“If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the moment.” – Lao Tzu
What is Depression?
Mental illness has affected all of us at one point or another – whether directly or indirectly. Depression is one of the most common forms of mental illness and is often characterized by low moods and little to no interest in life. People who are depressed often feel worthless and helpless, have trouble sleeping and concentrating, and report feeling anxious and trapped.
Who does it affect?
While women are more likely to be diagnosed with depression than men, many studies would suggest that many Canadian adults will experience depression at some point in their lives. This prevalent mental illness affects people of all education levels, economic status, occupations, religions and cultures. Although onset usually occurs in adolescence, it is often diagnosed later in life.
How can it be prevented?
Depression is the result of the interactions between our situations, thoughts and emotions. In other words, it directly relates to how our mind interprets and reacts to situations. We are all going to experience happiness as well as pain – but suffering is an option. We can actually train our mind to react positively, even in negative situations.
Mindfulness is an invaluable tool necessary for emerging from, as well as preventing, a depressive state. Meditation classes have been proven to enhance well-being and reduce mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. By encouraging the focus on breathing, meditation classes allow you to abandon all stresses and live in the present moment. Not only does this allow you to discover calmness of the mind, it also increases your personal energy and sense of well-being. Good for the mind, the soul, and it’s 100% natural – what more could you ask for?
Come join Doug on Sunday evenings from 6:00-7:00pm for our 12 week Registered Mindful Meditation classes! We promise you will not regret it! Register now.