I practiced various forms of meditation for a number of years starting as an adolescent. I quit for a number of years, but have returned to quiet sitting in the last couple of years.
I incorporate meditation with my psychotherapy sessions (I generally engage a therapist for six-eight weeks at a time every year or so). I spend half the session in silent meditation with my therapist. I also use meditative techniques and philospohical interventions with clients that consult me. The issue of anxiety suggests that the first half hour of a psychotherapy session spent in meditation might prove interesting for you (then you'd have stuff to talk about). Depending on issues - I will spend either the first half or the second half of my session meditating. My therapist appreciates the mid-day 'break', too.
I've also found that the Goenka School of Vipassana provides a really solid base to establish a personal practice. Their ten-day silent retreat format works around 10-12 hrs of meditation each day - kind of a boot camp of meditation retreats - after such an experience, all the basic skills are well entrenched. I personally learned as much in ten days (about my self and my meditation) as I did in all the years of book reading and occassional course taking.
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