Depression – a Buddhist view

“Having myself experienced extreme, regularly to the point of suicidal, depression, I think I can understand your point of view at least to a certain extent. But on the notion of self-centredness, I’m afraid I have to agree. From my own experience, coming through a massive clinical depression and coming through to the other end, cured, I believe self-centredness to be the very cause of depression. And not just depression, but every ailment in the world as we know it.

The irony is, I can only see this NOW, with hindsight, looking back at my mindstate when I was depressed: “ego all the way, me me me, MY problems, MY depression, MY past, MY MY MY MY…” That very self-absorbed, self-centred fascination with my own ego and its agenda mindstate is exactly what kept me trapped in that depression for so long. It’s only when I started to consider that maybe — just maybe — as one of the 6 BILLION people on this planet, other people had problems FAR WORSE than mine, that the clouds began to part. And when I realised that I was being very selfish and WASTING my life in a state of — excuse me, but there are few better terms — mental masturbation.

All I was doing was feeding my ego, indulging its little whims and woes, and feeling sorry for myself. What was I doing for humanity? Nothing. And yes, that is self-centredness in its highest — or should I say lowest — form.

Of course, the great curse of the ever-nourished ego — the root of all depression — is that when you’re IN that state, you CAN’T SEE it for what it is. It’s like the people stuck in the Matrix (the film). They wouldn’t believe it if you told them they were living in a dream. You have to wake up for yourself, then you see it.”

Joshua Bryer

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One Response to Depression – a Buddhist view

  1. Marty says:

    Neuroscience say we create the ego from past memories woven together as an identity for us. Any time we judge, it is the ego at work. Engage the cognitive and the ego dominates with its bias.

    If we find something that we can not let go, the ego is present. Feels resentment, that is the ego. Anger is used by the ego to feel some power.

    Being vulnerable is hard, being mad quite easy and resentful a piece of cake. Try surrendering to your fear, something different.

    The ego loses control when we relax judging and feeling inferior at some level.

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