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Any advice on meditation for depression and stress?

I do zen meditation, just concentrating on my breath. I just started meditating regularly again about 2 weeks ago. I’m dealing with severe depression and anxiety, and I realize that meditation is the only way to really change myself from within. But, it’s very difficult to sit still usually, because I have so much on my mind and have a hard time facing my pain.

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2nd edit: In my opinion, meditation is a fascinating journey to embark on. If you practise meditation long-term, it can help you learn about your emotions and how to cope with them better. But it is not the answer for treating moderate or severe depession… depression is a serious health problem that needs to be dealt with by a doctor. For people who have depression or other mental health conditions, meditation can bring up issues that a person may not be ready to deal with at that time without any support… i’d advise you to seek help with the depression… Read more »

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You might benefit from a more “active” technique like chanting to help control the “monkey mind” phenomena which is more acute with severe depression and anxiety. Meditation is simply learning to live in the moment, when nothing distracts you and when you are not tied to the past or anxious about the future. In meditation you become peacefully aware of your real self. The more you use it, the more aware you become. When you learn to live life for each moment, to enjoy and appreciate life to the fullest at that moment, you suddenly become impervious to the myraid… Read more »

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concentration on your breath is Samatha meditation. This kind of meditation makes u calm down. It can help you just only a period of time. If you stop practice your confusing mind will recover again. If you try to sit in order to meditate, your mind will be forced so you cannot get the good result. Now you need to be relax first. You have to leave your problem and the cause of anxiety and isolate yourself in the place that soothes you(wherever you feel peaceful and fresh) It can be your favorite conner in your house. Then try to… Read more »

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See depression treatments, at http://www.ezy-build.net.nz/~shaneris on page 2, and stress, on page 7, and employ the other treatments, too. Try the other meditation techniques, and the EFT.

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By forsaking yourself through seeking you’re becoming depressed.
If you’re using meditation to alter your state of mind….. that is seeking.
Stop running from what you are already to find something better.
What you are is the here and now.

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Your mind needs a rest from the thoughts causing you depression and anxiety. A hypnotist taught me the following, to do after your deep breathing: Repeat 5 times to yourself as you are visualizing and feeling the following: – my arms and legs are warm and heavy (5X) – my heartbeat is slow and steady (5X) – my solar plexus is warm like the sun and radiates up and down my body and into my extremities. (5X) – my cares exit out the top of my head and go up into the clouds, where they turn into raindrops, then fall… Read more »

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Joyce A

Yes, I understand. When you try to clear your mind, thoughts start to enter, and then you’re dealing with a jumble of disjointed thoughts, overlapping, disturbing, and negative. Right? Have you tried positive affirmations, instead of meditation? This helps me more than anything. I have a written list of my favorite positive affirmations, and I read them at the beginning of each day. I repeat them as necessary throughout the day. Often it seems that if I expect negative things that’s what I’ll get, and if I expect positive things, they’ll come. There’s a ton of books out there, and… Read more »

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Take 9 deep breaths & hold until you pass out. Free your mind.