Comments on: Meditation and depression https://www.wildmind.org Explore Meditation Online Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:24:30 +0000 hourly 1 By: DLG https://www.wildmind.org/applied/depression/comment-page-3#comment-1048490 Sat, 02 Sep 2017 04:39:36 +0000 https://test.wildmind.org/meditation-and-depression/#comment-1048490 Appreciate this effort. I’m a Buddhist and I’m interested in learning new methods to cope with depression. I’m sure if mind is the reason for our problems, only mind can provide the solutions. Meditation is just a part of Buddhism(dhana, seela, bhawana) and I’m sure that there are proven and tested methods to end suffering.

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By: Bodhipaksa https://www.wildmind.org/applied/depression/comment-page-3#comment-781445 Mon, 28 Sep 2015 12:21:41 +0000 https://test.wildmind.org/meditation-and-depression/#comment-781445 It would be normal to feel tired and run down before you even noticed the symptoms of your infection, so I think that’s the most likely explanation for how you’re feeling. It’s probably safe to keep on meditating, unless you find it becomes an opportunity for you to ruminate and spin stories, in which case wait until you’re feeling better. In other words, play it by ear.

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By: Velko https://www.wildmind.org/applied/depression/comment-page-3#comment-781434 Mon, 28 Sep 2015 09:56:16 +0000 https://test.wildmind.org/meditation-and-depression/#comment-781434 I am still dealing with the infection/inflammation i mentioned. And with this type of illness you barely sleep, cause there is constant urge to urinate, even if you just emptied your bladder. So it`s probably normal that i feel depressed. What makes it worse is that i don`t know how long could that last. What i wanted to say is, that i started to feel down, even before first symptoms occured. Now i don`t know if i should continue to meditate, should i wait for improvement… Maybe better so, cause i have problem concentrating, because of lack of sleep.

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By: Bodhipaksa https://www.wildmind.org/applied/depression/comment-page-3#comment-781350 Sun, 27 Sep 2015 17:55:02 +0000 https://test.wildmind.org/meditation-and-depression/#comment-781350 Well, it’s possible that you’re getting in touch with something that’s been present but that you’ve not been aware of, but it’s good to seek simpler answers first. If I feel depressed I’ll check out first of all whether I’m tired or hungry (or possibly in your case getting sick). All of those things can leave us feeling bad.

You haven’t said whether you’ve entered what seems like a prolonged period of depression or whether you just had a brief experience that has now passed. It’s not uncommon for people to come face to face with self-doubt in meditation, and to feel down for a while until they figure out how to stand back from those thoughts. It’s much rarer for meditation to trigger a full-fledged attack of depression.

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By: Velko https://www.wildmind.org/applied/depression/comment-page-3#comment-781348 Sun, 27 Sep 2015 17:10:52 +0000 https://test.wildmind.org/meditation-and-depression/#comment-781348 The last time i was really depressed was about 25 years ago. I have to say that i had some anxiety issues every now and then, but i wasn`t depressed since then. So i thought it could be connected with my current meditation sessions. Maybe it brought some underlying, unresolved emotion issue up, i guess. Just wondering, if that is common.. Thank you for the answer.

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By: Bodhipaksa https://www.wildmind.org/applied/depression/comment-page-3#comment-781344 Sun, 27 Sep 2015 14:26:14 +0000 https://test.wildmind.org/meditation-and-depression/#comment-781344 Have you experienced depression before, and this is a relapse. Velko? Or is this your first time? Is it possible that your infection is sapping your energy and causing your depression?

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By: Velko https://www.wildmind.org/applied/depression/comment-page-3#comment-781341 Sun, 27 Sep 2015 13:20:05 +0000 https://test.wildmind.org/meditation-and-depression/#comment-781341 Hi, Bodhipaksa!
I was really glad when i found this site, where you can find really great guided meditations and I started practice immediately both Lovingkindness meditation and Mindfulness of Breathing. One in the morning and the other before sleep. Already after two days i felt much better, much calmer (i was under lot of stress before), so i continued.. But after one week of practising it, the depression kicked in.. Like all kind of negative emotions bursted out, with intensity..In addition i`ve got badly urinary tract infection, which doesn`t seem to go away even after antibiotic treatment. Maybe that`s not even connected, but i had to mention. So, now i am a bit confused and wondering if that is normal, if i did something wrong, should i continue with meditations, stop it or just postpone it.. Please, help me with some advice, if you can.
All the best!

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By: Bodhipaksa https://www.wildmind.org/applied/depression/comment-page-3#comment-779077 Wed, 09 Sep 2015 23:12:48 +0000 https://test.wildmind.org/meditation-and-depression/#comment-779077 Hi, Chelsea.

First, let me apologize for the long delay in replying. Sometimes the comments mount up and there isn’t enough time to deal with them.

Second, I’m very sorry to hear of the loss of your son. I went through a miscarriage with a former partner, and it was one of the most painful experiences of my life. You have my total sympathy.

Meditation can certainly help with anxiety. That’s one of the things that it’s most well-known for. But at the same time it can make us more aware of our anxieties and if we have a tendency to anxiety then we can end up being anxious about being anxious and get into a vicious cycle. So if you do decide to take up meditation I’d highly recommend doing so with a teacher, so that you can get advice and support.

All the best,
Bodhipaksa

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By: Chelsea https://www.wildmind.org/applied/depression/comment-page-3#comment-778164 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 04:57:48 +0000 https://test.wildmind.org/meditation-and-depression/#comment-778164 Thank you for all of the information. In March I lost my son while I was 6 months pregnant. The pain was so terrible I turned to painkillers to try to kill my emotional pain and developed an addiction. On top of that I was fired from a job I love for reasons outside of my control. This has been the hardest period of my life, and I don’t want to rely on antidepressants. I will be patient and meditate in hopes it helps clear my mind and my heart.
Will meditation also help with anxiety?

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By: Bodhipaksa https://www.wildmind.org/applied/depression/comment-page-3#comment-773123 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:03:39 +0000 https://test.wildmind.org/meditation-and-depression/#comment-773123 Yes, it certainly can be, ch12. If you search on this site for OCD you’ll find several articles.

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