I've come across advice in several places that encourage people experiencing anxiety or panic to 'lean into it.'
Leaning into means not resisting the feelings, but allowing them. Further, leaning into feelings of anxiety would mean fully experiencing the fearful state and embracing it. The theory is that 'fearing the fear' - believing it's intolerable and resisting it in general only exacerbates the problem. Then, we end up anticipating further episodes of anxiety, giving it power to run our lives.
I have not experiemented with leaning into anxiety, although I understand the benefits of accepting feelings and working through them without resistance or denial.
My question is: has anyone here ever practiced leaning into fear - or any feelings - and what results have you gotten?