--- In meditationsocietyofamerica@y..., "Gustavo Daud Amadera"
> I'm searching the web for info on sleep needs for meditation
practitioners - I started meditating seriously after a major
depression crisis (about 1 year ago).
> Recently I started waking up 1 hour (+-) earlier than I usually
did. My doctor really thinks I'm depressed again (based on that...).
> Thanks for any light on the subject!
> Gustavo Daud Amadera (Brazil)
You state above... Thanks for any light on the subject! My thought
here when you mention depression, is maybe you lack sunlight; light
starvation in other words. Not sure what season you are in in Brazil
( maybe rainy?) But I have heard sometimes the lack of sunlight can
be a cause for depression. Not just the idea of waking up earlier,
but also sleeping too much can be a sign of depression. Do you nap
during the day? When do you practise meditation? And do you sleep
after a time when doing this? If so I would recommend setting a
timer, and only do your meditation for 20 to 30 minutes. Or maybe
try doing your meditations in a different area, say outside in
nature... see if going outside into the sun light, maybe in a park,
etc... will give you an experience of change, and open you up for
getting in touch with other energy that is in nature. Also keep a
journal of your experience. Maybe you will be able to then figure
out through your journaling, just what could be causing your
depression. Maybe you also could take a look at how your job makes
you feel, or other personal issues in your life. Draw two columns
on a piece of paper, one side for things that really are enjoyable
for you, and one side for a list of things that make you feel
drained, or out of sorts. Once you discover the items that make you
feel drained (or sleepy, sleepless) than you can try to find
something to replace these things in your life, with
activities/objects that make you feel relaxed, quiet and full of
energy. Have you seen the movie "Pay it Forward"? If not it is a
story about a young school boy that has an assignment to try to
change the world. He desides to help three people that can not help
themselves. Maybe you could try to help someone by doing something
special for someone else, each week, day ? What ever you feel
comfortable with. These are just a few thoughts that came to me.
Hope it helps some :-)