The Zen path through depression

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This book is a guide to the wilderness that is depression, written by someone who knows the territory and has seen that a map alone is not enough. It is a guide to using our own inner resources, and to learning how to read and listen to the signs around us. It is ultimately a guide to growth, insight, and realization.

The Zen Path through Depression is a practical, clear resource that approached depression in an entirely new way. Philip Martin tells us that "depression is an illness not just of the body and mind, but also of the heart." The heart, the spirit, is where the key to healing lies. Philip Martin, a psychiatric social worker and a longtime student of Zen, shows us, through the spiritual practice of Zen Buddhism, how we can heal depression and look fearlessly at our live.

He takes us through the realities of depression, the fears and doubts that are so intrinsic to this condition. We are shown the fundamental choice that we face: Do we run, or do we confront ourselves and or fear directly? In brief, inspiring, and instructive chapters, Martin shows how we can incorporate Zen ideals and practices into our everyday lives. Through a step-by-step recovery process, we are offered true help and guidance by which we are able to discover a new path to health and contentment.

This beautiful, simple book relates the basic practices and ideas of Zen Buddhism to the process of healing depression. Extremely accessible to people with little or no Zen experience as well as to longtime students of Buddhism, The Zen Path through Depression is a compassionate and spiritual approach to healing this debilitating condition.

Exploring the many issues and often difficult questions surrounding depression, author Philip Martin turns to his personal battle with this disease to show is how we, too, can heal ourselves through the Eastern practice of Zen. The Zen Path through Depression reveals a spiritual path we can travel to get through depression--a path that not only eases the pain but mends the spirit. This groundbreaking guide reveals how to cope and rebuild our lives and even how to view the experience as an opportunity for spiritual learning and growth.

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A Compassionate and Spiritual Approach to Rediscovering Joy

Using easy-to-follow techniques and practical advice, Philip Martin shows you how to ease depression through the spiritual practice of Zen. His lessons, full of gentle guidance and sensitivity, are a product of his experiences in using Zen practices and wisdom to alleviate his own depression.

Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of depression and recommends a meditation or reflection. With these tools, coping with depression becomes a way to mend the spirit while enriching the soul.

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subject_facet Depression, Mental -- Religious aspects -- Zen Buddhism
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Zen Buddhism -- Psychology
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Zen Buddhism