The spirit of a city, of a state, of a nation, of the world, all very simple. The world sings if you listen.
Depression is potentially inevitable. It’s so much a part of our potential that whole types of music and art are defined by it. Whenever you struggle to the point your strength fails you, you will go into at least a temporary depression.
Mostly, we get in trouble with depression, because of our beliefs surrounding the state of being. Our value judgements, or the idea we have or were taught regarding how to deal with depression. Like the idea that trying to forget it will make it get better. Forgetting that our body has needs can wind up making you very dead. Well, your mind has needs also.
One of the needs of the mind is managing your mental and emotional strength. When we strain our muscles so much that they scream in pain, most of us know to stop. We rest a bit and either try the same task again, let our bodies get over the pain, or while we are resting we think of another way to perform that task that doesn’t involve so much strain. This is very natural. But when it comes to the mind, we seem to believe that it should be able to do anything, all of the time, constantly. When the mind begins to hurt what do we do? The mind can indeed hurt. It doesn’t have pain sensors. Mental pain results in the same thing as physical pain does, stiffness.
Most people just push on, in my experience.
Judge it as bad.
Medicate. That seems to be the answer for a lot of things. Medication is very often self sabotage, and institutions only care if society approves of how they handle things.
Rest, meditate, put mind to other parts of your reality to remind you you are not trapped by this depression. This is a good strategy.
Everything on this planet survives and thrives by adapting. What happens if you drive a nail deeply into a tree? It grows around it. Yes. It doesn’t fix it. It doesn’t destroy it. It doesn’t obsess on why a nail was driven into its body.
You put a bucket on it, catch the sap, make maple syrup. Yes. Sometimes you just bleed. It bleeds sap, and our mind bleeds also. It’s called sorrow. We weep.
The tree that doesn’t bend in the storm breaks. You have to be strong enough to be weak. You cannot avoid points of depression in your life, everyone will have them, but with understanding they will be a strength and not a threatening disease.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.