Friday, September 18

Tag: awareness

Mindful Monday: How do you depress?

Mindful Monday: How do you depress?

Buddhism, inner peace, mindfulness, Spirituality
I'm reading The Depression Book by Cheri Huber. It's pretty good. One thing she encourages is learning to see the patterns in how (not what) we depress. She suggests that when we are in a pit of depression on any given day, really tangled up in it, we get it all out on paper: not what we're depressed about (e.g., oh, my god, I'm a wreck, I can't do this project for school, how am I going to cope, blah blah), but the phrases that show what we're really afraid of underneath the story of our current problems, what we're assuming, and how we have created conditioned reactions to outside events or situations. The exercise shows how we do depression to ourselves rather than are victimized by external events. I spewed out a whole page of phrases like "It's all my fault," "I can't stand it anymore...

Mindful Monday: Stealing your own vegetables

I must have been simple or drunk or insane to sneak into my own house and steal money, to climb over the fence and take my own vegetables. But no more. I've gotten free of that ignorant fist That was pinching and twisting my secret self. --Rumi Unclenching the "ignorant fist" that is the running commentary in our minds is a most worthwhile aspiration. When we let the habitually negative judgments of ourselves, others, situations, and events degrade the quality of our lives, we pinch and twist our inner self. We can spend our entire lifetime lost in delusions of our own creation. Talk about masochistic! Come into the present moment. When we notice that we're beating ourselves up with yet another variation of the same old story of our inadequacy, we can use that noticing to wake up. If we...