Saturday, February 20, 2010
Mind, body, spirit and depression
A thousand things have saved my life today, some of them ideas, and I have God, the author of my spirit, to thank for all of them. Here are some ideas that are saving me regularly from the violence of my emotions, and helping me to heal my body.
When you’re a mental case, you don’t have to rely on your mind to get you out of your disorder. You can address your disordered emotions both in the moment and over time by means of spiritual and physical practice.
Depression and other emotional problems seem like convulsions of the spirit and/or physical bodies manifesting through the mental body. But if you try to pray, journal and meditate your way to mental health and stay inactive or fail to address physical problems, you are likely to waste away in confusion or anger. If you try to run or diet or eat or medicate your way out without knowing your spiritual self, same thing. If you use both spiritual abilities and physical abilities, the mind will join with flesh and spirit to create three-fold health, and each has it’s own fruits. Joy is a fruit of the spirit, as are love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23 These are some very good things to set your mind on – and depression is a void that begs to be filled if you try.
Physical practices that can help make you healthy are many and I’ll keep bringing them up. But right now I want to talk about spiritual practice.
Patanjali’s Healing States of Mind:
2. rejoicing in the success of others
3. compassion toward suffering
4. indifference toward the vice of others
That’s how I wrote it on an index card when I first found it. Patanjali was a scholar and religious figure of India’s classical past, considered the father of yoga and ayurveda. If you want to, look him up. That could be a spiritually healing activity for you – it paid off for me.
Have faith in your own happiness, what it is right now, it’s future. You know you are God’s Best Beloved.
And those healing states of mind - they work. I’ve tried them. That last one wasn’t taught in my own religious tradition, and I find it a great relief.
Thank you to my readers who have contacted me privately as well as those of you leaving comments, all the best, Jenni