When I was depressed I have looked everywhere to find a book about how to come out of depression with consciousness; a book, of which meditation would be an important part. I have now written the book I was looking for.
I know how difficult it is to get moving from the frozen state of the depression. And how important it is, to be recognized and accepted in the darkness in which find yourself. That darkness has value, it forms the bottom from which the light can arise.
How to continue?
The guidelines described in the various chapters can all lead to the initiation of your flow of life.
It may be that one chapter appeals to you and the other not at all.
My invitation is, when something from this book appeals to you, to build that into your day and to make this a commitment to yourself.
The depression has often been a months-long or year-long exercise in negative thinking, in physically moving very little, in having not much contact with yourself and with others and of denying your body. That means that there is also a need for months or years of exercise, to take a life-giving way again. I myself have experienced that when I said, 'yes' to this, practicing became so precious to me that I do not want to stop with it any more - even now that I feel happy again.
It has been very supportive for me to daily write everything of that day in a diary before going to bed. That prevents you from giving too much weight to one thing of the day. In addition, the way of writing is important. In depression you are often used to telling your life story in a negative way. However, when you start to write in a way that gives meaning to what you have experienced, this puts in motion a stream of 'giving meaning to your life'. Even feeling pain can be meaningful when you describes it as: 'I have the courage to feel the pain now, what allows it to heal.'
If you want to get started with the guidelines from this book, you may also encounter skepticism in yourself or in people around you.
The mind is always full of judgements and is often afraid of change or of opening up to something new. We have the choice to either listen to the mind or to take on the challenge of experimenting with new things. I have noticed that even a negative experience is better than maintaining the routine of 'the same every day'.
Maybe you dare not give up the antidepressants yet, do not believe in reincarnation, are afraid that meditation is vague, do not want to give up the coffee with a lot of sugar, find family constellations a far from my bed show and hate connecting with others because you feel that everyone lets you down.
Yet there is something in you that has picked up this book. That might be the hand of your heart, of your inner child or of your soul. I think that many people who are depressed follow the invitation of their soul to stop everything in their lives for a while, to find that which is pure and true.
Each chapter contains a key that fits on a door that can form an entrance to blissfulness. When you go through that door, you can first encounter a lot of pain; pain that still wants to be felt. If you dare to face it and then do not give up, the same pain will purify you. I say this from my own experience.
Never think that blissfulness is not for you; it is your birthright.
At the most, the layers that cover blissfulness are somewhat thicker in one person than in another. But the thicker the layer you are going through, the greater the blissfulness that awaits you.
I wish you a good journey to the source of your life.
1 Acceptance of Depression
Part 1: My experience of depression
2 How my depression developed
3 My final depression begins
4 A day in my depression
5 The turning point in my depression
6 A day in my happy life
Part 2: Taking the helm into your own hands
7 The value of taking responsibility for yourself
8 The illusion of antidepressants
9 Saying 'yes' is opening yourself to life
10 Stopping comparing yourself with others brings you back to yourself
Part 3: Healing from the Body
11 Your body is the basis of good therapy
12 Physical exercise with awareness
13 Food and Depression
Part 4: Family Constellations
14 Family Constellations - becoming the child of your parents again
Part 5: The importance of Osho Meditations
15 OSHO® Active Meditations
16 OSHO® Meditative Therapies
Part 6: Re-establishment of the Connection with Yourself and the Other
17 Being connected and in contact with the other
Part 7: Passion and Connection with the Soul
18 Passion and Meaning
19 Listening to your Soul
About the author
Word of thanks
Book presentation Eindhoven
Friday 26 October, 14:30 - 16:30
International Livingroom 'The Hub'
Vestdijk 25, 5611 CA Eindhoven