From Oprah and Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth Online Class:
Sharon (audience member): I have close relationships to people who suffer from depression. And in talking with them, I find that there’s an inwardness and a strong identity that they have as people who suffer from depression.
Eckhart Tolle: Whether it is a physical condition that one suffers from or a psychological condition, there is the tendency to identify oneself with it.
Oprah: [People think,] “And I’m depressed because I’m identifying with my whole story.”
Eckhart Tolle: Yes. If you’re very strongly identified with my sad story, which for many people, yes, the story is sad. I had a sad story for many years until I let go of it… I was depressed.. until one night, I woke up, and I realized that this unhappy self is not who I am.
Continued in article Eckhart Tolle On Depression.