A Young Man's Journey To Healing
About 20 years ago, Deepak Chopra referred a meditation student to me when I was working with him as tour coordinator. The problem: A young man had frequent panic attacks. A psychiatrist who was treating him determined the trigger was the smell of smoke. Every time he was near smoke he would need to go and unwind the anxiety that was crippling his activity. Even while at picnics, which are usually fun, the panic would return once the barbecue grill was started. This was the result of a childhood trauma apparently, a frightening experience he had when he was trapped in a burning building. He was rescued unharmed - at least physically. Prescription drugs provided little relief and therapy was only useful in identifying the cause.
So he began regular meditation, practiced for 2-3 months and started noticing he was no longer responding negatively to the smell of smoke. He was starting to release those deep rooted stresses that he lived with for so many years. And there was no need to analyze the situation to get the result. We transcend the problem to fix it. Consciousness is the operating system that resets the mind/body system, not the constant reviewing, worry and talk about it. The solutions are found when the mind and body return back to source where all possibilities reside. We need not carry the past into our present unless it benefits us. If joyfulness is our permanent address, we should take the time to reconnect with it, that pure, immovable state of bliss - what the ancient rishis call 'Sat Chit Ananda'. Mike Scozzari