What Dreams May Come/Overcoming Depression

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In light of Robin Williams tragic suicide. I am inspired to share my own experiences with depression. I feel it is important to be transparent so that people do not feel alone. I always say that we are all in this together because we truly are. What we put out into the universe effects everyone in total. So if you are having a difficult time in life, remember you are not alone. Others feel with you and for you. That may be where the sang, “holding space” came from. Prayer and sending love and light to those that may need extra support for a while. Being strong when they are weak and vice versa.

Often when people commit suicide we are left pondering about what we could have done to save them. The truth is, nothing, because if you were supposed to save them then it would have been so. No use in living in “what if’s” and beating yourself up about what you could have done. Instead move forward and share your light in the present moment. Sometimes although tragic, people’s lives are meant to be a catalyst to save others. When a suicide is committed on such a grand scale, as in Robin Williams case, mental health is brought to the fore front and in turn possibly saving millions of other people’s lives. Everyone becomes more aware  and compassionate to what others are going through despite outward appearances. It is a reminder that everyone is fighting their own battle. His death is not in vein, as long as we learn, grow, and evolve from it.

My own experience with depression came at a very early age. I often found myself feeling things on a very deep level. Perhaps taking on other people’s emotions, because when I looked at my life, I had nothing to really be sad about. Yet sometimes the depression seemed out of my control and it would spiral into a deep dark place, where I could no longer see the light. I even had times where I wished I would pass. I carried a deep yearning for home I guess, on the other side. I would cry and cry for no logical reason. I went through very harsh experiences very similar to Angelina Jolie and Winona Ryder’s movie, Girl Interrupted. Through my journey with depression, I noticed one common denominator. When I stepped outside of myself, the depression dissipated. Procrastination was my enemy and selfishness was what fed the misery. I studied all different ways to help cure myself but one of the most profound tools was a simple change in perception. A learned trait to think positive. Life will always be harsh. Always throw you arrows but you have the choice on how you want to see and feel things. Nobody can do that for you.

A big turning point for me was when someone that I deeply admired gave me the harshest advice I ever received. He said that depression was just laziness. Having been deeply depressed at the time, I got very defensive and offended, thinking that he didn’t know what it was like and surely had never suffered from depression. But after the initial shock of his comment settled, I let it resonate and I found that it was kind of true, for me. Once I stepped outside of myself, stopped procrastinating, pointing fingers, being a victim, got off my bum and started living life, the depression went away. Laziness may have been a harsh term but it was the wake up call that I needed. Taking my life back and finding the desire to truly live again.

Depression is a serious illness, unlike sadness that is caused from a situation and goes away on it’s own. Depression can cause you to lose hope in everything and abandon everything you once found joy or pleasure in. In this lies the secret….conventional doctors treat the symptoms of depression, which is hopelessness but I believe depression is only cured at the root. This is not easy. In most cases it is done by robotically going through the motions until your brain catches on. You have to find something outside yourself to move you and get you going.

I am not saying that this is true for everyone but this is my story and if it can help just one person then I am grateful. Please seek medical help if you have thoughts of suicide or severe depression.

Mental Health tools that helped me Overcome Depression

-Resist laying in bed and moping around. Make plans, set goals, get out of the house, especially when you don’t feel like it.

-Refrain from stimulants of any kind. Alcohol, sugar, drugs, etc.Instead feed your body healthy nutritious foods to assist in mental health.

-Stay active. Exercise everyday. Studies show that exercising releases endorphins that make you happy. Don’t feel like working out? Go for a walk. My yoga teacher says, if you have a problem, go for a walk and you will come back with an answer.

-Help other people in need. Be a good friend. If you are not a good friend then you will not have any friends. Step outside of your own needs and do for others, in turn you will actually be helping yourself.

-Seek natural remedies like Rescue remedy,Kava Kava or 5 HTP which is an amino acid that may raise levels of serotonin.

-Get your hormones balanced. Women especially can get overly emotional with their moon cycles, birth control, pregnancy, and menopause. Don Quai is known for balancing women’s hormonal fluctuations but my favorite formula is from Dr Shultz called Female formula. Pregnant women excluded.

-Get a blood test to check for Vitamin D deficiencies and anemia, both can be triggers for depression.

*”Jack,Maggie, all you have to do is think one happy thought, and you’ll fly like me.” -Robin Williams as Peter Pan in Hook

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Ever Wonder Why You Always See The Number 3!!!

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There are many times in our lives when  numbers seem to pop up everywhere. You had a favorite number as a kid, you saw repetitive numbers during a change or shift in your life, or you had numbers give you signs and direction because of the meaning they represented to you. There is no coincidence. The universe runs on numbers and the spiritual world thrives on it. Each number or pattern of numbers represents different energies or embedded vibrations in one’s life. There may have been a time where you saw 1111 for a period of time. Now those that saw 1111 are now frequently seeing 333 or 33.

Here is why-

* You are on board the train! Congratulations! haha. If you are frequently seeing these numbers then you are inline with the universal shifts that are occurring.

* It is a symbol of trinity or triad for oneself. Mind, body and spirit. Either reminding you to connect the three if you are not or if you are, showing you that you are on track. Three becoming one.

* 333 is a spiritual gateway number. Letting you know that the universe is supporting you in abundance to evolve, grow and flourish.

* In Christianity it represents the holy trinity. Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. The number 3 is also used 467 times in the bible.

* Relatives that have passed,spirits (Ascended masters) and angels use 3’s as a form of communication and confirmation. To let you know they are here to assist in manifesting your life’s purpose.

* Seeing any repetitive numbers is a sign to pay attention. Your subconscious is trying to make you aware of something in your conscious life.

* Tri angle. Three equal sides representing Truth. Look at the truth of the situation. Look to achieve balance on all three sides. Maybe you are too focused too much on one side.

* Seeing singular digits is a more delicate meaning. Seeing two, three or more of the same number intensifies its meaning.

 Our subconscious, the universe, angels, and spirits are all working to make our journey the best it can be. Numbers and what they represent and symbolize in relationship to the universal principles can be one of the best tools to do so.  – Jesse Golden

 

Looking at Life from a Different Perspective with Yoga

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Some times all we need to appreciate what we have in life is to look at it from a different perspective. One might complain about having to go to the store to get groceries but if you take that same person to a village in Africa, where they have to kill their own food and walk miles for water, they will indeed appreciate and have gratitude for the many grocery options we have here.

I remember hearing a story as a child about a polish man who always wore shoes a size smaller so that when he took them off it felt great. Kind of silly but I get his point.

Other than traveling or wearing small shoes, there is nothing better at changing your perception than yoga. Yoga forces you to go inward and deal with emotions and feelings that you may have never dealt with before. Yoga is the journey of the self,through the self,to the self. Being put in compromising poses or asanas tests your character. Your reaction or lack of determines your success in each asana. Learning to let go, surrender and have gratitude for what ever it is that you are feeling. It is all based on your perception, how you choose to see things. In yoga I take this literal. Try looking at life upside down or side ways and see how different it looks. Sometimes physically changing your view can start the internal shift on how you perceive things.

A lot of people get scared of hand stands and being upside down because it is different. Just as in life, change can be scary. Try not to think too much or take yourself too seriously. Think of how you were as a child and just play.

How to do a handstand

Always begin by practicing hand stands at the wall. Start in downward facing dog, with your hands a couple of inches from the wall. Walk your feet in towards your hands and try to bring your shoulders directly under your wrists. Firm your arms and press all ten fingers into the ground. Look between your hands and raise one leg up to the sky. Bend the bottom leg and practice hopping up, until both legs reach the wall. Once your legs are at the wall, draw your tailbone down, straighten and activate your legs and flex your feet. Continue to press your hands into the ground, root to rebound. Take a couple of seconds here then slowly lower one leg at a time and come into child’s pose for several breaths before standing up and don’t forget to smile:)

* I like to turn things upside down, to watch pictures and situations from another perspective.- Ursus Wehrli

 

 

 

5 Days To Gratitude/Day 5

 

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Day 5: Prayer. Being thankful before you eat. It’s also a way to connect your family and make everyone present. I am a big believer in prayer and have never missed a prayer at bedtime. It’s my time to connect and check in with myself and the universe and simply have gratitude for my day.

* What if you woke up today with only the things you were thankful for yesterday?