When I was depressed I looked everywhere to find a book which spoke about how to come out of depression with consciousness; a book, in which meditation would be an important part. I have now written the book I was looking for.
I know how difficult it is to get moving from the frozen state of depression. And I know how important it is to be recognized and accepted in the darkness in which you find yourself. That darkness has value, however, because it forms the foundation from which the light can arise.
How to continue?
The guidelines described in the various chapters can all lead you to initiative the flow of your own life.
It may be that one chapter appeals to you and another not at all.
My invitation is that when something from this book appeals to you, you build that into your day and make it a commitment to yourself.
Depression has often been a months-long or year-long exercise in negative thinking, in physically moving very little, in having not much contact with yourself or with others and of denying your body. This means that there is also a need for months or years of exercise to establish a life-affirming path again. I myself have experienced that when I said, 'yes' to this, practising it became so precious to me that I do not want to stop it any more - even now that I feel happy again.
It has been very supportive for me to write daily everything in a diary before going to bed. This prevents you from giving too much weight to one thing from the day. The way you write is important, too. It’s very usual when you’re depressed to tell your life story in a negative way
, but when you start to write in a way that gives meaning to what you have experienced, a stream of 'giving meaning to your life' is put in motion. Even feeling pain can be meaningful when you describe it in terms like : 'I have the courage to feel the pain now, which allows it to heal.'
If you want to get started with the guidelines from this book, you may also encounter scepticism in yourself or in people around you.
The mind is always full of judgements and is often afraid of change or of opening up to something new. We have the choice to either listen to the mind or to take on the challenge of experimenting with new things. I have noticed that even a negative experience is better than maintaining the routine of 'the same every day'.
Maybe you dare not give up the antidepressants yet, do not believe in reincarnation, are afraid that meditation is vague, do not want to give up coffee with a lot of sugar, find family constellations a bit odd and hate connecting with others because you feel that everyone lets you down.
Nonetheless, there is something in you that has picked up this book. That might be the hand of your heart, of your inner child or of your soul. I think that many people who are depressed follow the invitation of their soul to stop everything in their lives for a while, to find that which is pure and true.
Each chapter contains a key that fits a door that can form an entrance to blissfulness. When you go through that door, it’s possible you could first encounter a lot of pain; pain that still wants to be felt. If you dare to face it and then do not give up, that same pain will purify you. I say this from my own experience.
Never think that blissfulness is not for you; it is your birthright.
At the most, the layers that cover blissfulness are somewhat thicker in one person than in another. But the thicker the layer you are going through, the greater the blissfulness that awaits you.
I wish you a good journey to your own life source.
1 Acceptance of Depression
Part 1: My experience of depression
2 How my depression developed
3 My final depression begins
4 A day in my depression
5 The turning point in my depression
6 A day in my happy life
Part 2: Taking the helm into your own hands
7 The value of taking responsibility for yourself
8 The illusion of antidepressants
9 Saying 'yes' is opening yourself to life
10 Stopping comparing yourself with others brings you back to yourself
Part 3: Healing from the Body
11 Your body is the basis of good therapy
12 Physical exercise with awareness
13 Food and Depression
Part 4: Family Constellations
14 Family Constellations - becoming the child of your parents again
Part 5: The importance of Osho Meditations
15 OSHO® Active Meditations
16 OSHO® Meditative Therapies
Part 6: Re-establishment of the Connection with Yourself and the Other
17 Being connected and in contact with the other
Part 7: Passion and Connection with the Soul
18 Passion and Meaning
19 Listening to your Soul
About the author
Word of thanks
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