2283Re: Here's a thread...
- May 2, 2006Jenn shared [[I've been dealing with another cycle of depression.
[snip] I left with a perscription for happy pills. I don't want to
take the damn things, [snip] .. history of the Norse people, [snip]
They didn't whine .. they simply accepted thier situations or fought
to make them better. I feel like, but taking a pill for being 'sad'
all the time, I lose honor in the eyes of the Gods. [snip] To me,
part of being Asatru is having the strength to deal with daily life
issues in addition to any religious or spontaneous occurances. Is it
weak to take these medications, even for a little while?]]
Depression leaves one feeling desolate, and this needs be worked out
through expression, which frees the body for improvement-progress.
Doubt and fear is often naturally cast off by recognizing that they
are self-inflicted or self-imposed limitations, so that once realized
they are easily let go. However, this does not assure that
rearranged doubt and fear will not emerge in their place.
The entire body-mind-soul is stimulated to seek growth, development
and satisfaction, which is why the mind is able to grasp a seemingly
small event that will spontaneously release itself from - even if
momentarily - depression or despair.
If you are depressed bear in mind that it is natural and probable
that every problem will be solved, that every problem has a
Many who suffer from depression tend to devote themselves to the
miseries of the world, which then creates more depression. But more
so, this scenerio creates a highly prejudiced view of reality, one
that negates the positive in favor of the negative. Creative,
worthwhile and achieving moments exist in abundance, are ever
present, and thoughts on them will bring about refreshment and
release from tension.
If you are depressed about world events then volunteer at a local
level. If you are lethargic then resolve to perform a specific task
Nature does not know damnation, and because we are all part of nature
we cannot be damned. Instead we should consciously seek to activate
those coordinates that promote our own peace of body-mind-soul, to
quicken the healing process.
No one can advice you to take or not take medication for your
depression. However, when the mood is regulated chemically the mind
may become confused - which is why your doctor is, I will assume,
extremely cautious about giving your medication and hopefully you
have related to him your reluctance to accept them.
I have suffered from crippling depression, brought on by the death of
my son. I never took medication, but then, I never had a history of
depression prior to that event. Therefore, my advice to you is:
-Refuse to worry about the future or the past or what your ancestors
would have done.
-Remind yourself that it is NOT inevitable for the most unfortunate
of situations to take on the darkest tones.
-Concentrate on the present moment, especially upon the pleasantness
of what is pleasant. Always bring your mind back to what is
delightful and pleasing.
-Remember laughter and sunshine, the smell of spring flowers and the
feel of cool breezes, the smell of homemade cookies and the sound of
crisp snow underfoot - these simply pleasures will alleviate fear and
doubt at least momentarily, which is all they need to be alleviated
for - in the moment, right here in the Now.
And at all times ...
Völuspá - Seiðr as Wyrd Consciousness
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