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Book Title: The Depression Book: Depression as an Opportunity for Spiritual Growth|
The author of the book: Cheri Huber
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Edition: Keep It Simple Books
Date of issue: September 1st 2004
ISBN 13: 9780963625564
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Once I'd got over my dislike of the cover (a more depressing book visually I cannot imagine), my problem with the handwriting and drawings (I kept thinking 'couldn't they have chosen a prettier script and better illustrations?' before I realised that this reaction was exactly the sort of perfectionism that results in anxiety/depression), I gained many really useful insights from this book. Take this:
'If your hair were on fire, it would not be helpful to panic and race around in all directions at once... Nor would it be a good idea to take a nap... What would be helpful? Get present, assess the situation, then move as quickly as possible to the nearest source of help. And I would encourage you to pull out all the stops. Staying with our hair-on-fire analogy, dunk your head underwaterwater, grab a fire extinguisher, smother the flames, yell for help. In other words, see your physician, see a therapist, start an awareness practice, learn to meditate.'
Given when I'm down I can veer from mania to duvet diving, this struck a nerve, and there was more, too. Interestingly, it shares a lot of the reasoning I found in 'Sunbathing in the Rain' by Gwyneth Lewis. Personally - and this is subjective - I preferred Sunbathing, as I loved Lewis' writing and the author's life experiences resonated strongly with my own. I also liked 'Shoot the Damn Dog' by Sally Brampton. But I would, as indicated by the quote above, suggest one adds this to meds/therapy/other books when pulling out the stops to heal oneself. Especially as only takes an hour or two to read, if rather longer to put into practice.
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Read information about the authorCheri Huber, author of 20 books, has been a student and teacher of Zen for over 35 years. In 1983, Cheri founded the Mountain View Zen Center, and in 1987 she founded the Zen Monastery Peace Center near Murphys, California. She and the monks at the Monastery conduct workshops and retreats at these centers, other places around the U.S., and internationally.
In 1997, Cheri founded Living Compassion, a nonprofit organization dedicated to peace and service. Living Compassion’s primary work is the Africa Vulnerable Children Project, based in Zambia, where for over a decade they have been working with the people of Kantolomba, beginning the process of turning a slum of 11,000 people into a self-sustaining community.
Cheri also has a weekly Internet based radio show.