This week we had a Panel Discussion on Depression in our Women's Wednesday night Bible Class.
What I found interesting was they (women counselors) talked briefly about the difference between discouragement, depression and clinical depression. One of the helpful things mentioned was that when you have a discouraging thought, it is usually temporary. You can move on and it doesn't really affect your behavior/life for too long. Which is not true of depression. One coping mechanism they suggested is that you acknowledge the problem and send it on it's way, like a train (from the book, Flourish, by Martin Seligman).
I associated that with a similar suggestion in Meditation. Often when you are praying or meditating, random thoughts come into our heads that disrupt us. What I've learned is that you should acknowledge it, then let it go - and don't beat yourself up for having the thought. Or, if you're afraid you will forget the thought and need to act on it, jot it down quickly, then go right back to the Meditation.
Since I'm pretty sure your brain acts like mine and it going 12 different directions at once, this is helpful to me! Just LET. IT. GO. Whether it is a discouraging thought or situation, or when you are actually trying to pray or meditate and you get interrupted by your own brain. LET. IT. GO.
I'm reminded of a song by the same title written by Brianna Gaither. She wrote hers long before Disney's Frozen came along. Have a listen HERE, and have a beautiful week!