Thanks for this program. I appreciate hearing others talk of their experiences dealing with depression.
I've suffered most of my life with depression, anxiety, and bi-polar disorder and spent 16 years on various pharmaceutical cocktails. Three years ago I stopped taking all my medications and began practicing Theravada Buddhism. True, I feel depressed and anxious much of the time, but I am thankful for the clarity that I've gained from seeing myself as I am rather than through the veil of chemicals. I appreciate the seconds (sometimes minutes) during meditation, where patches of sky appear behind the dark clouds, when I can take deep breaths and turn towards the suffering and see it soften. This is finding ground in groundlessness, knowing that the worst is endurable, and that I've made it to the other side, however briefly, with the support of the teachings and the practice.
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