Meditation and depression are polar opposites. Once meditation becomes a regular part of your life, depression has no choice but to leave you.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines depression as a state of feeling sad, hopeless and unimportant; a serious medical condition in which a person is unable to live in a normal way.
Meditation, on the other hand, is a state of happiness, optimism and connectedness, where the individual feels oneness with all creation.
Symptoms of depression
Major causes of depression
Losing someone close to you or dealing with stressful situations at work results in negative emotions of grief, fear and anger that can lead to depression over time, if those feelings are left unchecked.
Continuing emotional trauma affects you at the physiological level too by reducing the level of serotonin in your body. Low levels of serotonin cause depression, as the hormone is linked to almost all the vital functions of the body like sleep cycle, appetite, energy level, alertness and mood.
How meditation helps
Meditation boosts the level of serotonin in the body. Even when done for short durations (less than 20 minutes), meditation results in increased levels of serotonin, both in beginners and advanced meditators.
Meditation also increases the level of GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid), a major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. GABA is best known for stabilizing mood disorders and controlling anxiety, tension, insomnia and epilepsy.
Simple meditation to fight depression
For an auditory person, who finds it easier to focus on a sound than on the breath, meditating with their own personal, unique mantra (beej mantra) will be more effective.
During meditation, attending to the breath or chanting a mantra bring a laser-like focus to the mind. And since the mind can only hold one thought at a time, such a focus allows you to break free of the continuous cycle of restless thoughts plaguing you.
Soon, your thoughts will stop torturing you.
You will also be able to disassociate from any "garbage" that your mind creates to destroy your self-confidence.
With regular practice, you will become depression free by regaining control over your mind and thoughts.
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