GUEST POST — Depression Success Story: “My Daily Recipe for Staying Mostly Depression-Free”

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You may not have made a connection between spiritual practices and balancing or warding off depression.

Then again, maybe you have.

Depression is a human condition continuum that can range from a difficult day to a doctor’s diagnosis. If I tell myself that I’m not afflicted by depression because I don’t have a prescription, yet I realize I am becoming more and more sedentary (and why is that?!?), I’m just splitting language hairs here.

At least it’s something to consider.

Author and mystic Mollie Player has opened me to this beautiful consideration.  Mollie shares depression success stores and spiritual practice success stories at mollieplayer.com. I invite you in for reflection along with me through her guest post today. My own huge Aha came near the end, where she says:

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Courage is My Safe Word

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It’s not about scaring yourself, or searching for a fear so that you can conquer it. It’s not about waking up every day looking for, or creating, something to overcome. Those are great approaches if you do have something that you’ve been avoiding — by all means, face that fear. Be brave. Do the thing you’re wanting to do but are afraid to try.

Insane courage and bravery is also about the gentle, steady approach to an intentional life.

Do something every day that stretches you. Awakens you. Lights you up. Keeps it fresh for you. Expands you.

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A Great Reply for “So…What’s New with You?”

 

It’s easy to undervalue our interests. We think we have to master a skill, have actual talent, in order to own it. That if we’re dabbling, playing with something — for fun! — our interest is not yet ready to be declared.
So​ ​here’s​ ​another​ ​creativity​ ​exercise​ ​for​ ​us​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​the​ ​plasticity​ ​in​ ​our​ ​brains​ ​and​ ​the 
endorphins​ ​flooding​ ​our​ ​systems.​ ​And​ ​to​ ​help​ ​us​ ​step​ ​more​ ​fully​ ​into​ ​ourselves.​ ​It​ ​comes​ ​from  Pam​ ​Grout’s​ ​​Art​ ​&​ ​Soul,​ ​Reloaded. 
 
Design​ ​an​ ​elevator​ ​pitch​ ​for​ ​a​ ​creative​ ​project. 

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Wallow in Your Wonderful

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Tomorrow is the US holiday of Thanksgiving. An annual immersion of appreciation is a beautiful thing to experience.

Thanksgiving is also a state of being. An attitude. A way to navigate our days, and thus, our lives.

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What Are You Shouldering?

A chickadee sitting on the author's shoulder, it landed there as she was walking at home.

A walking landing pad for a chickadee.

Open your eyes to the beauty around you.

What you hope to one day see is already there — simply look, and it reveals itself.

Do you want more love? Ease? Peace? They’re here.

Do you desire freedom? Joy? Independence? Partnership? Yep, just waiting to be recognized.

Look close to home for what you desire,

And it will land on you.

Just watch what happens when you begin to see.

Now to you: what do you currently see sitting on your shoulder? Would you like to see more of it, or something else instead? Share in the comments below. Recognition is the first step toward seeing our lives transform.

 

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