Are you depressed?

This is one of the modern lifestyle diseases hitting even the young people today. It is common to hear people say “I am depressed”. What is the meaning of depression? Usually people focus on the symptoms and miss the underlying cause. The symptoms can include feelings of sadness, anxiety, emptiness, hopelessness, helplessness and worthlessness, guilt, irritability, shame, restlessness and loss of interest in day-to-day activities.

But what is the cause?

Anxiety is the gap between what you want and what is happening. You are trying to control life by demanding what outcome you want from certain people and situations. The external world seems more overwhelming than you can deal with. You are on the verge of giving up.

Is it the right thing?

Know that when you control life, it loses its natural intelligence that is designed to give you everything that is due to you. You cannot desire anything from the external world, unless you become what you desire. So to change the world, change yourself. If you quit now, you will need to come back and face the same lessons over and over again, until you learn to deal with them. So try not to escape, but learn what has to be learned. After all life flows with the intention of self – realisation. You are not here in this world to educate, have family, play some role, earn money, enjoy and leave all behind. These are just tools to help you realise your true nature.

So what should I do?

Identify the feelings that are causing the distress. Feel them and then release them from the mind. When these dark clouds scatter, you will see a ray of hope. There are people who will come forward and help you. Circumstances are ever changing and they will change for the better. Nothing is the end. What looks like the end, is the start of a new beginning. Everything is “Purnam”, perfect for the moment. See the signs. Where are they leading you? See the Universe as kind and loving, guiding you towards realising your pure Divine Self within. Develop faith and trust in yourself. Only you, and only you I repeat, will be able to help yourself and for that, go within yourself. Tap that immense ocean of hope, love and joy within yourself.

I need help!

• Start meditating.
• Close your eyes and feel your breathe go in and out for 15 minutes.
• As your awareness wanders, bring it back to the breath.
• In time you will develop mind control.
• Meet a Counsellor.Talk your problems aloud. It will help you and them to analyse the root cause.

Know that you are born with a unique life purpose and only connecting with that will give you support and happiness in life. For that, accept yourself the way you are today and go within.

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