Depression is a parasite of the mind. It can shatter even the strongest of people and leave them feeling empty and alone on the inside. I know this because I’ve been in states of severe depression many, many times in my life and I’ve always considered myself strong-minded. It’s an extremely difficult thing to shake off and once it buries, its way into your mind it feels like it will never go away. It’s only recently that I’ve found my own personal ways of pushing it away whenever it decides to re-surface.
“If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” – Lao Tzu.
This quote has pretty much saved me from self-destruction. When I truly understood what was being said from this quote my perspective completely changed. After stumbling across this quote, something dawned on me: all the times I’ve been feeling depressed I’ve been living in and thinking of the past; dwelling on events which have passed and constantly pondering mistakes and regrets. For all intents and purposes, the past is dead to us. After it happens it can only exist within our memory and if we choose not to remember and block it out, it cannot have any power over us. I also realized: all the times I’ve been anxious in my life it was because I was living in the future; contemplating things which haven’t even happened yet and devoting so much mental energy worrying about them. I allowed the past and the future to drain away from my mind and I was left with the present – the only thing that is truly relevant and real when you think about it.
I felt a 100% better when i did this for myself. I sometimes have to remind myself of the quote by Lao Tzu in order to bring stability back into my mindset when I feel like a wave of depression hit me. It works like a charm. For as long as I’m alive I will try my best to live by this quote…