Spirituality and depression

An excellent post about depression and spirituality from Jim Palmer’s Inner Anarchy blog. From the post:

“But religion often adds insult to injury through the false notion that if we are spiritual enough and really know the truth or have enough faith, then we shouldn’t have depression. That’s like saying, if I’m spiritual enough, I shouldn’t have arthritis. I can’t tell you how insane that whole idea is.”

Jim Palmer


“Let me be as clear as possible. Depression is not a “spiritual problem” or a sign that you are somehow failing God. Our life is our spiritual path, and we live it by responding to situations as they require. For some, that situation requires you seeking professional support for depression. That is spiritual enlightenment! It’s not being attached to false ideas about depression, and simply doing what the situation requires and seeking the help you need. 80% of people who have depression are not being treated. Don’t be part of that statistic!

The outcome of transformation, awakening, or enlightenment is not the absence of difficulties. It is coming into the awareness or correct perception of the true nature of things. It’s seeing the fundamental, unchanging, and underlying truth of your Self and all things. Meanwhile, you have a mind and body that has been conditioned by a lifetime of experiences…

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