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I'm so depressed

Postby greggorious » Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:23 pm

I feel so depressed right now. I'm diagnosed as having major depression and generalised anxiety disorder. I wanted to take up Buddhism cos I thought it might help me, but the more I read up on Buddhism the worse I feel. All the stories of being trapped in hell realms, animal realms, hungry ghost realms is making me feel so depressed.
If feels like the cycle will never end for me. I came into the life unhappy and I'm gonna go into my next life even more unhappy.
:cry:
"The original heart/mind shines like pure, clear water with the sweetest taste. But if the heart is pure, is our practice over? No, we must not cling even to this purity. We must go beyond all duality, all concepts, all bad, all good, all pure, all impure. We must go beyond self and nonself, beyond birth and death. When we see with the eye of wisdom, we know that the true Buddha is timeless, unborn, unrelated to any body, any history, any image. Buddha is the ground of all being, the realization of the truth of the unmoving mind.” Ajahn Chah

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Re: I'm so depressed

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:27 pm

1. Talk with a / your therapist.
2. Eat right. (I have heard non-nutritious foods can trigger hormonal changes / depression)
3. Exercise. (has been shown to improve emotional well-being)
4. Try walking meditation. (I have heard walking is usually better than sitting for those suffering from depression.)
5. Metta meditation.
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Re: I'm so depressed

Postby mikenz66 » Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:34 pm

Hi greggorious,

In addition to David's excellent advice, I would advise that if you want to get more into Buddhism you should search out a local group. The companionship is invaluable and you are very unlikely to find real-life Buddhists spending much time on "stories of being trapped in hell realms, animal realms, hungry ghost realms".

Be Well!

:anjali:
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Re: I'm so depressed

Postby perkele » Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:42 pm

Theoretical discussions about Buddhism on online forums can easily contribute to depression.

Try the following:
1) Order a pizza.
2) Say thank you to the delivery guy and give him a tip.
3) Eat the pizza.
4) If a hungry ghost is harassing you, give him a piece of pizza.
5) Wash the dishes.

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Re: I'm so depressed

Postby greggorious » Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:44 pm

Do you think I should give Dhammawheel a rest for a while, just practice?
"The original heart/mind shines like pure, clear water with the sweetest taste. But if the heart is pure, is our practice over? No, we must not cling even to this purity. We must go beyond all duality, all concepts, all bad, all good, all pure, all impure. We must go beyond self and nonself, beyond birth and death. When we see with the eye of wisdom, we know that the true Buddha is timeless, unborn, unrelated to any body, any history, any image. Buddha is the ground of all being, the realization of the truth of the unmoving mind.” Ajahn Chah

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Re: I'm so depressed

Postby reflection » Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:50 pm

Maybe watch this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N_jjY7W_fs


With metta,
Reflection

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Re: I'm so depressed

Postby Ben » Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:50 pm

Hi Greg,
Certainly continue with the practice. Keep it simple -
sila,
samadhi
panna

On top of that I agree with what has been said above particularly by David and Mike. You need to see a therapist (if you are not already doing so).
Major depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain and may require medical treatment as well as cognitive therapy.
Also keep in mind that while you may feel alone - you are not Robinson Caruso. Depression is extremely common and there are very many Buddhists who also suffer from major depression.
with metta,

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: I'm so depressed

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Re: I'm so depressed

Postby greggorious » Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:53 pm

Thanks for the link reflection. I love Ajahn Brahm, he's so quirky, yet full of compassion. He's also from North London, like me :)
"The original heart/mind shines like pure, clear water with the sweetest taste. But if the heart is pure, is our practice over? No, we must not cling even to this purity. We must go beyond all duality, all concepts, all bad, all good, all pure, all impure. We must go beyond self and nonself, beyond birth and death. When we see with the eye of wisdom, we know that the true Buddha is timeless, unborn, unrelated to any body, any history, any image. Buddha is the ground of all being, the realization of the truth of the unmoving mind.” Ajahn Chah

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Re: I'm so depressed

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:03 pm

Greetings Greg,

This is a good book, it may be of assistance.

The Zen Path Through Depression - Philip Martin
http://www.amazon.com/Zen-Path-Through- ... 0060654457

:reading:

Metta,
Retro. :)
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Re: I'm so depressed

Postby greggorious » Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:45 am

Coming from a Zen background, I agree with you. Words are secondary to experience.
"The original heart/mind shines like pure, clear water with the sweetest taste. But if the heart is pure, is our practice over? No, we must not cling even to this purity. We must go beyond all duality, all concepts, all bad, all good, all pure, all impure. We must go beyond self and nonself, beyond birth and death. When we see with the eye of wisdom, we know that the true Buddha is timeless, unborn, unrelated to any body, any history, any image. Buddha is the ground of all being, the realization of the truth of the unmoving mind.” Ajahn Chah

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Re: I'm so depressed

Postby perkele » Sun Feb 12, 2012 4:31 am

Thank you for not taking offence.

I must say that I do think this is a great place and it is wonderful that the Dhamma is discussed with great enthusiasm and interest by many well-versed people here, and I am grateful for that.

The reason why I was so negative (although my intention was not sinister) is just that I have my own problems in real life that I don't deal with properly, and of course that it's the nature of internet forums that they are also always places for some useless proliferation and discussions about nothing - which I tend to get stuck in a lot. Not always easy to focus on all the good stuff that is there and take it to good use. I seriously need some practice in focussing on important matters and restrain my negativity.
So don't take my negative comments seriously. I hope you accommodate yourself well here and take some insights into the real world where it is needed. :smile:


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