Meditation for depression

While I was away on summer vacation at Cape Cod, my roommate texted me to let me know our washing machine was on the fritz. And so tonight I studied for my Human Development exam at the laundromat. But that has little to do with my short topic on depression, it was more an interesting fact about what I’ve been up to this evening. 🙂

Research has shown that people who are stressed out are more likely to experience depressive feelings. This has been my life experience, which is why I have been reading the research of late.

Research also shows that meditation helps alleviate depressive feelings. And this is why I’ve recently upped my meditation regime. It is essential for you (and me) to be on top of our game, especially during times of high stress. I’d like to share with you my recent meditation focus, in hopes that you, too, could use them during your (preferably) morning meditation.

I have a meditation room with a chair that I sit in. You might chose to lay down on a rug — just don’t fall asleep. Set a timer for 10 minutes (or more, or less). The important thing is to set a timer. Now, say within yourself, repeating over and over, these affirmations:

  • I am grateful for the opportunity to be in this life and to experience all that life has for me to experience
  • I am grateful because I have numerous choice in life. I choose wisely.
  • Sometimes things will happen that are beyond my control. And that is OK.
  • Change is good.
  • Change means life.
  • I embrace change.
  • I love to learn.
  • I am a powerful being.
  • I am part of something greater than me.
  • It is easy to have an attitude of gratitude.
  • It is effortless to be optimistic.

You might record yourself (or a friend) saying these affirmations aloud so that you can just listen during your meditation. Enjoy!