It is easy for our mind to mix up our feelings and sensations with our identity. specially when the anguish of pain or anxiety become long lasting or chronic. We tend to start knowing our identity as:
In Pain or Anxious. Anxiety may be one of the longest unwanted guests in our mind that we ever get to know. The worry we feel is what we call anxiety. It can come from all negative thoughts and experiences we have endured. Once we get used to having negative thoughts, we get used to having worries and we start to mix up worry with who we really are. Many dangers exist in life and we have to plan to stay safe despite these dangers.
However, the fear from danger and the worry that comes with it, are products of our mind. ZEN MINDFULNESS MEDITATION teaches us how to become observer of all these mental events and how to separate our identity from these mental events. It is all about trying to take a break from feeling one with your anxiety and separating yourself from it. With practice we can learn to do this separation more often and ultimately suffer much less from Anxiety.
Do not give in, YOU ARE NOT YOUR ANXIETY.