Depression can dig someone deeper and deeper into a pit of despair and deprive you of your energy, hope, and drive. The tricky part of depression is that it attacks the very things that would help you get better.
We haven't had a new episode in about a month. That is because I've been dealing with a particularly deep and extended bout of depression. This episode talks about what I learned from this one and the coping mechanisms I've learned over the years to climb out of the pit. Even if it has to be one grasp at a time.
Helpful article on coping: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/coping-with-depression.htm
Emotional mirroring is a natural part of human development. It's one way we feel empathy for each other and can communicate without words. There is a concerning trend in media that I only just noticed. Here is what to look out for and why you should care.
Article on Emotional Mirroring: https://www.psychologies.co.uk/psychology-emotional-mirroring
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Are you familiar with the term Mettā (Loving kindness)?
The last few mornings I have incorporated this into my morning meditation and it always triggers such an expansive, open, joyful feeling of love. I cry too. Every time ?. It’s somewhat tears of joy, but there’s a bittersweet feeling to it. They are also compassionate tears for those suffering all over the world and those suffer that I know personally.
Even with that tinge of sadness, it feels amazing to feel so deeply every morning. It then carries through the whole day. There is a deep sense of caring for every person that crosses my path.
What are your experiences with feelings like this? Would you like to learn to cultivate them?
One of the most common rebuttals to "we should have compassion for EVERY SINGLE HUMAN" is something to do with those among us that do truly horrible things.
Do they deserve our compassion? Should we just allow them to run amok?
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Join me on our collective journey of figuring this life out. This show is for you if you find yourself asking: How do I find my purpose? Why do I keep making the same mistakes? How can my relationships be stronger? Is there more to this life than just surviving?
We can do more than just survive. We can thrive and live a fulfilling life full of joy. We can attain financial, spiritual, and intellectual freedom.
Stop wasting your potential. This is a beautiful abundant life, even if it doesn't always feel like it.
With love, Craig Inzana