind/organic) other.
    Hope is of some help.
    Blessings.

    (Sorry for my english).

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  17. Jonny Q

    June 27, 2016 6:32 am

    I just started having anxiety, panic attacks about a month ago, mines started out of no where, it's scary I have chest pains, heart racing, numbness, sweat, body aches, head aches, and non stop dizziness, body jolts, twitching, and so much more.

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  18. Jacqui Merrell

    September 29, 2016 1:43 pm

    Thank you for these videos. I had panic attacks in my 20s, but they abated after I began Buddhist practice. Then, after my father's death last year, they resurfaced with a vengeance after many years of dedicated practice. They still continue and are uncontrollable and come without warning, even while sleeping. It's incredibly difficult and a great teacher. It helps so much to hear about others' experiences… so again, thank you very much.

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  19. claudio oliver

    February 2, 2017 11:49 pm

    How to use panic as a launching pad to meditation? It sounds strange to use a bad thing to reach a good thing!

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  20. Lee Joe

    January 16, 2018 6:01 pm

    I have same experienced as you nearly dead, similar situation.Extremely comfortable without sense and body weight,feels myself was part of the world.

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  21. Stefano Carboni

    March 17, 2018 1:35 pm

    These 2 video – "My Story (1/2 & 2/2) ~ Using meditation to deal with panic attacks, stress & anxiety" – have been really helpful for me and for so many people I know. So, I would offer my contribution to translate them into Italian (my language) and make this translation and possibly subtitles available also for those Italians who don't understand English. Who should I address to offer my contribution for that? Thanks.

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  22. moliati huang

    April 5, 2018 9:51 pm

    For any case, we don't know why we have panic attack.
    It happens to me, it come everyday expecially at evening.
    It more like anxious.
    I think itu cause by traumatic
    In my childhood, my father was alcoholic.
    Scare , worry but now why at evening? I realized my father came home at evening.
    Can meditate help me?

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  23. Gravity Denier

    May 26, 2018 12:09 am

    This may not help everyone but taking a good magnesium supplement helped me MASSIVELY with anxiety and specifically panic attacks. Many people are deficient in this mineral.

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  24. Christine HUTFLESS

    June 13, 2018 6:53 pm

    Thank you so much for the video. I always have been fond of Meditation.
    Unfortunately my Guru Paramahamsa Nithyananda who is teaching vedic tradition and bringing more consciousness to the world is tried to be stopped in his mission.
    Can you please help to bring the truth to the world by sharing this video:

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  25. C H

    November 18, 2018 7:17 am

    I think he is saying you are not your emotions. I think he is saying you are not your anxiety your anger Etc. You are just Who You Are. Whether you talk about no self in Buddhism or self in Hinduism. They are both the same thing.
    I have panic disorder also. The meditation he teaches on simply breathing in and breathing out breathing in and breathing out. Is a very good and easy meditation.
    You can even do this laying down. If you simply Focus or concentrate but not hard concentration on simply breathing in and breathing out breathing in and breathing out inhaling and exhaling inhaling and exhaling.
    Your mind can only do one thing at a time. So if you have worries or disturbances in your mind, simply inhaling and exhaling and watching your inhaling and exhaling breathing in and breathing out. The things that you are thinking about cannot exist because you are concentrating on one thing only your financial problems your anxiety your sleeplessness your insomnia everything goes away in that period.
    Just the best of it is just finding out who you are and that is easy. Whether you call it self or no soul in Hinduism and Buddhism it doesn't matter. Thou art that.

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  26. Ankeet Kc

    February 21, 2019 4:19 pm

    I have been watching your videos but today only i got to know that you were born in nepal.I am also from Nepal…💖💖💖💖💖

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  27. Kabob Hope

    July 23, 2019 5:47 pm

    When I have panic attacks it feels like I am falling off the edge of the planet or alternately like I am going to die very soon. Recognizing that it is a panic attack helpsb to calm me down. I learned that through being mindful.

    I also use prescribed medication for panic attacks which happen infrequently. I take the lowest dose possible and lie down to rest in a dark room and focus on my breathing with the thought that I can take another dose of medication in a half hour if I need to or go to the ER if I have to. Having a plan in place reduces my fear and anxiety. My advice for anyone who experiences panic attacks is to have a plan in place.

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