Hello Vipassana New World,
My Relative is Suffering from Depression. Before 1 year he takes Medication., But Because of some reason He goes Again into Depression So Can His Depression Be Treated With the Help of Vipassana?
We believe Vipassana is an effective tool for healing Vipassana, and it's just part of well-rounded holistic therapy. It requires delicate guidance, and here are a few reasons why. I personally suffered with clinical Depression prior to becoming a Vipassana meditator, and the guidance I share is with some personal experience in the topic. As always, we ask you to consult a physician in the event a person has become clinically depressed and requires medical care.
Vipassana is a meditation tool which heals deep layers within our mental body, which can provide healing into the layers above it, such as the emotional and physical layers. Much of the healing it provides is on the deeper subconscious and unconscious layers of our minds, meaning one doesn't fully understand what is happening or what is being healed. We simply have feeling to go by. And some of us feel better after Vipassana and others do not feel as good.
Part of this lies in how much Vipassana is done each day or each week. This is part of the healing 'medicine'. Too little meditation, and a person may not experience any benefit. Too much each day, and a person may experience too much release, creating an abundance of depression without a strong enough mind to carry one through the wave of emotional and mental upheaval. It's for this reason we've filmed 2 videos on Vipassana and depression in the past few years (Videos are located here: http://youtu.be/xrqqifUU-bk and http://youtu.be/XgPn7dibnc4).
Too much Vipassana can be a big challenge in exacerbating one's depression symptoms unless it's part of a well-rounded program. Many students experience a wave of depression following their 10-day retreats which can last months, due to the degree of upheaval which takes place during their courses. To navigate this period equally takes skill. Again, a few videos have also been filmed on this topic, as we hear about it often from students. Once this wave following a retreat passes, we hear that students feel better than they were prior to their retreat. Their lives and minds simply needed time to readjust an settle post-retreat.
A well-rounded program may include Vipassana (awareness-building and mental healing), emotional counseling to heal one's emotional body and emotional formations (agreements and patterns), and rigorous physical activity for sweating out the stagnant depression energies and re-invigorate one's body and mind. Medicine from a prescribed doctor may be necessary for a time, until symptoms reduce and a person can resume their lives without the assistance of medicine.
Finding something inspiring about life is equally important. Depression creates a stagnant willpower. It tries to keep us from moving, so we remain stagnant in our emotions. Yet emotions need motion to free them from their stuckness. As with all life's challenges, depression exists on the physical, emotional, mental, thought-form, and spiritual levels, so it's important to heal it from as many of these layers as possible at a time.
To bring motion back to emotions we can incorporate rigorous physical activity into our lives; sweating a few times a week or moving a lot (walking, jogging, sports, etc.) helps tremendously, as does trying new things like acting, poetry, or any new hobby. This can sometimes help with 75% to 85% of one's challenge. This takes much motivation and encouragement from the outside of oneself, as depression can take a stronghold in one's life that can shift one's brain chemistry to believe that no motion and not doing anything (ie: not leaving the house) is a good thing. On the contrary, get out and explore.
Meditation with Vipassana is a powerful tool. If Vipassana is too strong, one can begin with a brainwave entrainment program, such as Holosync or Omharmonics. These can be gentler in rebalancing brain chemistry and building awareness. We've heard of many people who over-meditate without proper balance in life, and this stirs up a lot of depression energies, resulting in a depressed state of being. With balance, Vipassana is a blessing in healing mental layers one at a time when meditating at an equanamous rate. For some, 10 minutes daily is sufficient, while for others 45 minutes or even 2 thirty minute intervals or more is good enough. It is highly specific on the individual. Vipassana helps us become very aware of the emotions we're experiencing and in observing these emotions rather than reacting at them. If one feels less balanced following their meditation, then do less meditation.
Coaching and guidance can assist one in finding balance and inspiration through their healing.
Further emotional healing can be done with an emotional guidance facilitator who can assist with healing emotional patterns within one's psyche; traumas experienced long ago which resurface to create a high degree of depression and emotion for one to navigate. Vipassana New World currently has two individuals who provide this emotional healing and navigation therapy; a Doctor of Chiropractics and a meditation instructor and Minister who is trained in a number of emotional healing modalities.
Life coaching, psychological guidance, and emotional guidance serves a very important part of the equation. This guidance can help train our conscious minds to restate how we speak to ourselves and what we believe is possible for ourselves. If Vipassana is working on the subconscious layers (ie: the not-conscious healing), how can I guide my Vipassana sittings and my entire life more consciously, so i guide my sitting into healing the depression positively? And this comes with learning how to speak to oneself (Right Speech/ Right Communication). As an example of this, wonderful training comes from the Conscious Language System (www.MasterySystems.com).
Affirmations and decreeing our self-worth is extremely important. This is 3rd chakra healing; strengthening one's sense of self-value, self-worth, personal empowerment, and the release of stress and codependent relationships. This type of training can be done on one's own or with the guidance of an instructor, coach, or doctor. A video which may serve to assist you in this topic is: http://youtu.be/mSZCzsVuVX4.
Follow your guidance into what feels right for you, and it is our hope that this information was helpful for you and your family. Should you desire speaking with one of our facilitators, Dr. Doug, and Jan Tijmes, can assist you with a program and/ or counseling, meditation, and training to begin the healing process.
Many blessings for the recovery of your family member,
Vipassana New World