Depression is a wake-up call to heal and nurture yourself

Written by Amie on December 10, 2009 – 12:23 am -

woman-talking-on-phone-angry-uidYou are not flawed or weak

Many people think that having depression means they are flawed. I know I did. Depression is sometimes viewed as having a weakness. People who believe this have no idea what struggling with depression is really like. Depression does not mean you are flawed in any way, nor does it mean you are weak. It really means that you are ready to wake up to your truth! It is a major wake up call. Believe me, I never saw it this way when I was in the deep dark hole of depression. I believed 100% that I was flawed. I understand the reason I thought there was something wrong with me. It was  because I spent all of my energy trying to make my depression go away, instead of focusing on what was going on inside me. I tried to find something, anything, that would end my suffering. I had no clue that in order to make my depression go away, I would have to face my truth. It is sometimes a very painful process.

Our nervous systems are on overload, let your truth take the reins

Since so much of our world (the environment, the structure of our world) is depressed right now, it is no wonder so many people are depressed. I saw a statistic that antidepressant usage in the United States has doubled in the last decade.  Our nervous systems are on overload. Our inner world mimics our outer world unless we make the conscious decision to allow our truth to take the reins. Many people choose to continue down the path of suffering for many reasons. They may choose “DOing”, instead of “BEing”. They may choose to keep themselves so busy that there is seemingly no time to deal with their inner world. It is different for each person. Some people are just not ready to awaken. Others begin the journey, but stop when it becomes too painful. I can relate to this. Awakening is a wonderful, empowering path, but it is also painful and difficult at times.

Feel your full range of emotions

Our culture encourages avoidance and repression of emotions. Medication is encouraged usually from the start to make the “symptoms” go away. Medication is necessary in some cases, but should not always be the first suggestion in my opinion. Our society encourages us to avoid emotions and feelings. The thought is that we need deal with it quickly and then just get on with life. It is assumed that happiness with follow. Well, this doesn’t always work. If you are human, you have a full range of emotions. Not one of them is more important than the others. Not one of them is worse than the others. Depression comes in when we repress, avoid, or ignore our emotions. As children, it is sometimes necessary to create coping mechanisms in order to survive varying traumas. This also sets up the pattern of depression. Coping mechanisms are usually taken into adulthood. Therefore, years and years of repressing emotions are accumulated.

Depression is the beginning of a wonderful journey

The most wonderful news is that we all can heal. Everyone is capable of healing. As we each heal individually, our world also begins to heal. Everyone and everything is connected, so our personal healing contributes to the world healing. All humans have emotional wounds. Depression is a big, and sometimes very loud wake-up call for us to begin healing. For most people, depression will keep nagging at them until they finally pay attention to the cry for healing. Depression is not a weakness, it is a call to re-discover your strength. Depression is a call for you to remember to nurture yourself and your truth. Depression is the beginning of a wonderful journey of allowing yourself to be exactly who you are. Depression is a call from your soul letting you know that change is needed. Your inner connection is broken and is ready to be repaired. Repaired with love and nurturing that you deserve. Be Gentle with yourself. Be nurtured. Pure love is within you right now, and always.

The Illusion of Self Image, by Adyashanti

 


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