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For anyone who is/was suffering from depression, how is Buddhism helping you? I've been trying to cope with depression in itself, however I haven't been able to find anything to help. I do still recite mantras and all, however some days I just can't find the energy to get out of my bed and do it. I've noticed that I can't also keep concentrating while meditating (I don't know how to do it the 'right' way I guess, since I've never been taught by a person) and that really does hit me where in hurts (in a sense where I can't do anything right) and that just makes me angry (which is another problem as I seem to push away anyone who cares). In recent threads I've come across people learning to 'let go' their attachments, but I'm not sure how to let go. Especially with old 'scars' and such that other people inflicted. How do you let go of things like that and move on when it's still ringing in your head, especially when you try to find the 'calm place' while meditating? Basically, I'm looking for anyone who has a story to share in hopes of helping me get out of my on and off slump and actually help me with my depression.
I'm also looking into literature, with specific emphasis on Buddhism, as well as gardening to help give me a job over summer break.