Yogi: I have strong anxieties in daily life; especially fear of taking the plane and other anxieties arising from thinking.
Sayadaw: If negative thinking arises, for example, about something fearful, then fear comes.
You should not practice this again and again (don’t entertain negative thoughts), and also, don’t believe the negative thoughts.
Negative thoughts come from delusion, and when you believe them, these thoughts are even more deluded.
Don’t repeatedly replay these negative thoughts; you can try thinking a positive way (and notice thinking and feeling are happening).
They are powerful and appear to arise automatically because of the repeated habit of many years. Now, you need to stop doing this – not continue the negative thoughts or follow them.
[Try to follow Sayadaw’s advice – the skill will reduce the possibility of depression, or going deeper and deeper into depression.]