Yesterday I trotted off to the last day of the Gyuto monks program, on the waterfront in Hobart. With a good turnout, todays topic is about depression and how to dismantle it or take it's power away.
I wonder..is there anyone out there how hasn't personally been touched by depression in some way?? Thinking back, I recall my first experience came while working with a budding young film maker, an amazing guy who was full of exuberance, life & love. One day I came to work and found him absent. PC as we affectionately called him, had taken his own life due to depression, we were stunned.
The hour has slipped by in what seems like five minutes. Gen Lama has left us with two good skills to trick our minds of the seeds of depression. Step 1: Hold a single viewpoint. Override a negative thought with a stronger positive affirmation, during meditation. So if your'e chastising yourself try focusing on a bright spot...i'e: My life is so amazing/creative/interesting. Sit on this thought until you feel a lightest of being come in. If your mind wanders just bring it back. Step 2: Meditate on your depression, feel it & speak with it. See it as wisdom, growth & insight coming to you. An awakening of sorts, compassion for others out there feeling the same way & understand that you are strong enough to cope. Maybe your depression is saving someone else from suffering it, in a way you are taking one for the Universal Team...
Gen Lama also left us with two final clinchers!!! 1. Thoughts count- What you think affects everyone. If you want to act compassionately then monitor your thoughts before actions.
2. Depression is self indulgent- If you were just surviving would you have the time or energy to be depressed and nurture it.
*This post is in no way judging, diagnosing or treating your depression, it is intended only as a sharing experience and it is recommended you seek professional advice for any individual case.