Depression is a catastrophe for individuals and their families and finding out How to deal with Depression can evade even the best of us. So medical interventions are needed and often work well. The psychotherapeutic dynamic also works very well and the difference between antidepressants and the work of shifting the minds state is that one heals and the other allows one to cope. So each individual needs to make their own treatment calls for themselves and do a multidimensional analysis on themselves and hit their problem with everything that they have. However, if you want to get from point A to point B change needs to happen. Not the idea or possibility of change but actual observable, behavioural change that makes your life better. How to understand this practically is to understand that when a person is kind and helps another person, another part of the brain switches on. New chemicals fire. Change happens even if one a minimal scale. When you admire people or the world or alternatively despise them, you get a different result. You become a different person over time. Depression can be the result of these minimal catastrophes that build up to meaninglessness and hopelessness over time.
“Meditating is also a means for you to move beyond your analytical mind so that you can access your subconscious mind. That’s crucial, since the subconscious is where all your bad habits and behaviors that you want to change reside.”
A depressed mind is not going to fix a depressed mind very easily at all. You need a system. A way to move beyond your analytical, calculating mind so that you can access your subconscious mind. When you do this you show up for yourself like Neo in the Matrix and start to work on your subconscious mind which is where all your behaviours, habits and the reality you have constructed over a lifetime reside. A new consciousness is easily capable of radically transforming everything you have ever thought, perceived, believed and understood to be possible. Depression is highly treatable, and now we have the roadmap to treat it.Mark L Lockwood BA(hons)(psy)
The main triggers of depression are stress and anxiety. Meditation interrupts the thinking process and helps alter those feelings and thoughts by training your brain to focus on one thing. When negative thoughts come knocking, the brain returns to that focus point, allowing the negative emotions and physical sensations to pass. So you don’t stay cynical and negative and expect a different result like happiness. How to deal with Depression involves the use of affirmations, contemplation, meditation and practice in general to make change or healing and transformation happen. Nothing happens without a cause. This is the hero’s journey that you need to take if you’re depressed, if you feel pressed down by life.
10 tips for prepping your body, heart mind for healing your depression symptoms for good
- Eat healthily. Drink lots of water. Make sure you eat plenty of omega-3.
- Walk. Walk. Walk. Walking is still the best exercise a human being can do. Like reading and writing are amazing tools for the brain, so walking is for the body, heart, mind. The sunlight, fresh air and visual stimulus will benefit you as well. You will also sleep better.
- Do reading and writing activities twice a day. Buy that journal and wrote do people who inspire you and learn from them. Don’t just listen to them, study them.
- Meditate twice a day for 20 minutes each time. Use our meditation playlist. Meditate while you walk with a walking meditation. Put yourself to work #selfwork and get the benefits of that work.
- Insist on living only 1 day at a time. ‘Just for today’ is an affirmation that you should make a habit to use all the time. Each day has enough worry of its own. The present moment is very powerful so forget the past and leave the future alone. Live in the now, 1 day at a time.
- Connect with nature, other people and yourself. In this way you will find meaning in life. Take a risk to smile at others and greet them. Pat the dogs you pass and notice the tress, birds and sunsets. Touch water, sand, trees and animals as much as possible. There is power in these connections. Call or message people everyday, like meaningful posts and share them and expect nothing in return.
- Find what Mark calls ‘certainty in change’. You need a strong sense of safety, security and certainty of who you are deep down inside. There can be no change at all without certainty that you can manage the uncertainty of life as it unfolds. You will always be ok, if not great. You will always be able to feed yourself and nurture yourself if you really have to. Take solace in that. Build from here. Use the CQM meditations to help you embrace uncertainty and move out of the addictive past.\
- Work the quintuple T’s. Three Things To Transform Today. Start everyday with jotting down 3 things you can go above today. JFT (just for today). They will add up to something significant over time. Never doubt that putting a few pieces of a puzzle together everyday can create a clear picture of your future reality.
- Notice and wake up to your internal dialogue. Don’t perpetuate a negative attitude and then expect positive results. The math won’t work. Change what you talk about. Stop gossiping, badmouthing and doomsday chatting with or about people. Think more positively whenever you remember to do so and you will slowly shift you energy, thoughts and emotions around in a positive way. Have a ‘this too shall pass’ mentality instead of being addicted to negativity, which is highly addictive in itself. Avoid black and white thinking because life is not all bad or all good. Find the magical spaces in between these thoughts.
- Be grateful and give back. As you wake up so thank you 3 times for another chance at finding contentment and joy. Hear a bird tweet, see a red rose, joy on someones face, a happy dog or come across an inspirational song or twee; thank you, thank you, thank you. Meditate and say thank you three times. Eat breakfast and do the same. Give someone an old sweater or a tin of food and they will say thank you to you. Then you will see the miracle of how the universe works. On Yin and Yang. Blessings to you as you try these tips and see the change for yourself.
Learn what you must not keep doing on one hand. On the other learn what you should be doing (verb) to heal and transform your life. It is not just possible, it is the very meaning of our lives. To conquer and overcome the persona self-made self and become the being you know you should be. This awakening process is possible for everyone all the time. The ego and mind make us think that our problems are special and different. This is where we are metaphorically wondering around in the desert wilderness. It is where we worship the wrong gods so to speak and depression, anxiety and stress come so that we are driven first into the wilderness, where change happens and then find our way through it. The catastrophe of depression therefore has meaning beyond what we might first think. Learning How to deal with Depression through handing over, getting into the present moment and developing God realization may just be the whole point of everything!
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Your heart needs to be open and activated. This is first. If your mind is stuck your intellect is not going to help you enough. When you open your heart the research shows that new energy moves to your brain, to the receptors there that activate awe and wonder and inspiration. So activating empathy even if you fake it at first is a good start. How do you fake it? Use your imagination rather than your memory. Your memory is what you were yesterday so get rid of it. Shift towards the new and towards imagination. Towards assuming the feelings in your body, not mind, of the wish you want fulfilled. If you do that often enough you will heal and meditation and contemplation will fast track this process one thousand fold.
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different resultsPossibly Albert E
Unlock the code of change
If you want to heal and transform your life and learn How to deal with Depression it will take two things. Effort and belief. Put those together and you cannot fail. Why not start change with a walking meditation. Get up and go for a walk. Use headphones and open your body, brain and heart together. What we do with our Walking Meditation for Transformation meditation is create something entirely new in the body, heart and mind. That may sound impossible, yet we have gained scientific data and have testes, and re-tested the work with dozens of people from all over the world. These people who suffered everything from personality disorders, anxiety, deep depressions and some physical and emotional issues that were caused by stress and burnout did the work and then improved. Drastically! The work is revolutionary for many people because if you have suffered with something for many years that holds you back, and you’re given tools to acutely create improvements for yourself then it’s something to get very excited about. The healings border on the miraculous and the beauty of it all is that the healing is tracked, recorded, analysed and studied by professionals in the human sciences that sometimes find the gains people make through the work almost unbelievable at first. Without getting to complicated or complex about our Contemplative Intelligence Meditations or CQM’s what people need to know is that if depression for example is stored in one part of the brain and happiness and gratitude in another, we need to shift ourselves physiologically and neurologically for change to happen on a faster and deeper level than most have experienced it before.
What we are doing about learning How to deal with Depression through doing the work is shifting energy up through body-heart-brain. Each of us have energy centres in our bodies. Now you can have a feeling of energy in your legs once day with very little energy in your upper body. In this way to the mind can have more energy for sleeping, eating and drinking than it does for creating your best work or feeling a sense of awe and gratitude. This tends to differ for most people who are new to the work on a daily basis. You can change your energy upward instantly when you hear music you like or when someone says something complementary and positive to you. Likewise if you feel insulted, hurt, betrayed or victimised in some way by someone else your energy can lower. What science teaches us today is that we can shift energy around the body by using the power of thought. But you should know this already. When you change your energy, you change your life. Your energy is like the frequency of sound. It is highly adaptable and immensely powerful. All the light you see for example is energy and energy is frequency, and all frequency carries information and puts this information together into one long wave length. So when you actively align energy and proteins and molecules together you are actually changing your body from the inside out just with the power of thought.
The story of Janis Schonfeld’s depression Miracle
Janis Schonfeld, a 46-year-old interior designer living in California, had suffered with depression since she was a teenager. She’d never sought help with the condition until she saw a newspaper ad in 1997. The UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute was looking for volunteer subjects for a drug trial to test a new antidepressant called venlafaxine (Effexor). Schonfeld, a wife and mother—whose depression had escalated to the point where she had actually entertained thoughts of suicide—jumped at the chance to be part of the trial.
When Schonfeld arrived at the institute for the first time, a technician hooked her up to an electroencephalograph (EEG) to monitor and record her brain-wave activity for about 45 minutes, and not long after that, Schonfeld left with a bottle of pills from the hospital pharmacy. She knew that roughly half of the group of 51 subjects would be getting the drug, and half would receive a placebo, although neither she nor the doctors conducting the study had any idea which group she had been randomly assigned to.
Schonfeld agreed to return every week for the entire eight weeks of the study. Not long after she started taking her pills, Schonfeld began feeling dramatically better for the first time in her life. Finally, at the end of the eight-week study, one of the researchers revealed the shocking truth: Schonfeld, who was no longer suicidal and felt like a new person after taking the pills, had actually been in the placebo group. Schonfeld was floored. She was sure the doctor had made a mistake. She simply didn’t believe that she could have felt so much better after so many years of suffocating depression simply from taking a bottle of sugar pills. As she sat there in shock, the doctor insisted that just because she hadn’t been getting any real medication, it didn’t mean that she had been imagining her depressive symptoms or her improvement; it only meant that whatever had made her feel better wasn’t due to Effexor.
And she wasn’t the only one: The study results would soon show that 38 percent of the placebo group felt better, compared to 52 percent of the group who received Effexor. We know that Janis’s story is far from unique. When you do the work on taking the mind to new places and opening up your heart and body to new healing experiences we know that miracles in How to deal with Depression happen find us!
Heal Depression and stress with Meditation
Remember that where focus goes energy flows and if you focus all your energy on feelings of awe and gratitude and joy imagine a frequency being formed by these wavelengths like those emitted from a satellite tv station. They are intensely focused and then beamed in unison down to your television set where you can see a complete complex image in realtime. Imagine what unfocused energy that is out of alignment creates. It would form a garbled picture and confusion and uncertainty would result. You wouldn’t be able to see the wood for the tress and this is what is putting us into extended periods of survival mode.
Now the same goes for your heart. Your heart carries sets of cells and proteins and tissues that all on the same wavelength which creates a heartbeat. These cells are all acting in perfect coherence because they are vibrating at the same frequency. This creates a great Heart Rate Variability that will bring health and strength to your entire being. When all the cells are operating in disharmony and chaos we call this a mental or emotional health issue that will eventually become a biological issue. Imagine a hundred drummers beating to the rhyme of the same drum. That would be powerful and clear right! Now imagine these hundred drummers all beating their own drum out of time. That is what we do with energy left to run riot in our bodies and we wonder why our thinking and emotions become disordered. Emotions are energy in motion.
So let’s tap into this energy today and access a more powerful frequency as we learn How to deal with Depression. You have 7 chakras or energy centres in your body and today we will work with Body which is red in colour, heart which is green in colour and mind which is purple in colour. When we say red, green or purple take all your focus to that energy centre and learn today to be the creator of your own destiny and watch how you can shift power around and through your body. Energy that is capable of healing whatever ailments, disorders or dis-ease holds you back.
Allow your self to be caught up in this process. Allow yourself to go beyond your personality. You are not your personality and you have the potential to create new energy, new frequencies, thoughts and feelings that will create a new, powerful and stronger body-heart-mind being for you.
First, let’s move your brain waves into delta where we activate a relaxed state. Let’s get started and enjoy this healing CQM walking meditation.
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MORE ABOUT MARK L LOCKWOOD’S DEPRESSION WORK
Mark L Lockwood BA(hons)(psy) is a teacher of self reliance and spiritual transformation. Holding two degrees in psychology, thousands of hours in individual and group therapy time treating depression, personality disorders and stress. He has decades of experience in his field and has used this knowledge gained in inpatient treatment to help people heal their lives in short periods of time by making change happen with a scientifically proven system of change. Aside from his primary passion of teaching self-actualization, Mark is also one of the most qualified life-strategist’s and addiction psychology specialists on the continent.
Mark runs the world renowned Center for Healing and Life Transformation in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. He is making a difference to the lives of thousands of people who have yearned for a higher quality, balanced and successful lifestyle through his healing work with people from all over the world.
Marks experience with healing people with deep, long term issues like depression, anxiety, grief and meaninglessness has spanned two decades. The research gained from understanding how and why his methods worked when little else had helped his clients has been put into a powerful program that is taught at his Rewire events and at The Center for Healing to reach more and more people every year and help them actually heal their lives themselves. Having learned the science of psychology, neuroscience and studying the impact of medicine on clients as well as having studied all the major religions around the world Mark has exhaustively researched the science of change, healing and actual life transformation. “Change is something people can actually do for themselves…they shouldn’t wait for a doctor to heal them one day! With a system of knowing how to change your mind, your body, your emotions and a life’s worth of programming anyone deserves the right to heal and recover.”
“Change is something people can actually do for themselves…they shouldn’t wait for a doctor to heal them one day! With a system of knowing how to change your mind, your body, your emotions and a life’s worth of programming anyone deserves the right to heal and recover.”Mark L Lockwood
A PERSONAL NOTE FROM MARK
Everyone is capable of change, however ships are built, they don’t come in. We all suffer the inevitable trauma of life in our youth. Our brains run programs to help us survive and find certainty in an uncertain world. These programs soon become outdated and turn against our own desires of personal evolution and growth. We become entrenched in our personalities that we have developed over decades. These ‘masks’ imprison us and before we know it we are using these programs to cope and survive rather than arrive or thrive. That is depressing in itself. We are all creates with unlimited potential and we al have a burning desire to fulfil that need. When we learn how to go past our genetic, learned tendencies a new consciousness soon emerges. When we become aware and then create this change the miraculous happens and we are set free to explore a new world of unlimited potential. This is the science of finding your spiritual self and it is a marvellous and wondrous journey into new and unknown territory, mystery and bliss is available to everyone who is willing to do the work to get there. #meditation #healingmeditation #mindfulnessmeditation #spiritualmeditation #healing #spiritual #selflove #motivation #nature #selfcare #inspiration