I'd like to speak about a delicate subject; depression. I've worked with a lot of folks who have deal with depression through the years. If you've seen any one of my other articles, you know that the work I do is different, and so my perspective on depression is going to be rather unique. However, this perspective continues to be of great use to many individuals within my practice, and so I hope it will strike a cord with you, as well.
Everyone that I've ever worked with who has suffered from depression has had a similar posture. When it comes to depression, that posture involves a curved area behind the heart where tension is gathering along with a closing off of the front of the body. The reason that post matters where depression is concerned is because there is a direct link between our posture and our emotional state. For instance, if you observe someone at the supermarket who back is sort of slouched with their head down, you could infer that they're down or depressed. If you see a person sitting in their vehicle and their head is thrust forward, there is a decent likelihood that they're mad. If you see a person who spine is arched, their chest lifted, their head back and their arms raised toward the stars, you know that they are most likely in a pretty good mood.
Regrettably, physical posture is not something that a person can just change by holding themselves differently. That's because the forces that started moving our posture in a certain direction, started their work when we were young. The bones, the joints and the ligaments have changed form during that time. So there can be a lot of inertia in our body that encourages our posture to be a definite way.
Part of what is happening with our posture is that our system has utilized posture to reroute energy. Ideally, the energy that runs up from the earth should move through our feet and legs, through our pelvis, through our heart and out of our crown and have the ability to circulate back around. Where a depressed post is concerned, our system has determined that our heart needed to be protected, so that energy is not allowed to pass through the heart.
This structural and energetic situation is directly linked to the emotions that we can and can not feel. In this case our nose is constantly being pressed towards the proverbial dirt, so the type of emotions that are prompted by a slouched posture with tension in the area of the heart are despair, feelings of inadequacy, hopelessness and dejection. These feelings possess a heaviness that is dragging us downwards. Those feelings are being maintained by a certain posture.
Actually, the problem begins when we fight the emotions that go along with depression . It's understandable because someone would put the brakes on and not want to feel those things. This, however, is the point where those emotions develop into a problem, if we fight against their strong, gravitational pull.
This is because the body is actually trying to show us the solution. The solution can actually be found by permitting yourself to go towards the feelings. Occasionally a person would have a complete experience of the feelings, thoughts and sensations and be liberated from the depression. A person would be freed as a result. The sense of self that was bound within the depression dissolves. After that all of the energy that was tied up within the depression would start to rise up the column column and naturally prompt the spine to change shape.
Spiritual teacher and author of A New Earth along with The Power Of Now, Echkart Tolle, is an example of someone who has followed depression down to its roots and had a complete experience of the emotions, sensations and thoughts associated with the depression and been completely released as a result. The pain-body is another very beneficial topic that Tolle speaks about in his book. The pain-body refers to that part of us that's actually getting something out of the depression. If you are having trouble with depression, Tolle's book would be useful.
So going into the depression is one option. It's probably not practical, however, if you've got children, a career and a spouse, and not encouraged unless you have the necessary skills, experience and support. Fortunately it's not the only option and it's not the whole picture. Incoming articles I'll be discussing more about that larger picture and the other options.