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Monday Meditation: Find Your Inner Mountain and Beat Depression

October 26, 2009

We’ve reached that time of year when everyone is beginning to feel knee-deep in the fall rush. These days, the holiday season seems to creep in September, and by now, you can’t walk into a drugstore without being simultaneously bombarded with cackling witches and giant candy bags on one side, and dancing Santas and candy canes on the other. Next month, the sales will begin, the pressures to buy the perfect gifts will mount, and the rush will increase. ‘Tis the season to gain weight as we empty our pocketbooks; this is truly an American Fall.

And for some, the weather doesn’t help. People who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), get depressed as the seasons change – generally to the colder, darker months of late Fall and Winter. Symptoms of this disorder can include “afternoon slumps,” food cravings – especially for carbs, lethargy/lack of energy, decreased interest in activities, and general depression symptoms. Many people feel at least a little more desire to “hibernate” in the winter, often resulting in unhealthy lifestyle habits creeping up as well.

While you try your best not to succumb to the pressures of the holiday season — whether it’s avoiding the sales on that new flat screen television or resisting the urge to splurge on a few extra holiday cookies — perhaps a little meditation to help your mind keep a relaxed cool while energizing and warming your spirit is just what’s in order.

In Walking the I Ching, the Linear Ba Gua of Gao Yi Sheng, author Allen Pittman offers a mountain meditation for peace of mind.

“The mountains have always been a good place of retreat. They also became the safe haven for monasteries and fortresses. They point to the need to remove oneself from the noise of living. As a meditation technique, one can practice developing the quality of intense stillness through concentration on relaxation.”

Enjoy the season for the quieter moments – the falling leaves, the crisp of cold, the stillness of the sky at night – and feel at peace.

Have tips on how you beat the winter blues? Share them in our comments section or with our Twitter @Bluesnakebooks, and you may get featured on our blog!

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