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Depression is a common mental health disorder that seems to be on the rise across the United States. It appears that so many people are frustrated with common treatments that they have sought alternative therapy treatments. Meditation appears to be the number one choice when it comes to alternative methods. Meditation has been known for relieving stress and allowing a person to be mindful of the present moment.
Depression is a disorder that can lower a persons’ self-esteem, loss of interest, and changes a person’s mood. The number of people being treated for depression and other mood disorders are surprisingly high. The rise can be contributed to the bad economy, loss of employment and the excessive number of people not knowing if they will have shelter and food.
Meditation Used as an Alternative Therapy
Not only have traditional treatments with medication and psychotherapy failed a lot of people in the past, but those forms of treatment can be costly. More people today have sought alternative therapy treatments and in their search found meditation. This natural therapy route has worked for many people. According to Tara Brach, “meditation is becoming the holding of suffering”, (Brach, Kornfied). Meditation allows a person to embrace his life in a form of relaxation that lowers stress and anxiety, as well as, using a natural alternative to bring depression symptoms under control.
When people do mediation, which is a alternative natural therapy, they find a quiet place, sometimes burn candles and listen to music for guidance through the process. This type of environment allows a person’s mind to get into a natural state and forget about what is going on in his surroundings. The moment is then taken to be mindful of the now and naturally release the stress and tension from his body. Because depression can sometimes bare such a heavy burden this natural alternative therapy has done wonders. The more that this Eastern traditional practice is done, the more it is able to naturally relieve stress, depression and anxiety. Overtime, the practice can transfer into a person’s everyday life and that is when the natural results their norm.
Many people say that meditation is an excellent natural alternative therapy practice for a person who has depression. But the question is at what extreme is meditation not enough for lowering depression? Can depression help a person who has a form of depression that is either extreme or genetic? Being genetic means that it is not a situational problem that has occurred to trigger a depressive episode.
Meditation and the Professional
There are many professionals who do not believe that meditation is the answer for depression. They also do not think that anything that is natural or an alternative is the answer for treating this disorder. On the other hand, there are people who believe that when your body has a depressive episode that it is crying out for help and needs to be looked at from a closer point. It has been said that meditation is a step used to purify the body, mind and spirit. This proves that there is a mind and body connection that can result both overreacting. When your mind and body gets to this point, it needs to be taken care of. That is what the eastern culture looks at as “mindfulness”.
According to the great author and eastern philosopher Jon Kabat-Zin, the definition of word mindfulness means “paying attention, in a particular way, on a specific purpose and in the present moment.