On Early Morning Depression. ~ Chogyam Trungpa.

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on Nov 10, 2009
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When you feel depressed, when you feel bad, it is sometimes for no reason at all.

You wake up in the morning and feel hopeless, terrible. We may use our experiences to justify that feeling. I feel bad…because I don’t have any money. I feel bad…because something has gone wrong in my life. In fact, our early morning depression is not all that logical. Out of nowhere, you just don’t feel so good.

Then you come up with all kinds of logical explanations for why you are depressed. In the Shambhala tradition, we talk about how fearlessness comes out of the realization of fear.

Similarly, when you experience morning depression, it is possible to cheer up. That situation is genuine and quite workable. From morning depression and its terror, we can step right into basic goodness.

We can appreciate depression as being like a wobbly staircase. When you put your foot on the first step, you wonder whether it’s going to hold you. You might fall. But as you take further steps, you realize that it’s going to carry you upstairs.

We learn to reject the terror of morning depression and to step into morning basic goodness, right on the spot.


trungpa2From Ocean of Dharma: The Everyday Wisdom of Chogyam Trungpa. # 77.
Originally condensed from Great Eastern Sun: The Wisdom of Shambhala, pages 30-31.

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12 Responses to “On Early Morning Depression. ~ Chogyam Trungpa.”

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  4. Vox says:

    Yes, reading to get info or help w/ depression or panic attacks is good. The more tools one has, the better! I awoke to a panic attack this a.m due to a nightmare (involving stairs, oddly enough). I took deep breaths, in and out, until my heart stopped racing.

  5. matt says:

    Interesting post, I didn't realize it was such a common thing…morning depression.
    And I've definitely woken up with morning depression many a times, and thought it was just me…and then kicked myself for starting my day in such a bad way.

    I wonder if you have any thoughts on the WHY of morning depression?

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  7. the seaqueen says:

    i was hoping this might tell me something but to me it makes no sense. when u feel horrible in the morning for no reason there is no staircase. it's like waking up in a burned out basement and there are no stairs,

  8. Harleigh Quinn says:

    The link to the Facebook quotes is broken.

  9. J vurr says:

    I think when you wake up and feel sad it is because you are sad…maybe a good cry is in order.

  10. L Blume says:

    This article raises an important question for many, and then goes nowhere.

  11. L Blume says:

    This article raises an important question for many, and then goes nowhere.

  12. david says:

    so true!!