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buddhism and low energy levels/depression

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buddhism and low energy levels/depression

Postby a_human_being » Sun May 11, 2014 2:56 pm

I have an ADD diagnosis among others, and depressive symptoms. Most days I struggle to keep the motivation and energy to do the basic house hold chores.

I find that when I read dhamma or try to meditate, sometimes it feels like all the talk about "cessation" and "dispassion" contributes to my low energy levels. I know there is skillful and unskillful desire and energy but that's how it is. It sometimes makes me avoid reading dhamma when I feel tired or depressed. Can someone identify or have any other input?

I hope I sometime find out how to "generate" positive energy. I have been on stimulants (add meds) before and consider asking the pdoc for starting again. I guess that and exercise will have to do until then.

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Re: buddhism and low energy levels/depression

Postby Sam Vara » Sun May 11, 2014 3:32 pm


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Re: buddhism and low energy levels/depression

Postby TheNoBSBuddhist » Sun May 11, 2014 3:55 pm

On an entirely practical note, you can play appropriate Dhamma talks and listen to them through headphones while going to sleep. Subliminal learning is extremely effective in affecting our mood and temperament. It helps enormously to listen to positive affirmations and instructive encouragement this way.

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Re: buddhism and low energy levels/depression

Postby Coyote » Sun May 11, 2014 4:25 pm

I recommend dhamma talks, as they can be quite inspirational. Find a teacher you like and stick with their instructions.



^These always get me in a good mood for practice.

You could also try devotional reading or meditation, the brahmaviharas, or walking meditation. There's plenty out there for both sides of the coin in terms of the enlightenment factors.
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Re: buddhism and low energy levels/depression

Postby Mkoll » Sun May 11, 2014 5:34 pm

Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa


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