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In a book Im reading Ashin Tejaniya says about depression
"There are two ways to deal with depression. To beginwith you might have to practise samatha meditation in order to develop sama-dhi. As sama-dhi increases, depression will decrease. But even though the depression might totally lift for a while, it will always arise anew when the sama-dhi is gone and you are again confronted with the causes for depression.You can only overcome depression through understanding. The more effective way to deal with this mental activity is therefore to observe it in order to understand its causes and conditions. Only once these are really understood, will the mind be free of depression.For most people suffering from depression, it will probably be best to use a combination of both these methods.First they need to do a samatha practice in order to gain a measure of sama-dhi. With this relatively stable mind they can then practise vipassana-, i.e. they can observe and investigate the depression. When the emotions and feelings become too strong to look at, i.e. when the mind becomes agitated, they should again do a samatha practice till the mind is calm enough to do more observing and investigating.They might have to go back and forth like this quite often until the mind is strong enough to just be with the depression.It is very important not to expect quick results; understanding depression usually only comes after a very long time of regularpractice of accepting, observing, and investigating"
My first comment is that I very rarely develop Samadhi. Usually all I get is dull, bored and a sore back and leg. So not sure how to overcome that.
Second Im not sure what is meant by "investigating" the depression. So I sit I feel depressed. I notice Im depressed and how it feels heavy and unpleasant. Then what?