Depression is cited by the World Health Organization as a leading contributor to the "global burden of disease". Depression is a major human problem. Many of us have suffered from depression at some point in our lives and some of us contend with chronic depression too. Most of us know someone who is depressed. We can help.
Chuck and Janie: "Depression may involve feelings of sadness, dejection, melancholy, enervation and victimization. It stems from a loss we haven’t gotten over.
Depression is closely associated with a lack of self-esteem, depression is our refusal to go on in life after experiencing a loss, a shattered dream or a major disappointment."
Janie: "Whatever upsetting or even devastating loss we have experienced has brought up powerful emotions for us. Depression results when we dissociate from these painful emotions, wall then off and repress them.
This dissociation leaves us with less to engage with life: less excitement, less happiness, less fun, less of ourselves to join with others. When you multiply this by many losses and upsets you can see how depression becomes more and more serious.
Feeling feelings, re-associating with our feelings, however painful, however strong is a postive healing step to take with depression."
Feeling Your Feelings as a Key to healing depression.
One really good way of working on healing depression is by ‘feeling your feelings’. Feelings are emotions. Only emotions. Feeling our feelings helps because it releases trapped emotion which is one of the underlying causes of depression. In depression we have buried emotions, left them trapped, and dissociated from them.
A good way to 'feel your feelings' is to bring up the strongest emotion that you are feeling, whatever it is, and feel it and feel into it more and more deeply, allowing it to release, until the feeling is gone and you feel a different feeling. Feel this too, exagerrate it even - until it is gone. You will probably need to do this many times, releasing whatever emotion comes up for healing. You may find it helpful to play music to bring the emotions to the surface. Set aside time and ask your Spirit for help.
Depression is a multifaceted, multilayered problem. It's important to be patient when you are working with your depression and seek help from your medical Doctor as you need to.
3rd October 2010
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