That's great, Pete! Hope you continue to feel better!
It's good that you call label the state's. The next step would be to acknowledge that those thoughts and emotions are there, allowing them to be there, but choosing to disengage. That last part takes skill and patience, as it cannot be done in one cu
one cut, but must be practiced over and over and over. We learn to let the mind be, to let the emotions and thoughts come and go, knowing they arise and pass away.
This knowing comes from a place of stillness. The stillness becomes a place of refuge & safety. From this vantage point we can observe the machinations of mind, the conditioned thinking, the attachments, etc. without getting caught up in them
Feeling exactly the same way, struggling to find my place in the world