Jugula wrote (see)I listen to Bill Bruford's drums right through and completely lose myself in it, which to me is a bit of mobile meditation and as a bonus saw the early morning sun rising up over the sea.
My OCD is kicking in, sorry, Jugula. You'll find meditation teachers saying that meditation isn't a way to 'zone out' (aka 'losing yourself'); it's a way of being fully conscious and present to what's happening.
Music also produces an emotional effect that it's very easy to get lost in too.
There's a book I'm reading now called Running with the Mind of Meditation:
u are speaking my language I went to a meditation class few years back amd walked out as paniced, will try it again thanks for all advice mate I really need yoga amd meditation as its all go all the time, thanks again
Jonnie, it's very common for newly sober alcoholics to feel highly uncomfortable around other people, especially groups of people. I remember being terrified of going into my first A.A. meeting room and I sat next to this little old lady because she looked safe. (I'm an ex soldier btw).
But it's important that we strengthen our 'emotional muscles', the ones we weakened while drinking, so it's good to regularly come out of our comfort zones and do the stuff that we know we should be doing. Just a little at a time.
I try not to let fear and anxiety control me these days. Easier said than done though; I know I know.