3 Meditations for Healing From Depression

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Silent Sitting Meditation May be Difficult

It is said that the Buddha gave 84,000 different kinds of teachings to meet the needs of every kind of being. That spirit of an individually tailored approach may be exactly what is needed to break through into meditation practice.

Can’t Sit Still? 3 Styles Of Meditation To Help You Develop A Habit by…

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Secret to Success

The most important secret to developing a successful meditation practice is to practice every day.

Two rules to remember:

  1. Consistency matters more than the length of time.
  2. Quality matters more than quantity.

When to practice:

  • Start with ten minutes a day, first thing in the morning. This way you will have done your meditation before other activities and demands can distract you. Then each week lengthen your practice by five more minutes, so that you are gradually and steadily increasing the time.

Meditation can be particularly difficult if you are depressed, exhausted or feeling down. In that case, silent sitting may not be the most accessible starting point.

From the perspective of Buddhism, mental and emotionally induced depression would be associated with a closed off or frozen mind state in which one has shut down from diverse feelings and sensations. Meditation practices that would be an antidote could be more stimulating, sense based practices which heighten attention and presence and rely on visceral awareness. Practices such as mantra recitation, guided meditation and somatic meditations are great places to start.

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Tibetan Medicine

Are these meditations solutions to depression? Not necessarily since depression can have multiple causes. Remember to take a multifaceted approach. Resolving any state of dis-ease requires understanding the cause and from the point of view of Tibetan Medicine, this could be numerous factors including physical, emotional, circumstances and so forth. However caring for the body is always an accessible starting point to care for the mind. It can make the emotional and mental work much easier. This is why addressing the physical issues such as diet, supplements, detoxification and cleansing are paramount. This especially includes adding in digestive spices in your foods, including fermented foods and especially probiotics. These days – science is catching onto gut ecology as a major factor in depression.  This includes cutting out white flour, white sugar and wheat.

Pema Khandro
Pema Khandro is a Tibetan Buddhist scholar, humanitarian, and teacher in the rare lineage of Tibet’s Buddhist Yogis. Raised in the west, ordained in the Nyingma lineage, enthroned as a tulku and trained as an academic, Pema Khandro presents both a traditional perspective and a modern voice. Read more at: https://www.pemakhandro.org/pema-khandro-extended-biography/

  1. Interestingly, I had just fallen into a very toxic mind state which became depression just a few days before this post arrived. I see the roots of this in my everyday ways but usually I am in a good mood. I see first hand how challenging are poisoned mind states!! How much compassion I feel for people so affected!!

  2. Glad the article showed up with good timing! Yes I agree, its amazing how intoxicating our own mind states can be. I am grateful to have learned meditation and mantra practices.

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