Guided Imagery Meditation for Depression

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 days.  I have nothing so going in in my life that would warrant suicidal ideation.  I tell you this so that you those of you who think that the level of depression that I feel is trivial will know that it is not, and that if I find something that works for me then it might be worth a try for you, and perhaps you will give it a try.

So I went on Youtube an search from “meditations for depression”.  There are lots of guided imagery meditations specifically for depression out there.  There are “healing music for depression” videos that are supposed to work in whatever psychosensory way that they were designed to, or they may use meditation/hypnosis techniques and add-ons like binaural beats.  There is also a lot of stuff out there that either just isn’t for me, and quite frankly I don’t see how others would like them and find them helpful.  But that is a matter of personal preference and opinion, so I am only leading to videos that I found helpful.  Either they worked enough to pull me up to a point where I could write this, or they relaxed me and put me to sleep.  Of the two I prefer the first because it is better to have my state of mind altered then to just fall asleep.  Falling asleep is an escape.  Changing my state is an accomplishment.

So here are a couple of videos that worked for me tonight.  There is nothing to watch on these videos, so don’t worry about that.  Just get comfortable in a space where you will not be disturbed.  I have also added them to the appropriate section of the Self-Help Toolkit Menu on Breaking Depression and to the appropriate playlist of the Breaking Depression Youtube channel.

This next one is music only, so it might be good to get to sleep:

FREE 21 Day Meditation – “Finding Your Flow”

Take advantage of this FREE 21-day online meditation program called “Finding Your Flow” at the Chopra Center which is sponsored by Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Deepak Chopra. This meditation program is being offered for FREE starting (started) April 14th, 2014 and it runs for 21 days.  Each day’s session opens on its appointed day and is kept live for 5 days, so it’s not to late to get started!

I started the program today so I did session one in the morning, session two in the afternoon, and I will do session three this evening.  So I will be all caught up for tomorrows forth session.  You don’t have to do it like I did.  You can start from any day you wish or start from day one and just continue.  I don’t know how all the days will go but the first three days of meditation have been silent bija mantra meditation to soft relaxing music.  In the ancient sanskrit language where “bija” means “seed” and “mantra” means “sound”, each bija mantra corresponds to a particular chakra (energy center) of the body.  There are seven main chakras of the body and each is associated with a particular color, sound, physical area, and area of functioning of the body and mind.

So far in this particular meditation program soothing music plays in the background and there is a colorful picture from nature on the screen which displays the day’s theme, quote, and intention.  Oprah first introduces the day’s theme and then Deepak guides the meditation.  Since I am only aware of the 7 – 8 main bija mantras I’m not sure how the program proceeds from there.  You can get to the program by clicking one the following link:  “Finding Your Flow”

Namaste!

Intro video: