Meditation works for dealing with depression. It’s a fact. Proven.
There are studies.
Sometimes, though, we don’t want more research. We want stories–real stories, from real people who’ve tried this stuff.
Well, as a Type A doer/fixer/planner/mild OCD-haver, I’ve pursued a number of spiritual and other techniques for overcoming depression and increasing inner peace. I’ve even written a few books about doing so. And guess what? Not all of them worked. In spite of those aforementioned studies. (And it can’t be because I was doing them wrong. Obviously.)
Thus, our dilemma as people with depression: hundreds of spiritual practices. Only some that work. But which? Which are worth our limited time and emotional effort?
Well, here you have it, folks: my gift to the world. A collection of stories about the practices that I believe do work for depression. Or at least, did work, for the people that wrote them. Some come from guest contributors, some come from me. Each and every one of them is true.
Most of my stories focus on a single spiritual practice, detailing how and how well they helped me with depression. I end them with my soon-to-be-patented, super-accurate Depression Effectiveness Rating.
I know, I know–it’s spiritual practice. You’re not allowed to rate them on a scale of 1-10. But the way I figure, what’s the point of being a New-Agey type if you don’t let yourself pick and choose, cafeteria style?
That’s basically my whole religion: picking and choosing.
And that’s what these posts are meant to help you with, too. My hope is that among them you’ll find a helpful spiritual practice that you may not have otherwise heard about or tried.
One last thing: Depression Success Stories is an ongoing project. Check back here and on the Welcome page of my blog anytime to find this list, with updates.