Depression – Illness or Ignorance?

Although many people know that in order to have a healthy body you must eat well and exercise, very few people understand how to cultivate a healthy mind.

As a result, there are many people today struggling with depression, anxiety, stress and a host of other psychological issues that can be resolved if they just knew how to take care of their minds.

I believe that 90% of psychological disorders can be eradicated by learning to understand and work with your mind. But these vital skills are never taught to anyone. They are only “discovered’ by people who are on a downhill spiral and desperate to return to a state of normalcy.

But not everyone manages to find these skills and as a result, may struggle with depression for most of their lives.

Now, I am not saying that all psychological illnesses can be resolved from learning to understand your mind as there are definitely cases that require medical assistance and treatments. This is particularly true in the case of psychosis where the person has completely lost touch with external reality.

But I strongly believe that most people who can think rationally are able to change negative thought patterns, as long as they are taught correctly and are willing to put in the time and effort.

And that is why I think 90% of people who are suffering from depression do so out of ignorance (not knowing how the mind works or how to work with it), rather than it being an illness (physical imbalance in the body). And this is something that many medical scientists and doctors agree with.

Please follow this BBC link for further information. What Is Depression?

You also have to understand that physical imbalances are in fact, caused by the mind!! Therefore, in many cases, you can restore physical imbalances in the body by working on your mind!!

Now, this is good news because it means that if you are suffering from depression, YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!

You can take responsibility for your psychological health. You can be in control. You can learn to choose your thoughts rather than be a victim of them and you can return to not just a normal state of psychological health, but an even better one than you ever thought was possible!!

BUT YOU NEED TO WORK AT IT!! In the same way that you need to exercise and eat well to remain physically healthy, you need to spend time working on your mind to achieve a state of inner peace and tranquility.

The problem is though, we live in a society where we expect other people to do things for us, rather than putting in the effort ourselves. But the personal effort must be a part of restoring your psychological wellbeing, in the same way as you must put in the effort of going to the gym to stay fit. A personal trainer will help you, but they can’t run on the treadmill for you. Although a hypnotherapist, counsellor or psychologist can help you, it is up to you to put in the effort to change the way you think, but we can be your guides. We can open up the door, but it is up to you as to whether or not you choose to walk through it.

My journey out of a depression happened 27 years ago. I picked up a book on meditation one day that promised me happiness, peace of mind, confidence and better relationships with the people around me. I was in such a bad state of mind that I promised that I would diligently practice everything that the book said until I felt normal again. And that is exactly what happened.

After three months of regular meditating practice, I realised why I had the depression, how it was me that caused it and what I had to do to make my life happy and peaceful again. And so I changed, and my life flourished into the beautiful journey I have experienced ever since.

My depression was not caused by a physical imbalance, but ignorance. When I understood my mind, I was able to change it.

I have practised meditation now for 27 years and there has not been a single day that I have experienced depression or anxiety since.

I do however feel great! I love my life and I wouldn’t swap it for anyone else’s in the world.

Just saying …..

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Toby has been practising the healing arts of the East for nearly twenty years and spent 13 years living in South East Asia where he studied meditation, Asian philosophy and Chinese medicine whilst working in Health and Wellness resorts around South East Asia.

Working as both a health and wellness consultant and practitioner at some of the top destination spas in the world means Toby has a wealth of knowledge.

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