As everyone who has ever been in a severe depression knows, it comes in stages and it can take many years to develop. At first we deny it, followed by a period of coping with less and less successful strategies, until we are no longer able to cope with it and we have to face and deal with this darkness inside of us.
There is no quick fix available. Even a mind blowing event as a deeply transforming encounter with unconditional love, through meditation, a dark night of the soul or plant medicine for example, is -only- just the beginning. Jack Kornfield, a well known meditation teacher and writer of several books on meditation and enlightenment, has written one under the title 'After The Ecstasy, the Laundry'.. that says it all.
When we see the depression as just an illness to beat, a battle to be won, we miss the (spiritual) meaning of it. The depressed, or the one in 'deep rest', is in a process of transformation. S/he needs to nourish and nurture himself in a proper way to be able to contemplate in a clear mental state on his life and make life changing decisions, instead of numbing himself down with (a mix of) substances. We see depression as a spiritual crisis and I have a few tips on how to nurture yourself during this period of deep inner transition.
6 Essential tips to nurture yourself in depression