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It has been said, “To the man armed only with a hammer, every problems resembles a nail.” Similarly, it is NOT uncommon for meditation enthusiasts to wonder if this path is a one-stop-shopping solution to meet ALL our needs.
Consider the example of the Buddha. We read that he meditated, yes. But his meditation did not alleviate his need to: contemplate, converse, walk, talk, sleep, eat or drink; and it most certainly did not prevent the assassin’s poison from eventually killing him.
Likewise we too need: sunshine, fresh air, exercise, adequate rest, and a whole-food vegan diet. As necessary as those things are they are not always enough and sometimes we need a highly qualified physician.
If you long to use diet and meditation as a substitute for SSRIs consult your psychiatrist. If they poo-poo your aspirations then, in this age of tele-medicine, find one who shares your world view. Perhaps you could find plant-based psychiatrist through PCRM’s FREE database (https://www.pcrm.org/findadoctor ); that ,with your bodily needs better met, you too could meditate like a Jedi.
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