Best Spirituality Book for Depression: Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One by Joe Dispenza
Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself discusses the science of reforming one’s brain in order to create a more positive life experience.
Can this book help me overcome depression?
Does it address depression specifically? What does it say that can help?
In Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, the author cities a study showing that when people use both emotion and conscious intention, they are able to change their very DNA.
He also relates the story of his daughter, who manifested her dream trip to Italy exactly as she wanted it to be through visualization.
All this change doesn’t come easily, though. Emotions are nothing more than a particular pattern of activity in the brain. With exercise, these pathways become stronger. When the cells in these patterns aren’t fed as often as usual, they protest. They send out signals that they aren’t getting the “right” ligands—the proteins that fit them that allow them to create their particular thought/emotion. The hypothalamus signals the brain to think the very thought that feeds this group of cells.
The habit of an emotion can be broken, though. Visualization, prayer, meditation and conscious intending helps us “unmemorize” old patterns.
The author also notes that in Sanskrit, the word “meditate” means “to cultivate self,” and in the Tibetan language it means “to become familiar with.”
To what degree do you think it can help me overcome depression?
Depression effectiveness rating: 7 on a scale of 1-10
Where can I find it?
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