Depression

Posted by Phillip Gordon on Monday, October 12, 2009
I am interested in this question. Is depression a mental illness, or is it a moment when life asks us to stop, to consider, to wake up to ourselves. Is depression a natural human phenomena that when embraced passes. Is it an illness because we make it one? We say that it is not natural so it belongs to the pocket of maladies that prevent productivity and functioning in a particular world that measures success by what we do and achieve, not by who we are. Perhaps it is the way in which we view depression that makes it what it is in our society. What if depression was a device of the human condition to ask you what is going on for you, what are you not doing, not being, that is important. What are you missing in your life? As life peaks so too does it trough. We clamber for the heights and do all that we can to avoid the lows. It is as though low is bad, wrong. When in fact the lows are perhaps a time to replenish. In resisting this natural state we encourage it to stay. We feed it with our desire to run from it, so the very voice that is wanting to be heard starts screaming in the night.It is like a child that is being ignored. What happens if we allow this state to be there, and rather than making attempts to rid ourselves, we embrace and sit down with the depression and learn from it, listen to that voice. And only then move on. What if our depression contained the very thing we are seeking.



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Phillip C Gordon I am an Alchemist, falling into the fires of transformation over and over as I realise the gold that I am. I choose to serve all humanity to that end, to raise the consciousness of humanity, one by one if that be the case. I am a writer, a speaker, an actor and fool.

Depression

Posted by Phillip Gordon on Monday, October 12, 2009
I am interested in this question. Is depression a mental illness, or is it a moment when life asks us to stop, to consider, to wake up to ourselves. Is depression a natural human phenomena that when embraced passes. Is it an illness because we make it one? We say that it is not natural so it belongs to the pocket of maladies that prevent productivity and functioning in a particular world that measures success by what we do and achieve, not by who we are. Perhaps it is the way in which we view depression that makes it what it is in our society. What if depression was a device of the human condition to ask you what is going on for you, what are you not doing, not being, that is important. What are you missing in your life? As life peaks so too does it trough. We clamber for the heights and do all that we can to avoid the lows. It is as though low is bad, wrong. When in fact the lows are perhaps a time to replenish. In resisting this natural state we encourage it to stay. We feed it with our desire to run from it, so the very voice that is wanting to be heard starts screaming in the night.It is like a child that is being ignored. What happens if we allow this state to be there, and rather than making attempts to rid ourselves, we embrace and sit down with the depression and learn from it, listen to that voice. And only then move on. What if our depression contained the very thing we are seeking.



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