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Lions Roar : March 2017
Depression JOSH BARTOK offers us an inner-dialogue practice for accessing more patience, courage, and acceptance in the face of depression. CONNECTING TO THE REALITY of impermanence can be tremendously helpful in times of depression. When I am experiencing depression, one way I have of connecting to this is with the following inner dialogue, which I have come to think of as a kind of catechism of impermanence: How do I feel? I’m in a black pit of depression. Everything is terrible. I’ll never recover. Is this the first time I have felt this way? No. Was it permanent the last time I felt this way? No, but this time it definitely feels permanent, so it’s surely different. Is this the first time I have been sure that this time is different? No. Was it permanent when I felt that way before? No, but this depression may be The Big One, the permanent one. Is this the first time I have thought that? No. Was I right about that before? No. tism, our relationships with others naturally deepen and become more loving. To help us do so, we can practice what Buddhism calls the four immeasurables: love, compassion, joy, and equanimity. These counteract the four compulsions of egotism that hold us back from loving relationships. 1. Instead of being self-centered, we act lovingly toward everyone. 2. We notice and care about the suffering and misfortunes of others. We see them with compassion, not judgment. 3. We give up envy of and competition with others; we are genuinely happy about their successes. 4. We do not react to people and events aggressively. We respond with loving-kindness and equanimity. We can use daily aspirations to affirm our commitment to egolessness and open ourselves to the four immeasurables in our true nature. Here’s one example; you are invited to craft your own. May I show all the love I have, here, now, and all the time. May I show compassion in any way I can to everyone who suffers, including me. May I be joyful about the good things that happen to any of us. May I respond with equanimity, serenity, and courage to all that happens and to all others may do. DAVID RICHO’s most recent book is Yo u Are Not What You Think: The Egoless Path to Self-Esteem and Generous Love (Shambhala). PHOTOBYJENNIFERBLAIR LION’S ROAR | MARCH 2017 63