Depression and Anxiety A Yogic Cure

Depression and Anxiety : A Yogic Cure

A friend of mine shared an article with me recently entitled “Mutiny of the Soul” from UPLIFT. It chronicles the difficulties people face with depression and anxiety, so very common in today’s society.  The article says that while a diagnosis comes as a “relief”, in the sense that you know you aren’t imagining what you are experiencing, it presents a new problem: “How am I going to cure myself of this ailment”?

The article presents a very different way of looking at the cause of depression and anxiety.  It suggests that the problem is not our inability to be happy with the way things are in this world, rather the real problem might be our misunderstanding of where actual happiness can be found. So the question is: “Is the problem the world itself, or our own world view?

What rings true in this article is that when a person comes to a stage in their life when something deep inside them rebels against their accepted world view of happiness, that this is not a problem at all, but an opportunity for spiritual awakening—to reevaluate one’s true identity and purpose in life. And in order to fix the problem, we need to know the root cause; its origin.

In the ancient yoga scripture, Srimad-Bhagavatam, we find the following quote:

Simply by cleansing the cage of the bird, one does not satisfy the bird. One must actually know the needs of the bird himself.”

We, as spiritual beings, are spiritual in essence, and therefore require spiritual food.

By regularly engaging in Yoga Sound Meditation, our true self is awakened and we gradually become more and more satisfied within. In such a state, the outside world, with its myriad of problems, will no longer cause us depression and anxiety.  

Everyone needs refuge from the stress, anxiety, fear, loneliness, emptiness, and other aspects of life that can sometimes be overwhelming. Meditation relaxes the mind and body, increasing alertness and mental clarity, and brings us spiritual happiness. It is such a simple practice, yet with so many wonderful benefits.

Yoga sound meditation with breathing is one of my favorites. If you have a minute, grab a comfy cushion, or lie down on the floor and practice this ancient yoga sound meditation. It’s very easy and effective. Even if you don’t verbally participate, just listening to the yoga sound lifts a huge weight from your shoulders:

Many people have asked me for a compilation of meditation methods that I practice, so I put together 10 different methods of Yoga Sound Meditation in my Easy Meditation for Everyone Kit. Even just a few minutes of regular practice everyday can help you tremendously. If you are interested in applying meditation to your everyday life, this kit makes it very easy to follow and will help you in your quest to inner peace and happiness.Below is a 10 minute meditation video from the Easy Meditation Kit.

Wishing you well,
Wai Lana

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