I agree, and I like the term you've coined "emotional (or mental) 
metabolism". And I agree, meditation is the best tool, although for 
some, they come to it via the therapist's couch first. For anyone 
who is truly disabled by depression, I think that's the way to 
begin, as some pretty tough things can come up in practice and it's 
helpful to have a guide. If it were me, I'd want someone with some 
background in Buddhism.

Susan

--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, "dkotschessa" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> 
wrote:
> If anybody ever cares what I write, I will someday be credited 
with 
> coming up with the term "emotional metabolism."  :)
> 
> I believe that emotions are essential and natural.  They are part 
of 
> human functioning and are not to be denied.  One book I read 
called 
> emotions "emotional signals" that are intended to convey to us 
some 
> sort of message.  We need to find out what they mean to us.
> 
> But the dysfunction arrives with attachment to emotions, positive 
or 
> negative.  And this is where Buddhism comes in.  Our meditation 
> practice, IMO, speeds up the process of "metabolizing" our 
emotions 
> in the same way that physical exercise incrases our ability to 
> healthily digest food.  
> 
> So I view depression as a prolonged attachment to one of these 
> emotions, thus an anomaly that needs to be worked on by whatever 
> means are available.  This may include some type of therapy with 
some 
> kind of professional, but meditation, IMO is the healthiest 
therapy 
> there is.  It is the practice of simply dealing with your emotions 
> directly, and confronting them in a relaxed and concentrated state 
of 
> mind.  It's natural and it's human.
> 
> Not only meditation, but the rest of the eightfold path as well.  
> When one is living one's life in accordance with sila then the 
> meditation becomes easier, the process of mental metabolism is 
helped 
> because there is less to "digest." 
> 
> -DaveK
>






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