Tagged Dark Night

When Life Loses All Meaning: Coping with a Pointless Life

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Often, sudden spiritual awakening can be followed by a profound lack of motivation and the feeling that life is meaningless. How do we navigate this? I’ve been having an interesting exchange with a reader of MA who has expressed something I’ve heard many times from different people who have experienced sudden enlightenment. When the belief in…

Depression After Spiritual Enlightenment

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Realizing the emptiness of all things is a normal part of spiritual awakening. For some people that leads to serious depression and the feeling that life is pointless. If you feel stuck in this painful nihilistic perspective, you are not alone. I received a very poignant message from a reader who went to see a psychiatrist…

Spiritual Awakening and Depression

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Many people talk about experiencing a deep and oppressive depression, either just prior to or after spiritual awakening. Are enlightenment and depression connected? I’ve read many accounts of spiritual awakening over the past decade, and noticed a common thread of severe depression, even to the point of being suicidal. Quite a few people have asked…