PSYCHOLOGY - THERAPY - COUNSELLING

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Depression from a different angle

Can we look at depression from a different angle? Different from the conventional view?

Can it be viewed as a moment of growth? ‘Growth?’ some might ask with their frowning eyebrows.

Imagine the winter. Everything seems dying, lifeless. Yet, there is a lot going on beneath the surface. There is so much life under the apparent lifelessness. In fact, we see the beautiful manifestation of that life in all kinds of shapes and colours in the spring.

One can go through stages of lifelessness for a countless number of reasons, and so much is going on deep down. Depression is that moment of silence, moment of apparent lifelessness. Maybe it is nature’s way of protecting your rich life within from the apparent cold without. So it is not a time to despair, but a time to pause and to reflect so as to let the spring of your life spring again.

Different from nature that rotates its seasons automatically, for us human beings who go through different seasons, the movement from our psychological winter to the spring of life may not be automatic. You may need someone to offer the possibility of witnessing what it is like to be in the potentially dark and cold winter of your own being. You many need someone to facilitate that process of knowing the richness beneath your feelings of lethargy, disinterest and indifference.

That lifelessness experienced in many ways is saying something. It is our bodies and minds way of communicating something to us. Depression is the sign of your own being longing for greater life and also preserving life during the winter months of your life experiences. So once again, it is not a negative force, but perhaps a protective force that has much richness of information to offer us. How do we connect to it? Can we really listen?

Our bodies work incessantly to optimize our health, to remove systematically the unwanted. Our minds too, have their own ways of protecting us. Taking a conscious choice of being in touch with the subtle ways of working of our minds and bodies can help us to lead more energetic life.

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