Please join me at 7:00 pm for a 12-hour watch party of music, dance, meditation, and magic happenings at the celebration of MahaShivaRatri from the Isha Yoga Center located in Coimbatore at the foothills of the Velliangiri Mountains in southern India, Isha Yoga Center is a sacred space for self-transformation, […]
I was feeling really depressed tonight. When I say “really depressed” it means depressed enough to wish that I could leave this life. But I have children who love me and whose development would be severely impacted by such a thing. There is no great tragedy in my life these […]
I am feeling very depressed today. I have been in bed for the last three days. It feels like someone sucked all of the joy out of me. Most things I try to do, the techniques I know that can help, seem too hard to do right now. Notice that […]
I am no scientist, doctor, or scholar. But I have suffered for over 25 years from Depression and I am a student of it. I look for any and every way to Break Depression as long as it hurts no one. When people talk of Heaven and Hell I tell […]
Nadi Shuddhi (altornet nostril breathing) is an excellent practice that takes just 5 minutes to do. It reduces stress, balances energies, oxygenates blood, improves respiration, and calms you down. Often times if I do AUM chanting my voice is week and shaky. After I do Nadi Shuddhi my voice is strong and steady. June 21st is International Yoga Day. Yoga, especially pranayama (breath control), and meditation are exceptional landscapers of the the brain. In other words, they slowly and steadily make you mind more calm and clear and able to handle anxiety, anger, and depression if done regularly.
What if you had a friend who would tell you that your stress level was rising and the reason for your stress? How much better would your days go? Wouldn’t you stop the response if it was not serving your purpose? It can be done and it is important for […]
I want to tell you about a program that really was/is a miraculous blessing to me. Several years ago in the midst of a brutal depressive episode that had lasted for several torturous years I was desperately looking for something to help me. I had active suicidal ideations. I was […]
Here are two videos “How To Deal With Depression” and “How to Stop Feeling Depressed” by a Noah Elkrief. I could summarize the videos for you but I believe that would be a disservice because it would sabotage their purpose which is to help you to experientially know what he […]
I know that it may be hard to feel grateful when you are depressed, but I can assure you that there is something to be grateful for. Even at times when I was in long protracted periods of immense suffering I still could still find things to be grateful for. […]
“Get something from it! You’re already in pain. Us it! Do something with it! Allow it to take you to the next level! Allow you pain to take you to the next level!” That’s why it’s there, to take you to the next level.
“Recycle your pain.”
Get back up again, and again, and again, and again. I did it every day several times a day for years. I still do it. Get back up again!!!
There is a lethargy, a true draining of vital life energy that prevents people with Depression from doing what they have to do for themselves. When I am in the pit of depression I sometimes feel like I can’t go downstairs and get something to eat. Often times I don’t and I go hungry. I can’t pick out my clothes. It’s just too hard. So I ware what I wore yesterday that I threw on the floor next to my bed. Sometimes I think that if the house caught fire I wouldn’t have the strength to get out. That’s how brutal Depression can be. It’s not living. It’s just existing. That’s not how life has to be.
I have found moments of strength when someone else was in need. In certain emergencies I’d rise to the occasion and crash after it did what needed to be done. In my sadness and longing to die I have counseled others back from the brink, and they had no idea how much pain I was in because I did not let them know. I was there for them and that gave me some sense of worth. Sometimes it even made me happy. The following video illustrates the power of service, the power of helping others even when you can’t help yourself. If you keep on doing it, little by little you will come alive again.
Beware, I’m going to use that three letter word that some people find more offensive than all of the four letter words, GOD! If you have read my FAQ then you would know that I add the “GOD” tag to all posts where I mention “God”, “The Creator”, “The Source”, “Source Energy”, “Shiva”, “Allah” “El Shaddai”, “Adanoi”, “YHWH”, “Yahweh”, “Jehovah”, or any other number of names given to the Creator by various religions. I read the Bible at least four times during those years and beyond and I learned new things each time I read it, and it helped me get through. Do I believe everything I read? Not exactly. The Bible is sometimes literal, sometimes, mythical, sometimes parable, and the same verses can be interpreted different ways, so this learning may not result in “knowing”. It may nearly result in “belief”. Either way it can be beneficial because what we believe shapes how we interpret our existence and everything in it and what we think my lie beyond.
If you believe in “a higher power” then that is your right and I respect that. I nor anyone else has the right to judge you. If you choose to not believe in “a higher power” then that is your right and I respect that, and again I nor anyone else has the right to judge you. So I would appreciate it if you would permit me to have my belief and write about how it has helped me because perhaps there is a chance it will help you. If you think, “no way” then there is no reason for you to read this page any further because it has the “GOD” tag.
I can tell you that from my experience, knowledge, and perception I KNOW that God exists. This business that people have saying “my God” and “your God” is a bunch of nonsense. Every religion likes to claim their own God and all of the monotheistic religions say there is only one God. And everyone seems to have different names for God so they all fight about it, go to war about it, and slaughter people about it. Not very Holy behavior. But all of these religions have a word that is common to all of them, and that word is “God”. So what’s the problem? Please don’t answer that. It is a rhetorical question. I will not argue.
AA and all 12 Step programs talk about the importance of admitting that you are not capable of beating your addiction alone and they therefor ask that you give this up to a “Higher Power” as you choose to define that. At the very least, a “higher power” refers to something greater than yourself, or in other words, Grace.
I can tell you that my belief in God helped my through six years of hell. I did not “walk through the valley of the shadow of death”, I lived there. For six miserable years non-stop I lived there. I cried out to God and nothing happened. And I cried out some more and nothing happened. And then I cried out to God some more and something did happen, and it was miraculous. It was Grace! But it didn’t last. But if I experienced it once, then I know I could experience it again somehow, someday.
In 2011 I found Sadhguru Jaggie Vasudev, a mystic guru from India who was not your average guru. The dude had a Hummer, a dirt bike, he flies a helicopter, and he does some crazy amazing energy stuff that I won’t get into right now, but I can tell you that millions of people pay attention to him because I is constantly and certainly in touch with Grace, and I found myself on a spiritual path. The difference between a religion and a spirituality is simply that through religion you learn sets of beliefs and ideologies and accept them as fact. On the spiritual path you keep your accept nothing as fact until you experience it. This requires an open mind. As I have said before, “To know is that I do not know”, and attitude leaves me open to everything. So I have had experiences that have led me to KNOW, not to believe, but KNOW that God exists. And that knowledge leaves me open to experience Grace. So what is Grace? I’ll let the guru explain it to you:
The following video is a mantra (sound) based meditation technique called the Release Meditation Technique by Brendon Burchard. It is practiced by listening to a particular soundtrack and chanting a particular mantra (sound) which is the word “Release”. In similar fashion to Transcendential Meditation (TM) the mantra can be chanted aloud getting softer and softer until the mantra is only repeated silently in the mind. But Unlike TM in which one is assigned one’s own personal mantra upon initiation, this mantra “Release” used by all who practice this meditation. I found the music to be extremely relaxing and conducive to getting into a meditative state, and it would probably work wonderfully with any other mantra that one might wish to use. You can download the background soundtrack for free from iTunes or SoundCloud.
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if the mind is not distracted or stilled it is constantly producing sad and angry thoughts about the past, or fearful and worrisome thought about the future. Meditation, which comes in numerous type and styles can offer you peace and clarity. At the very least, meditation can provide relaxation. If you haven’t meditated before, or you have tried other forms of meditation and did not find them effective then I urge you then give OSHO – A Course in Meditation a try today.
Please don’t take the following essay as a sign that I am suicidal. I am not. I am sad at times regarding my circumstances, but I am fine. I’m just using some poetic license to make my point about the ego and the pain of both resisting and choosing to […]
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