Dealing with depression is fun right? Yeah… With the planetary shifts and holidays that are coming up a lot of people are going through depression and other similar issues. Yogi Bhajan predicted a cold depression that many people would feel at this time in the shift to the Aquarian Age. We are so overloaded with information that our brains can’t figure out which of it is worth using and which isn’t. Enough said about the need to meditate.
I was at a kirtan concert recently listening to Brenda McMorrow and John de Kadt who are both fantastic musicians. There were a whole lots of other wonderful musicians present as well, but something John de Kadt said during one of his songs really stuck with me.
He said that in the old tribal days when someone went to the village shaman with an emotional problem such as depression, they were asked 4 questions.
- When did you stop singing?
- When did you stop dancing?
- When did you stop being enchanted by stories?
- When did you lose connection with nature?
It may sound a little silly in our day and age but when do you feel better than singing and dancing out in nature? How about those little kids listening to stories about great heroes and princesses? What a profound way to analyze your being!
Music affects brain chemistry on a profound level and sacred chants even more so through the Shabad Guru. Movement also stimulates endorphins and helps to keep blocks from building in the body, or breaks blocks already there. How about some interpretive dance to a story like song?
When we lose touch with nature we become disconnected from the cycles of the planet and struggle to feel grounded. Since our bodies are so profoundly affected by the magnetic field of the Earth, it can have a powerful effect on us when we become disconnected. And not all powerful effects are good.
So step one might be something like, go dance in the woods and sing stories to the trees to heal your heart and soul. Wish it were that easy, Yogi Bhajan talks about how a month without walking barefoot on the ground takes 6 months to correct. You should walk 11 minutes a day in the grass if you can to connect. I’m sure hugging trees helps too. 😉 For those in the wintry parts of the world it might be more practical than freezing your toes in the snow. But I think you are blessed in any case with the change of the seasons, which brings you much closer to nature whether you want to or not. In Florida it’s a bit more difficult since the season is pretty much warm summer and cold summer, but we do have the beautiful beaches to uplift us. But I digress.
Doing research on how to get rid of depression I came across some interesting information in the kriyas and meditations that Yogi Bhajan gave to bless all of us.
Remember to tune in using the Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo before starting any of these meditations or kriyas!
The first meditation I came across is the “Immune System Booster: The Inner Sun.” It has this little interesting bit of information that I haven’t seen elsewhere (emphasis is mine in the quote).
The immune system interacts with the central nervous system, the glands, and emotions. We are each given the strength to encounter life and life’s challenges. We have moral strength, mental strength, emotional strength, and physical strength. All these strengths are inter-connected. We block the flow of that strength when we experience feelings of anger, self-defeat, and blame. To boost the immune system, we must overcome these blocks. The right hemisphere of the brain stores many of the diffuse negative emotions that lead us to depression and to a lower functioning immune system. This meditation stimulates the sympathetic nervous system and the right hemisphere to adjust themselves. In this process you may go through various emotions as the glands start to shift their balance. That is fine. Relax and keep going until you are through the emotional inertia. Then you will feel light, energized, and hopeful.
Now if we go from what this meditation says about working on the sun side, we could extrapolate that perhaps other sets that work on the sun energy might also work against depression. One kriya to try is “Surya Kriya,” it’s one of the classic kundalini kriyas and states that: “When you have a lot of “sun energy” you do not get cold, you are energetic, expressive, extroverted and enthusiastic.” That sure sound a lot like the opposite of being depressed.
Part of what can also drag you down is the fact that you may not feel like you know who you are and that has a lot to do with the navel point, third chakra energy as well as the solar plexus, which are closely related. One kriya that specifically states it helps to alleviate mild depression is the “Nabhi Kriya for Prana-Apana“. This one is a sweet little meditation that not only works on balancing the incoming and outgoing energies, but also on the navel and heart centers. It’s a beautiful forty day practice, very sweet, although not always easy. Another super powerul kriya is the “Awakening the Diaphragm” kriya in the Self-Experience manual (page 3). Try the 3 days of 11 minutes each and see what happens!
I haven’t tried this one very much, although it’s really something that we could all use a little more practice on. Alternate nostril breathing is great for balance on the emotional level as well as to balance the brain. Then we have the classic Kirtan Kriya, which has multiple benefits and is very powerful in bringing you to balance.
Will these cure your depression? I have no idea, I’m still experimenting myself. It can’t hurt to try though. One thing that seems to be behind depression is a feeling of loneliness and the constant search for happiness on the outside. When looking into the yogic information it seems that once you can get your love behind yourself then you don’t have to search for it elsewhere and you can instead share your love with others. This is influenced quite a bit by the solar plexus and also the heart center, so heal the heart and connect with your True Self! Go do some yoga in any case, it will help to be around other people and smile a little!
Love to you all and lots of healing blessings.