Noise | Captain America’s Advice On Anxiety

Noise | Captain America’s Advice On Anxiety

I started meditating a couple weeks ago.  My main reason for doing so was because of this adoption of the millennial mindset where I would wake up, check my phone, sit down, check my phone, sit for several hours and scroll through pages and tabs looking aimlessly at nothing.  It had come to the point where I couldn’t finish watching a three hour movie straight without pausing and taking a break.  I didn’t think that was healthy.  Throughout the day, I’m constantly in my head, entertaining myself, coming up with plot lines, and wondering about what-ifs.  I do enjoy it at times, and at other times, I realize that I’m not doing much and that my time could be better spent doing something else, something in the present.

Last night, I was watching clips on Chris Evan’s workout regimen on how he became Captain America.  I assume that watching those clips led me to open up Youtube to find a video about Chris Evan’s advice on dealing with anxiety and discomfort.

In the clip, he talks about shooshing his brain and separating himself from following the constant battering of thoughts that our brain makes.  The brain is constantly working.  Even when people sleep, they’re dreaming.  Thoughts are always going in and out.  In the clip, Chris Evans explains that the brain is operating on a separate plane.  He talks about being present.  The inability to be present is an incredulous issue in the millennial generation. People are constantly looking for what’s next.  Everyone’s looking down at their phones.  No one really exists in the present.

When I first started meditating, the first days were more focused on healing from an emotionally heavy incident and I wanted to pull myself away from the weight of the most distracting and heaviest thoughts.  So, obviously, for the first few days, just sitting down for fifteen minutes was difficult.  Then after those first few days, I began noticing the temperature of water when I washed my face.  I started noticing how cold it was instead of how I need to hurry to the next thing.  After a few days, after things settling down, I began to see my thoughts clear.  I began to be able to pull away from inner distractions.  Today, I had more of an issue trying to keep myself clear of thoughts, but I assume that that will pass and I’ll continue being able to be more present.  Meditating is kind of something I just do.  It’s moved on from being something I should do to something I have to do, like get a glass of water or eat.  When I feel clouded by distractions and preoccupied with inner turmoil so much that it’s affecting the people around me and who I want to be, I come to the conclusion that I should really spend more time trying to clear my head.

Being present.

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