Therapist Kevin Anderson reflects on the connection between spirituality and depression. "I tell depressed people that I have given up on self-esteem and I hope they will too. Focusing on increasing self-esteem amounts to trying to prop up the small-i self."
The Soul of Therapy
Contributed by: Kevin Anderson PhD, Psychotherapist
About The Soul of Therapy
The Soul of Therapy explores the difficulties people bring to therapy, with a focus on how spiritual growth can be an important part of healing and living a compassionate, radiant life.
Spirituality and mental health are often thought of as two separate tracks in a person's life. This six-part series aims to begin stitching them together, along with therapy, to reveal the critical areas where they influence each other.
What happens when you allow your whole body to have a conscious voice? “I have seen dramatic improvement in a variety of conditions when people begin assuming that the whole body has a form of consciousness that communicates about what’s going on in our lives.”
“Buddha was right: difficulty and suffering keep coming at us in small and large ways. If we’re not doing daily practice, we will just get better at adding to our suffering.”
“Don’t put finding your happiness at the center of your searchlight. Center your life on giving people your best energy. Happiness will appear on the edge of the circle of your focus on bringing light to others.”
Reset your connection to the flow of divine energies. “I began wondering about the numerous ways I lose my connection to the Ground of Being.”
Small events create huge disturbances in our relationships. “Old wounds, usually from before we ever met our partner, are like whales that are waiting in the deep to be triggered by events on the surface of life.”
How much should we think about death? What’s too little or too much? “I try to stop figuring out if I believe in life after death and get back to believing in life before death.”
Meditation can assist us with depression by reminding us to tune into a higher energy. “Move back to Source, pick up the larger signal, and live with that energy for a greater portion of our lives.”
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