Attacking Habitual Anxiety

I have been on the warpath of late against what I now call "habitual anxiety".I have also discovered that anxiety (in all of its forms) makes a formidable opponent.Habitual anxiety, by my very unscientific and totally unverifiable definition, is that inner state which occurs when a being - human or animal - becomes so accustomed to feeling anxious that any other feeling - including peace - actually feels unnatural or even unpleasant.I suppose that the psychological greats like B.F. Skinner or Ivan Pavlov might call this "conditioning". But since that term to me simply reminds me that I forgot to do my arm weights again this morning, I prefer habitual anxiety.Luckily, just recently I finally found something that seems to help.I have been doing meditations to attempt to train myself out of habitual anxiety and into inner peace. In these meditations, I affirm a set of statements, accompanied all the while by deep breathing and visualizations. I have become so good at reeling off these statements and their corresponding breaths and images that I could likely qualify for the American team for Olympic synchronized breathing-and-talking-and-visualizing, were there such a sport.Sadly, to date there is not.But just a few days ago, I made a breakthrough. And I am quite sure that if (when) the Olympic committee hears about this, they will move promptly to rectify the omission. In the meantime, I am so excited that I am practicing constantly.The breakthrough I made is this: I must "feel my words" in order to accomplish my goal.