"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." -- Tolstoy As Van Gogh became more depressed the birds in his paintings got lower and lower on the horizon. He painted this the same month he committed suicide. Subclinical depression is almost the norm in our society. The root cause of most depression is negative thinking, which triggers negative emotions and associated physiological changes. These causal factors revolve in a vicious circle that must be broken. At the core of most depression is a negative judgment of the Tao ("Life sucks and then you die. I never get a break. Existence is meaningless. Nothing I do will ever work. I'll never have the money/job/body/lover I need to be whole and make life worthwhile," etc.). Such global negative attitudes toward life, whether conscious or unconscious, will block the flow of life energy through your body and reliably lead to depression. Depression is a yin state — passive, watery, tending toward inertia and lethargy. To change it, summon your inner fire by getting up and becoming active! Do necessary tasks that can be accomplished in small steps — cleaning your living space (which is also morale boosting) is a great place to start. Get some fresh air, exercise and eat a high vitality diet. Shift from internal considering (what you are feeling, what others think of you, what you want) to external considering (compassionate empathy for what others are going through) and service to others. You may have a deficit of meaning in your life. Ask yourself what you will remember well on your deathbed and get busy doing it!
If you are in this state see: Awakening from Depression Dealing with Zones of Inner Jeopardy Could you be addicted to pain? See: Rebelling from the Pain Body Matrix Are you unhappy about being in your body? This is the core of much neurotic torment and takes the form of dissatisfaction with looks/weight/aging/health. Read: The Glorified Body Are you unhappy about romantic relationships? Read: Challenging Thoughts on Love Stop the Hottie! Casting Precious... Having trouble finding a path of meaning and creativity in your life? Much depression is caused by a deficit of meaningfulness. Read: The Path of the Numinous For more on discovering the core meaning of your life and facing some of the tough existential realities of human incarnation read: The Capsule of Intentionality... and read all parts of A Guide to the Perplexed Interdimensional Traveler If your depression is related to a devastating loss or shock, the last part of the guide, "Dealing with Shock," will address that directly. Worries have you down? Read: An Antidote to Worry Feel like there's something wrong with this entire plane of existence? Read: A Splinter in your Mind Want an effective life stance that will hold up to the darkest moments? Consider the path of the warrior: The Way of the Warrior Warrior Quotes The Taoist Path Taoist Quotes Finally, if you've looked into all these other possibilities and feel that an outside force is depressing you, read the documents in the mind parasite category of the writing section or order a copy of the Mind Parasite Matrix. Use these resources and summon your will to awaken from depression!