Depression is characterized by a feeling of helplessness and hopelessness. In other words, a depressive doesn't think his actions will make any difference. He's quite sure of it. He feels his situation is hopeless. He believes he can't do anything about his situation or his depression. He feels helpless about it.
Most of the time we need help in such situations . The doctors or therapist knows better ( that's what a normal person feel ). If the depressive would change the way he thinks, he could reduce or even eliminate his depression. But here's the catch: Changing the way he thinks would take effort. And effort requires motivation. And motivation requires the assumption that his actions can have an effect.
In other words, before the depressive can get over his feelings of helplessness, he must first get over his feelings of helplessness.
What do the doctors do in such situation?
They give the depressive an antidepressant drug and then while he's feeling more hopeful and less helpless, they help him change the way he thinks. Then they take away the drug, hoping that he doesn't (usually) lapse back into depression because he no longer thinks depressingly about his circumstances.
It does work in many cases.
Open Soul Meditation does the same thing for the "normal" mental illness we all have as well , that too without any side effects .
Most of us wish we could be more peaceful, feel more contentment, be better listeners, feel more forgiving and patient, and so on, but our own physiology defeats us. It's frustrating because we know we could be that way, but somehow, no matter how great our insights are on a relaxing vacation, when we get back into our daily lives, we are unable to be the people we want to be.
You know what I'm talking about, don't you? The problem is, you constantly release stress hormones into your body in response to the crazy world and your ingrained mental responses to that crazy world. It is almost impossible to ingrain any new mental patterns because the anxious-agitated-frustrated-discontented state of your body mind will continually thwart you.
However, when you meditate a couple of times a day, twenty minutes a pop — enough to keep your stress hormone level low — you can become calm. New habits of mind can form. In this calmer state, you naturally and inevitably develop more serene,
loving, and peaceful points of view. These new ways of thinking and looking at the world can become natural and ingrained when you keep up your Open Soul Meditation practice, so even if you were to skip a day of Open Soul Meditation, your new habits would sustain your serenity and sanity.
Open Soul Meditation filters out the stress hormones, and that produces more benefits than you'd think. You have to try it to understand what I am saying.