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Sunday, April 10, 2005

The Zen Path through Depression

I haven't read this book, but there are some excerpts on the linked page for those who are interested.
In dealing with the pain of depression -- or of being alive -- it is necessary first to accept the pain and to stop trying to run from it. Its orgins, causes, and solutions are not as important as our acceptance of it and our intimacy with it.

Meditation gives us a great opportunity to do this. In making a commitment to a meditation practice, we also commit ourselves to try not to run from the pain, but instead to explore and investigate it.

When we investigate, we begin to see how we judge our pain, and how we react to it.


Blogger GreenSmile said...

Meditation gives us a great opportunity to do this

And medication robs us, even those not schooled in meditation, of this opportunity. When the mind itself seems to be the locus and origin of the discomfort, what a great teachingmoment it is for consciousness to take the leap to "oh, look what miserable state my mind is in" detatchment.

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