Some of us may be a bit lost when we think of meditation for depression. We may ask, does it really work? How often do I do it for? What does it do anyway? What’s the point?
The reason meditation works for depression self help, is because you are more able to control your mind, your emotional arousals, mindfulness, thoughts, self talk, and your alpha state of mind.
NOTE: Meditation for depression alone will not take you out of depression, but is yet a depression self help step to end depression.
This might sound strange but I accidentally learned the powers of meditation while learning French.
I once used a powerful alternative studying technique to learn French. The technique involved a type of meditation to get to the alpha state of mind. When in this alpha state, creativity flows, and I was able to learn much faster, and stay focused much longer on tasks.
There are more steps necessary to learn french or any other subject faster than you ever imagined. However, with the basics in this learning method of breathing deeply and relaxing I accidentally found that I was able to control my depression as well.
So I created my own meditation technique to exercise my mind and ultimately helped me end depression.
As a depression help tool, meditation takes you away from your worries...
Think about it. Depressed people often feel overwhelmed by problems and worries. They want to get away from troubling thoughts, and the heavy burden that life sometimes brings.
Being unconscious and sleeping takes us away from the life that creates problems. That’s one reason depressed people are sleepy so often. It’s their mechanism to be unconscious and get away from it all.
We are often, however, not tired enough to escape to our sleep, and we’re stuck with being conscious and having to put up with life.
So there's a case for using meditation for depression and be unconscious, or semiconscious, as a nice and healthy alternative to clear your mind from problems.
I am not advising to escape problems. On the contrary, clearing the mind through meditation for depression, gives us a renewed and stronger ability to deal with our problems.
We take away the overwhelming feeling, so we can better manage the problems we do have, but in a more organized matter. We take control, rather than the problems control us.
Meditation for depression solves depression issues. Sleeping too often does not, neither does it solve depression fatigue. Meditation and conscious thinking while in the alpha state of mind does help self control and mindfulness.
The second argument for meditation is restfulness. When you sit comfortably and meditate the body and mind often feel much more rested than what even a nap can provide.
The brain naturally produces frequency waves. These brain waves can be measured by electroencelograph machines and range from the beta brainwaves, the fastest of the four different brainwaves to alpha, theta and delta.
Delta brainwaves are of the greatest amplitude and slowest frequency. Deep dreamless sleep takes you down to the lowest frequency.
We use meditation for depression to develop the ability to shift from one mental state to another.
In our case we want to get to an alpha and even a theta state of mind. We rest our minds, while our bodies are completely relaxed.
There is an infinite number of guided meditations you can read or listen to that will take you to the alpha state of mind.
Depressed people tend to have high levels of emotional arousal. So we are mostly going to use meditation to get to the alpha state of mind.
Go to the alpha state often, and stay for long periods of time. Use the time for creative work. Write E-mails, do some brainstorming. Do your analytical work.
There’s guided meditation that can help you get there. I personally like using specialized 60 cycle music that keeps me in alpha state while I work. But the music is not necessary.
To get to the alpha level you need to first have a relaxation and meditation session. Music can help you continue on the alpha brainwave for longer periods.
Your Meditation Exercise
Here’s a sample guided meditation for depression. You can do this and many other variations found on the web, or just make one of your own.
Repeating meditation for depression once a day is good. Twice a day is great, and three times a day is excellent.
The more you use meditation for depression, the more you’ll exercise your mind to help it be in self control.
The self affirmations during the meditative is an excellent tool to communicate with your unconscious and tell it the positive things you want in life. Let your unconscious self do the rest of the work.
Practice this and the other depression self help tools in this website and you will be well on your way to end depression.
Health is Wealth. Taken from Health is Wealth article 17 June 2012. http://www.garyascott.com/2011/09/24/16452.html
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