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To destroy an undesirable rate of mental vibration, concentrate on the opposite vibration to the one to be suppressed Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ What is the source of sadness but feebleness of the mind? What gives it power but the want of reason? Rouse yourself to the combat, and it quits the field before you strike.
Avoid the trap of increasing distress by sinking into states of depression. Inner feelings of inadequacy must be overcome. The strengthening of spiritual practice will help one to overcome the feelings of inner oppression which lead to exhaustion.
Depression never brings me what I want;
No matter how bad a state of mind you may get into, if you keep strong and hold out, eventually the floating clouds must vanish and the withering winds must cease.
Despair is a mental state which exaggerates not only our misery but also our weakness.
Keep aloof from sadness for sadness is a sickness of the soul. Life has, indeed, many ills, but the mind that views every object in its most cheering aspect, and every doubtful dispensation as replete with latent good, bears within itself a powerful and perpetual antidote.
The secret of being miserable is to have leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure for it is occupation.
I can enjoy feeling melancholy, and there is a good deal of satisfaction about being thoroughly miserable; but nobody likes a fit of the blues. Nevertheless, everybody has them; notwithstanding which, nobody can tell why. There is no accounting for them. You are just as likely to have one on the day you have come into a large fortune as on the day after you have left your new silk umbrella in the train.
It is despair, and despair alone, that begets heroic hope, absurd hope, mad hope.
Many an attack of depression is nothing but the expression of regret at having to be virtuous.
Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any misery, any depression, since after all you don't know what work these conditions are doing inside you?
The cause of your misery is not in your outer life; it is in you, as your ego. You impose limitations on yourself and then make a vain struggle to transcend them.
Men have been depressed now for many years in their male and resplendent selves, depressed into dejection and almost abjection. Is that not evil?
I got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s amazing how it cheers one up to shred oranges and scrub floors.
Now that I seem to have attained a temporary calm, I understand how valuable unhappiness can be; melancholy and remorse form the deep leaden keel which enables us to sail into the wind of reality; we run aground sooner than the flat-bottomed pleasure-lovers, but we venture out in weather that would sink them, and we choose our direction.
But the storm, painful as it is, might have had some truth in it. So sometimes one has simply to endure a period of depression for what it may hold of illumination if one can live through it, attentive to what it exposes or demands.
Despair is the absolute extreme of self-love. It is reached when a man deliberately turns his back on all help from anyone else in order to taste the rotten luxury of knowing himself to be lost.
Distress tends to make you feel constricted in your personal identity, but if you are thinking of the distress of the whole of humanity, or even just the sadness of people around you in your everyday life, you begin to realize how puny your concern for yourself is.
Hopelessness can arise, I think, only from an inability to face the present, to live in the present, to live as a responsible being among other beings in this sacred world here and now, which is all we have, and all we need to found our hope upon.
Ordinary consciousness is a mistake. It is an error that has been created by our "intermediate" stage of evolution. Left-brain awareness — the ability to examine the world through a magnifying glass — is essential, but its "close-upness" has deprived us of meaning. We are stranded in an oversized world of magnified objects, and we can see the trees but not the wood. At this point, the emotional body intervenes, with its negativity and self-pity and mistrust, and turns the wood into a forest of nightmare. This is the state that Sartre calls "nausea," and that I have called "depression." It can be overcome only by recognizing that it is a mistake. And the "absurd good news" is the recognition that this insight, in itself, can transform subjective into objective consciousness. The bogies created by the mind can be destroyed by the mind.
Depression can be a signal to reexamine assumptions and change strategies — a slowing down to reorient. If we are to deal effectively with problems, we have to see them realistically. And we have to define our purpose ... The best antidepressants are expression and action — engagement in the struggle. That way depression is not an end, but a meaningful beginning.
|DEPRESSION / DESPAIR / DISTRESS|
| This cross-index may help identify and delineate more closely subjective realities often hard to pin down.
|Related States & Conditions||Adversity | Chaos/Uncertainty | Defeat | Grief/Sorrow, Influence/Effect, Limitation, Questioning/Doubt, Regret, Retreat/Withdrawal, Insecurity/Risk, Struggle, Suffering, Worry|
|Syntonic||Balance | Breakthrough/Epiphany/Turning Point | Centering | Composure/Peace/Tranquility | Courage | Determination/Persistence/Resolve, Diligence, Equanimity, Faith, Focus/Intention, Friendship, Happiness/Contentment, Health/Healing, Humor/Laughter, Inspiration, Learning, Liberation/Liberty/Freedom, Music, Optimism/Positivism, Release, Renewal, Responsibility, Self-Reliance, Strength, Understanding, Vision/Visualization, Wisdom, Wonder/Mystery, Zeal/Zest|
|Dystonic||Anger | Attachment | Avoidance/Denial/Refusal | Complacency | Conformity | Criticism/Judgment | Delusion | Dependence | Fault, Fear, Guilt, Habit, Jealousy/Envy, War/Aggression/Violence|
Pardon us for the Author links which do not work and incomplete Subject cross-references. This is a life-work-in-progress and, like Penelope's tapestry, proceeds bit by bit.
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