HOW TO DEFEND OURSELVES AGAINST DEPRESSION.

December 12, 2021 at 2:07 PM

In this modern age, conceptions such as anxiety, fear, depression and stress have become so real in the minds of the general public that sometimes their subtle and negative effects are not noticed. When those negative thoughts are accepted as real and normal attributes of our life, we may become involuntarily the subject of their harmful influence.

The aim of this blog is to waken us and to bring an awareness of those negative and harmful emotions, as well as how to use our inner strength and courage to efficiently counteract them, for good.

There can be various human reasons to justify depression or anxiety. They usually begin with self-pity or lack of satisfaction at

- home - marriage, kids;
- work – unemployment, uneasy management;
- insufficient funds for living;
- continued mental or physical illness.

These negative emotions may lead to dissatisfaction which in turn leads to isolation and self-pity. Being permanently in that uncertain and unhappy state of mind usually generates doubts and fears about the future. Thus, anxiety becomes so evident.

If anxiety is not approached with a logical, positive and spiritual attitude then the condition may grow into depression. To be out of this last mental state may seem a more difficult task but it also may be cured with success. We should go forward and take the right action without delay if our state of mind is recognized as unhappy and brings no joy. To have a strong and continuous desire to be free from this dormant state of mind, we must try and be focused on the thoughts of health, joy and harmony. These qualities are a vital part of success.

These days, we can hear from many psychologists that only having positive thoughts is not enough. In order to dwell on and apply those thoughts they need to be honest, effective and realistic.

Perhaps it would be productive to ask yourself this basic question:
“What kind of state of consciousness would I like to maintain?

Consider the following:
- A materialistic way of thinking, in which our mind, soul and life depend on material things or so-called laws, often makes us unhappy.
- Spiritual things, which are unchangeable and eternal, bring energy, joy, harmony and satisfaction within. Immortal, spiritual things such as truth, love, happiness, joy never lose their effectiveness to heal or to experience harmony, calmness, and peace. This is true, whatever situation may occur or appear around us.

Mary Baker Eddy first revealed the scientific, spiritual connection between mind and body. In her healing book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures she writes,
“Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts.”

We should let in our mind thoughts of inspiration and not depression. We should consciously keep in mind that inspired and joyous thoughts are the only true and real ones. Then we will experience harmony in our mind and body.
Thus the command of our Master, Jesus Christ, “Watch and pray” (or as Mrs. Eddy put it in Science and Health, “Be watchful, sober and vigilant”) becomes so vital on the way to complete freedom or healing.

The author, Mary Baker Eddy, also advises how we need to protect our consciousness from any mental, aggressive suggestions which constantly try to hold back our progress and turn us to a way of disharmony, convincing us that all our efforts are in vain.

The Science of Truth gives us a rule in which we affirm our conviction and our desire to nourish only good thoughts and refuse to accept any inharmonious or fearful thoughts. Mary Baker Eddy advises in her healing textbook,

“Evil thoughts and aims reach no farther and do no more
harm than one’s belief permits. Evil thoughts, lusts, and
malicious purposes cannot go forth, like wandering pollen,
from one human mind to another, finding unsuspected lodgment,
if virtue and truth build a strong defence.”

So we need to watch and plant only good seeds in our garden by rooting up all seeds of tares (weeds) like fear and doubts. We can do this with persistence and conviction that there is no place for anxiety or depression in our garden of harmonious being.

We need to constantly remind ourselves of the truth about our life that our being is the reflection of the one heavenly or divine Being. Therefore nothing inharmonious may enter or change our perfect, joyous and healthy being. Are we going to accept this spiritual idea and live it?

It is up to us take a stand in order to benefit from this spiritual approach. It is so obvious and natural that any disharmony will melt away just like the mist under the morning beams of the sunshine. The light of joy will shine brightly, as never before.