The Depression Book: Depression as an Opportunity for Spiritual Growth Paperback – Sep 1 2004
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The direction of the book is constructive and positive, and emphasizes on simple, practical meditation as the basis for untying those knots which are tied by none other than ourselves. It is an important contribution to our attitudes about depression and encapsulates core Buddhist teaching with hardly a mention of the Buddha or Buddhism. It is also fun to read, often hilarious, sensible - and unsparing. One of the basic and essential works of this important modern guide.
Depression offers us an opportunity for spiritual growth. "Like everything else in life," Huber writes, "depression is an ally, a gift. It has something to teach us" (p. 98). "Depression brings me back to myself in a way much of life does not," she writes. "It gets my attention. It says, 'Stop! Pay attention!'"(p. 69). Depression allows us to see the cause of our suffering, to see who we are, to embrace ourself in compassion, and to let go and end the suffering (p. 1). Instead of "numbing ourselves to depression with food, drugs, alcohol, sex, talking" (p. 63), Huber recommends that we get to know our emotions; rest, eat well, and exercise regularly; and take up an awareness practice that enables us to let go of false beliefs and assumptions about how we and the world should be (p. 146).
I arrived at this book through a friend who encouraged me to read Cheri Huber. Since this is the second Huber book I've read this week, I guess I'm hooked on Huber. Her book is equal parts Zen, inspiration, and self-help, and printed in a handwritten format, "to slow the reader down so that awareness can touch the heart as well as the head." It is engaging and insightful. Huber teaches us that, depressed or not, "your life reflects your attitude of mind; your attitude of mind does not reflect your life" (p. 96).Read more ›
Written in easy to read/understand language, this book can be read in just one or two sittings. The book's layout, written by hand with hand drawings, allows the reader to feel as though they are listening to a friend share great wisdom. Cheri Huber promotes deep looking into the depression, no need to run, hide, or create a story around it, just see it as depression.
As a student working on my Masters in psych, I am so pleased to see a book that is well written on such a difficult subject. Go back and click the order button on this one, you won't be sorry!
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my son-in-law was not happy with this book - because he did not like reading where he was at.Published 7 months ago by Valerie Ritchie
I could not relate at all to this book. I'm all for mindfulness, and sure meditation and exercise can help, but the essence of Huber's advice is to stop beating yourself up and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Steven Rheault-Kihara
I was very frustrated by my depression. Hated that I went through it and could not find any helpful sources to manage it when it struck. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2002 by jmloftus13
I found this book insulting to people experiencing deep depression. The book's advice of embracing the depression by renting a movie or baking a black cake and throwing yourself a... Read morePublished on June 20 2001
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