Depression and Anxiety

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Ignorance is the cause of mental and physical disease (not knowing our true nature). To heal we need to get to the knowledge of who we are. Between the two extremes of knowing self and not knowing, our daily life falls in-between.
Depression is severe despondency and feelings of hopelessness and inadequacy. Typically a lack of energy, uneasiness, and lack of interest in life.
Disease doesn’t just happen out of the blue, illnesses are developed against daily sins against nature. We usually know when we are going against our selves and this is when the buildup to illness occurs. Socrates: illness do not come upon us out of the blue. They are developed from small daily sins, against nature. When enough sins have accumulated, illness will suddenly appear.
Depression and anxiety has become an epidemic on the planet; in the west and spreading to the east. We have been victims to changes that are happening on our planet. However, as an individual we can make changes can will positively affect our lives.

Causes
– Family structure has been broken. It was a natural structure and now we are trying to replace it with communities because there is something missing.
– Life away from nature and devoid of connection with it. We can change this by Having some plants at home, to reconnect with nature.All our elements in our body come from nature and so when we are disconnected from it we are disconnected from ourselves. Need 5 elements in our environment.

– Things have been sped up and our mind and body are overwhelmed by the changes. However, we have to adapt to it. Can use relaxation, meditation techniques and yoga to help.

Anxiety
Undercurrents of anxiety often propel addictive behavior around alcohol, sex, drugs, food, shopping, or doing anything in extremes.
Feel release with these habits but the next desire pushes to do it again
Feelings come from lack of self worth, security and wholeness, and as the yogis teach we are ignorant of our true nature in these circumstances.
Anxiety fatigue can make you irritable, impatient, quick to anger and more self judgmental which leads to anger and depression. ( kapha and pitta imbalance )
Two wolves live in us, one of hate anger etc and one that is good and has love and joy, which one wins? The one we feed.
Feeding anxiety becomes a habit and when it becomes a habit it becomes a default reaction. We need some space in-between to non reaction to break the habit. Habits becomes tendencies and then form the personality.
If we don’t do anything about it, time doesn’t heal it because it is already apart of our system. Therefore, step out of your normal circumstance to create lasting changes ( like a retreat, long vacation, move to another place)

Depression
Is prolonged sadness which becomes a low state of functional activity. Most people feel episodes of depression. It matters how you react to it and if you can come out of it.
We can come out of depression in the early stages by using yogic techniques. However, with severe depression medical treatment may be necessary and yogic techniques can assist in the process. Do not stop medication once you are feeling a little better, it takes time to adjust the chemical imbalances in the brain.
When in depression we have loss of energy, problems in sleep, irritability, anxiety, poor concentration, difficulty making decisions, loss of interest in pleasure and activities, weight gain and loss.

Some yogic techniques to come out of depression are to chant divine names, karma yoga ( volunteer work), pranayama (breath work), eating a whole food diet including fresh vegetables and supplements and meditation ( helps to clear the mind).

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