Question: One maxim of self-development I sense is true is that the way out of any stressful situation is to "go through it." How does this approach apply to reducing stress-producing thought-attacks?
Answer: Everything depends upon our ability to inwardly discriminate between thoughts and feelings that are for us as opposed to those that are against us. Whenever confronted with an onslaught of internal impressions, the most powerful tool you have is to go silent. Step away from the situation inwardly by bringing everything that is going through you into your deliberate field of attention. There is a native unity in a silent mind that is able to both witness and "taste" the thoughts and feelings passing through it. It is this internal field of silence that reveals the character of any impressions and shows them for what they are. It's hard to make a mistake when your first wish is to see these thoughts and feelings instead of just unconsciously turning your will over to them.
Excerpted from Seeker's Guide to Self-Freedom
Question: How can I work to rid myself of these waking nightmares I have where I feel like life is going to crush me?
Answer: The next time you find yourself bogged down or stressed through some everyday event, deliberately break out of the circle of thoughts that are both describing the event to you and defining you within that description. Remember the Higher in this moment, and keep your attention, if nothing else, on the fact that there is more to your life in that moment than the reality you've been given by the perceiving self.
(Chatroom Classroom 1999)