Your mind is not your friend. When you are going to difficult times and you know it’s because of the decisions you made, then it’s time to know that your mind is not your friend.
I remember my mother telling me to chant the Hare Krishna mantra 3 times everyday. And I was like, I was chanting it 24/7 whenever I could, and still I had depression, how can I make sense of 3 times?
I was chanting 24/7 like a desperate person without money, food or shelter. I was a beggar because I did not have the mental wealth of peace of mind. I was desperately chanting the Hare Krishna mantra all day.
I wanted to get better. I wanted to live my dreams. But depression was devouring me.
I remember that even forcing myself to get out of bed seemed so difficult. I could not get out of my house. When my mother forced me to get ready, I would walk to the door and think “I can’t do it.” And then I would go to my bedroom and drown myself in self-pity.
I mean I did not know what it would take to get me out of the mess I was in. The only thing that I knew was that I did not know. So I decided to chant the mantra and keep my mind busy because I knew I could not trust my own mind.
Whenever I was bored or free, I would chant. I would go to bed chanting, wake up chanting, and in between I was chanting whenever I could. I was addicted to chanting and that’s better than being addicted to negative thinking.
This helped me keep my mind busy and away from negative thinking.
It got me through some tough times. I went to take my school exams by chanting the mantra, went to college by chanting the mantra, wrote this post chanting the mantra, etc. Everything I do is through chanting the mantra. And trust me it’s easier that way.
The mantra contains God’s name. And since I am spiritual, I am comfortable with that fact. You can use your own mantra but the secret is to stick to only one mantra.
I have read about the mantra concept from Eknath Eswaran’s book Conquest Of Mind. And the author talks about this in detail.
This worked for me. And it may work for you. This is the number one thing.
This helped to follow the psychologist’s homework, my parent’s requests, difficult tasks, overcome fear, and everything that I wanted, not what the mind wanted. Without this the goal setting and dreaming would not work. This is what I have done. It’s not a belief. It’s the truth.
Without this I would not be where I am today. Remember it’s not done 3 times, it’s done 24/7 at massive quantities.
I hope you liked this post. Comment what worked for your recovery of depression or what would work for you?