Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Meditation and Depression

'm seeking some advice on whether to meditate when suffering from depression.

For about a six weeks, I'd been meditating for 15 minutes daily, and I was really starting to enjoy it, rather than just seeing it as a chore. It gave me a real sense of peace and re-invigorated me, even after a stressful day at work.

But in the last couple of weeks, my depression has got worse, and I've been in a low and tearful mood a lot of the time (I've sought medical assistance and my doctor has increased my medication). When I try to meditate, I just get a horrible feeling of coldness and division around my heart chakra (whereas previously, it felt warm and full of love). The attempt at meditation leaves me feeling worse than when I started.

My question is, do you think I should continue to meditate, even on 'bad days'? Is there some sort of benefit I can gain from doing this - for example, learning something about what it is that makes me feel so bad? Or should I just concentrate on doing things that I know will improve my mood, and leave meditation for my better days?

I would love to hear advice from anyone who has had a similar problem - or just anyone who has an opinion!

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