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Mindfulness and Depression: Learning to Feel Good Again [ARTICLE]

09 Jul

Picture of Willoughby Spit on the Chesapeake Bay, Norfolk, VA USA

Willoughby Spit on the Chesapeake Bay, Norfolk, VA USA

Here’s a pretty good article on mindfulness – http://www.choosehelp.com/topics/depression/mindfulness-and-depressionI thought you might like it.

How many people use this? I have a really hard time sitting in one place for 20 minutes. I’ve done this once, in a Saturday session NAMI class. My “safe place” was the beach that’s across the street from me. Here’s a picture of it for you to enjoy!

If mindfulness is new to you, here’s a quick quote from the article that gives you the gist of it-

The main idea in mindful meditations is to look at your thoughts as fleeting curiosities. This is added to a perspective that we need to live in the present. Not to ruminate about the past or worry about the future. Now that already sounds good to people who suffer from depression. It is sort of like when I was a kid, and there was a big kid who would threaten me. My mother would tell me to ignore him. She said if you don’t react he’ll leave you alone. I said, “But he’s going to beat me up!” She told me that he is looking for a reaction and I need to let him find it somewhere else. I said, “but he’s picked on me in the past!” She said, “That’s in the past. Let it go!”

That’s the attitude you need for mindful meditation. You learn to ignore the threatening thoughts. Especially with negative, beating-you-up type thoughts, but also for any thought. In mindful meditation you learn how to observe your thoughts without letting them conquer you or control you or your emotions. You learn to detach yourself from your thinking in such a way that you can consciously decide whether or not the thought is worthwhile engaging or not.

Have you, or do you use mindfulness? Care to share with us in the Comments section? I’d love to hear what you have to say, my friend.

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13 responses to “Mindfulness and Depression: Learning to Feel Good Again [ARTICLE]

  1. Gale Wright

    07/12/2015 at 11:26

    I’ve been doing something like this a few times a week now that the weather is nice. I sit on the back steps at midnight or thereabouts and let my eyes adjust to the dark. Then I just breath and let the thoughts and feelings flow. Thoughts of the past are okay with me, though, because it’s just a fixation and interest of mine. I don’t need more things to bottle up. But doing so does give me the choice to decide to let it go and leave it in the past. This process seems to be helping with the depression and anxiety.

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    • Surviving the Specter

      07/12/2015 at 14:24

      Thank you so much for your comments, Gale. It is something I will have to discipline myself to do since I have the sitting attention span of a flea. Thank you for sharing your comments and experience with us. X

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  2. Tessa

    07/09/2015 at 21:23

    I can’t meditate or sit quietly and relax. My mind won’t stay in one place. I got a book called “The “Mindfulness Colouring Book” and I can sometimes relax enough to color in it.

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  3. gingersnap74

    07/09/2015 at 19:57

    I wanna be like you when I grow up 🙂

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  4. gingersnap74

    07/09/2015 at 19:54

    First of all, I’m not great at doing this. I’m a worrier and can sometimes be a dweller on past hurts. This is a great way to look at things. If you can recognize a threatening thought in the moment right when it happens…you can be ahead of the game instead of succumbing to it. Thanks Chris!

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    • Surviving the Specter

      07/09/2015 at 19:56

      Wise words as always, Chelise. It is OH SO hard for me to do this in the moment. I’ve gotten tons better at praying it out, and even before a situation if I can feel it starting to come to a head. X

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