top of page
  • Writer's pictureLama Jigme Gyatso

Anxiety, Peace, and Meditation

I’m not gonna say Jeremy was anxious, but he made Deputy Barney Fife seem mellow. Jeremy described his dilemma, and how it undermined his meditation, to the Lama.

“I will NOT insult your intellect by reminding you to get enough sleep, eat a whole-food vegan diet, daily exercise in the sun shine and fresh air, or see a plant-based-psychiatrist (who you could find on the PCRM web site).” Lama reassured Jeremy. “Instead I’ll tell you of one of my teachers. Rinpoche attended flight school, and in time flew with his instructor, side by side.

There came the inevitable day, when his airplane stalled. He pulled backward on the yoke, desperately willing his plane to gain altitude; but that just hastened his decent (involuntary and perilous). ‘Push the yoke forward!’ explained the instructor (whose job it was to remedy this scenario). Doing as he was told Rinpoche dropped the nose of craft forward.

As the all too solid earth raced up at him his instructor commanded ‘SLOWLY pull back!’ Just as he used gravity-induced-momentum to restore lift, we could use our anxiety to fuel our contemplations.

Coordinate these rhetorical questions

with your breathing:


‘Hate of fear… how stressful?’

‘Craving fear… how stressful?’

‘Cling to fear… how stressful?’


‘Why soothe fear… for all beings?’


‘How is fear… dependent?’

‘How could fear… always change?’

‘How could fear… not be me?’

You could play with each exercise for four rounds, performing circuit after circuit, until your mind grows weary. Then you could rest it with the words ‘Notice this… relaxing!’ ”

Meditation and philosophy livestream every 12 hours – - link tree in profile - #anxiety #peace #meditation

Let us conclude

with a simple

call to action

In the Tibetan tradition Lamas are supported

not by monasteries but by students

as such the production of these livestreams,

blogs, and class materials is supported

by the generosity of viewers, and listeners, and readers

just like you.

Join our nightly livestream.

Download FREE practice materials.

2 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page