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How to Meditate Your Way From Panic to Peace

Posted: 05/01/2012 8:00 am

When I wrote a book proposal outlining my plan to heal from a panic disorder that had plagued me for decades, I did so partially to get out of a book tour that had taken me to 60 cities in three years. I was exhausted and anxious, tired and wired. And I thought I was the only person in the world who felt that way.

My plan worked. I learned how to meditate and process disturbing memories and emotions. I healed in ways I never could have imagined. I'm a monk in a minivan now, driving through the suburbs of New York with a peacefulness and clarity I could never have imagined I could access. Since my book was published, I've heard from people all over the country who understand the significance of my accomplishment. Their kindness has moved me deeply. I've made this slideshow to celebrate my happiness, thank them and encourage others.

Here are 10 tips for meditating your way from panic to peace:

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Priscilla Warner co-authored The New York Times bestseller "The Faith Club." Her new memoir, "Learning to Breathe -- My Yearlong Quest to Bring Calm to My Life", is published by Free Press. Follow her on twitter on facebook or on her website.

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I chose a young Tibetan monk named Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche as my first meditation teacher because, like me, he'd suffered from panic attacks for many years. Still, he wasn't in a rush to get anywhere fast. "Meditate like an old cow pees," he advised students on retreat. "Not in a steady stream, or it's all gone, too fast! A little bit at a time is good."
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