I reread the last posts and please have a closer look at two things. Do them when you have a bit more time.
Yes, it 'seems' that a particular label might trigger an emotion but, as you point out, it can't.
Don’t believe a word I write…. Look really close again, here is an exercise for you:
1. Put aside 10-15 minutes and sit quietly with your eyes closed.
2. Think of a story that brings up a sensation, one that you can feel in the body but not too intense that it overwhelms you.
3. Then with eyes still closed, I want you to LOOK very very carefully to see if you can find/see an actual link between the thought and the sensation.
4. If the sensation starts to dissipate/weaken, then bring the story to mind again and until the sensation is felt, then continue looking to see if you can see/find a link. You are looking for an actual link that connects the thought/story with the sensation.
5. If you find yourself following thought instead of looking carefully for the link, just bring your attention gently back to the sensation and continue looking.
Do this exercise at least 3-4 times throughout your day, making sure to look very carefully.
Don’t go for what thoughts tell but only for your direct experience of it.
Did it again last night. A warmth spreads from the place where the 'anxiety' sensation was experienced and fills the entire inner space of my torso. And it stays there.
Sometimes an expectation is formed to what is supposed to happen, especially if there is a good feeling involved. The good feeling can either be the end point of the investigation but if it repeats in exactly the same way again and again it can be a lovely reminder of there being a resistance to look deeper. So find out for yourself what it is.
Next time ‘anxiety’ shows up have a close look and while doing it, really allow yourself to look deeper and deeper.
When the wonderful warmth spread give thanks for it and have a look:
Is there is a controller, doer or decider who/which decides what is happening?
Is there something behind the warmth which would like to be looked at?
Report back what you find.