SOMETIMES WHAT IS NEEDED MAY NOT BE INLINE WITH OUR PERSONAL CHOICES
It is apparent to me how necessary it is to understand that feelings of depression are often a part of healing in order to restore health. Sometimes depression is circumstantial and sometime it is chemical. Of course, it often is both. How potent it is and how it is expressed is what is most telling. How it impacts our lives, how it is experienced / acted out is the bottom line. It is only when we recognize the unforgiving feelings of embarrassment and shame about depression, that riddle our society, can true healing begin. We then open a door to moving forward and healing in a very deep way. Feeling shame about being depressed is hurtful to all of us and very damaging to our world in all aspects.
A free webinar that Oprah Winfrey and Eckart Tole hosted together back in 2009 is really worth watching, or listening to. It was 10 sessions and based on the book A New Earth by Mr. Tolle. To paraphrase: Mr. Tolle said that if there was no medication for emotional “sickness” the world would go totally mad and be unmanageable. Point being that we should all be compassionate toward those that rely on these meds. The more I heal from inflammation, the more I realize how depression is, or can be, a major characteristic of inflammation. When a person can not do what they want to do for long periods of time, due to illness / pain, being depressed is often the outcome. People who take meds for depression are, or most likely will be candidates for more serious diagnosis down the line. Keeping people emotionally less reactive, also known as numb, creates more candidates for medications and other long standing illnesses. This is one way to keep hospital and nursing home beds filled down the line. A rather sad observation, but I think one to be considered very seriously. No conspiracy theory.
Compassion for those around us whose behaviors seems unreasonable, and directed at us, need more quiet observation and less reaction. Taking things personally is the another sickness. I see this so enormously personified in politics all over the world today. Most strikingly, at this time, here in the USA with our current government and presidential administration.
Compassion for people we do not like much is one way to become more at peace with ourselves and our world. For me, a work in progress. I am sure this is a healthier way to look at life in general than simply accepting that’s just how it is.