A cure for Depression

You must have read about remedies for depression a 100 times, and visited doctors for medication several times. I have seen Depression ruling people’s lives and they are not aware of this problem until it’s too late. Depression is a very common phenomena that we see in today’s’ world. People are running after the materialistic pleasures and get upset once they are not able to achieve it. Depression is seen in people for various reasons and can affect all areas of life from sleeping to eating. It has become a million dollar business for pharmaceutical companies that produce antidepressants. These medicines can have serious side effects in the long run. Stress is the the cause of depression. Now, meditation is used as tool for relieving stress and thereby reduce the chances of depression in individuals. It is the most natural and effective method practiced by people today. Studies have shown that meditation is more effective than antidepressants in preventing depression.

Meditation can be very helpful for alleviating depression, whether it is caused by external events or chemical imbalances in the brain. Mindfulness meditation, an ancient buddhist meditation is one of the best tools for depression. It teaches people how to focus on the present moment.

Sit up Straight. To practice mindfulness meditation, you’ll first need to sit upright on a chair or on the floor. Choose a room without distractions. Do not face anything stimulating, like a television set or window. Try to face a blank wall if possible. Sit in a comfortable position. Focus on your breath rather than the feelings of discomfort. You can sit on the floor, a cushion, or a chair with a straight back. In order to make breathing easier, try to sit up straight when you’re meditating. Keep your hands on your thighs, facing downward. Keep your eyes somewhat opened, with your gaze focusing on the wall or floor. Make sure your hips are higher than your knees.

Keep your mind focused on the present moment. Once you are seated in a comfortable position, spend a few moments taking in the present moment. Be aware of your thoughts, your body, and your environment. Your mind will probably wander at some point. When this happens, gently bring your thoughts back to your body and your surroundings.

Concentrate on  your breath. After spending a few moments focusing on the present, focus your attention to your breath. Pay attention to how breath in and breath out of your lungs.Spend a few minutes breathing and focusing on the present. If your mind wanders, try to bring things back to the present. Keep your attention on your body and environment. Try to practice diaphram breathing by placing one hand on the chest and the other on your stomach. Breath in through the nose and exhale through your mouth in such a way that hand on the stomach rises while the one on chest remains the same. By doing this as many times you begin to feel calmed and emotionally slowed down.

Do not control your thoughts. After a few minutes of breathing, allow your mind to wander. Do not judge or control your thoughts. Just let them come and go naturally. Thoughts may arise when you meditate long enough, just allow them to come and go on their own.

Practice mindful meditation per week. Try to meditate a bit each day. By doing  this on  regular basis chances of depression would reduce to a great extent. Plan to meditate each day at your own at a comfortable timing and space.

Smita Jayakar, a legendary actress and an expert spiritual healer conducts various workshops based on chakra meditation and healing. For guidance and support in meditation and spiritual healing you can contact Smita at trust.newleaf@gmail.com or Contact Geetanjali Rao – 09870552909 to more about the workshops conducted by this expert healer. Reach out before depression becomes part of your lifestyle and a deep rooted problem.

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