Friday, October 10, 2008

HTSAD, step 2

HTSAD (how to survive a depression), step 2: breeeeeeathe
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note: step 2 is always "breeeeeeathe."
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there are hundreds of breathing techniques, most of which are designed to help us:
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* become more aware & more conscious
* become more present-centered
* become less attached to our thoughts
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as we become more present and more aware, we are better able to deal with the situations in our life, thereby becoming less fear-full. this leads to making better decisions during our moment-to-moment activities, without being influenced by the programming of our past or the desires of our future. -this is paraphrased from ken keys, in "the handbook to higher consciousness"
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dr. andrew weil has a cd called: "breathing, the master key to self healing," and it is completely dedicated to the importance of breath-consciousness.
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you've read the books and the articles. they all say the same thing.
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conscious breathing is a doorway to increased wellness and decreased distress.
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let's try this: just sit, and focus on the breath. when thoughts come, just return focus to the breath (again, and again, and again, and again).
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dr. joan boresenco says that even the worst meditation is great, because it helps us learn to shift focus away from unwanted thoughts and toward that which we want to focus upon.
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tony robbins says "we get more of what we focus on."
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in depressing times, we have the ability to shift focus (e.g. from fear to gratitude), thereby reducing depression tendencies.
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if the depression is external (e.g. "global financial crisis"), we can take action to lessen the potential effects of the depression.
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next: HTSAD, step 3: cultivate positive interpersonal relationships
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