Freeing Yourself from Depression through Meditation:
A Quick Guide
Depression is the feeling of being utterly dejected or dispirited and is an upsetting state of mind. It reduces a person’s energy in trying to maintain interest in life, which can lead to becoming a serious illness. There are many stages or levels of depression, and there are various ways on how victims find a resolution to the core of the problem. Many people can testify that the rock-bottom experience motivated and led them to learn how to meditate. Some people, who agonize from slight to moderate depression, can benefit from the practice of daily meditation and it can be very helpful for treating anxiety and depression, whether the depression is situational, which are caused by external events or by chemical imbalances in the brain and body. Research has shown that learning and practicing how to meditate can dramatically reduce the chances of deterioration for those who have suffered repeated depressions.
The tricky part of battling depression always starts with yourself. It is the Battle of the Self. How we look at the world; society; relations; self-worth. How we value ourselves. The choices we make. The experiences we endure. It usually takes just one small trigger of some social or personal event that can create a domino effect of self-doubting thoughts that stretch out into a web, and for some, they will find themselves tangled up and deep in the hole at too late a time. It takes years for some to get out of their depression, others could go quicker. But we all have to go through with that roller-coaster of a ride and actually observe, acknowledge, analyze and take action to fully understand, become aware, and find solutions to get out of the depression rut. It is never an easy road, for the mind can be very deceiving.
You wouldn’t even know that the people around you, family or friends, colleagues, or strangers, were actually going through some form of depression. There will always be a different facade than what they would actually want to reveal to the public. This type of scenario, of a person not showing signs of depression, is a bit of like a tug-of-war situation for me, but of course, it will all depend on the people involved. On one side, it’s kind of good because the victim does not want to spread the negative vibe of his or her depression to others, thus saving them from feeling annoyed and tending to stay further away than helping. Do you know how there are some people who seem to release a very heavy vibe or aura? Yeah. Now, on the other side of the coin, it is not always good for the victim to handle his or her depression alone. This can always lead to more dangerous situations. There should always be a balance of knowing when to ask for help from others and buckling down to take care of the battle by yourself.
And one way to start winning the battle is through the daily practice of MEDITATION.
Here are some simple techniques that emphasize meditation practices that are highly beneficial for the body and mind:
- Find a quiet place to meditate. For people suffering from depression, an ineffective attempt to calm yourself for meditation in the middle of a hectic situation can actually cause more harm than good so it’s better to be in a place where you can feel the silence and peace of mind.
- Sit straight with your spine about an inch from the back of the chair, and your feet flat on the floor.
- Close your eyes. Focus on your breath as it drifts in and out. Do not try to change the pattern of your breathing. Keep it slow and steady.
- After a while, your mind will stroll. Gradually bring your attention back to your breath. The act of understanding that your mind has strolled and brought your attention back is a good thing. This is awareness. And your goal is to achieve detachment from all things. Self-reflection will occur during these quiet times, and it is best to pay attention to them first before putting them aside.
- Your mind will eventually become still and quiet.
- Repeat every day for 20-30 minutes.
Meditation is self-realization. The most important reason for beginning the practice of meditation is the desire for self-realization and to understand who you really are. Spend more time and energy pursuing and keeping good health in any other aspect of your life like family, career, and achieving happiness because everything that is important and good around you depends on a stable and balanced persona. There will always be light after the storm, so always be hopeful that one day you won’t have to fight so hard anymore to get normal sanity back because there are a lot of ways to fight depression.
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