GET TOTALLY DEPRESSED!
This had to be the funniest but most profound piece of advice and observation I have ever had from one of my children. I thought it was absolutely brilliant! Along with the numerous workshops I am taking right now (Mixed Media on-line) that are encouraging the embracing of ALL emotions, I have been doing some inner work to embrace all emotions - the good, the bad and the ugly.
Here is what I came up with.
1) I thought Jordan's words about the UPside of having chronic depression were brilliant, last week, when I was coming out of a 3 1/2 week bout of horrific depression - the longest in 8 years - (to truly see the benefit - that I would feel no anxiety whatsoever because I could feel "nothing"... as people with depression will know. I was absolutely "miffed" how profound this statement was. A few years back when I told him "I just don't care about anything and I hate that." He said to me: "Then just don't care about being depressed too." Again - brilliant! Gosh...
2) That I have come to realize that Depression is a truly wonderful gift in my life and healing tool kit. One would not tend to see it that way! Depression is an inner and outer instructor I have ignored and loathed for a very long time.
But when else am I going to sleep all day, stay in my PJ's, eat very little but drink lots of liquids (a good flush and fast), let myself get really messy? It just isn't my style. I am SO fastidious about how I look etc. that I would never "take time off" my life like my Depression makes me do. So I realized that my Depression is in fact, a wonderfully authentic friend - nothing to fear anymore and nothing to lament. Something to celebrate.
Tuck under the covers, get a tray beside me, load it up with food but perhaps put a tooth brush there too!
In light of all this...here is the art I came up with during this time. I think those who also have a lifetime of Chronic Mental Illness will relate. We are strong, we are brave and we are LOVED! and incredibly LOVING! Let us never underestimate that...we have a gift, if we choose to see and embrace it.
Peace and Lovies!
This next set is for a FREE workshop held by Carolyn Dube called WORDS. Please check it out!!!! It is SO cathartic. Carolyn is a fantastic teacher and such a grace filled person to offer all this (many days of workshop video) for free.
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