Practicing mindful meditation is said to reduce anxiety. And, really, the only thing one needs to do it is the ability to breathe. Just concentrate on some aspect of the breath — in/out, inhale/exhale, cool air/warm air.
I had two old, cracking fillings that needed to be replaced and an appointment to get them fixed by my dentist yesterday afternoon. Classic anxiety producing situation.
Although I kept my eyes closed the whole time, I could sense the needles about to poke into my mouth, I knew I would certainly hear the whir of the drill. I was suddenly aware that as soon as the dentist pressed my lip away from my teeth and gums I held my breath. What better time to be mindful about breathing?
Oh, the breathing was ragged at times but I kept at it, trying to even out the rise and fall of my belly. Breathe in, breathe out. The old fillings were not deep. My dentist is both gentle and quick. Now I don’t have to worry about germs working their menacing way into cracks in my teeth.
A very practical application for mindful meditation.