Posted by: Judy | November 6, 2014

Perspective on depression…

…from RootstoBlossom:

http://roots2blossom.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/mindfulness-and-depression-part-1/

I especially loved this:

No guest wants to be smothered with attention, so no wonder the joy has been hiding from me, fearful it will be tackled and shackled. In fact all of the emotions ran away, refusing to be controlled.

Emotions need to be honored guests, valued, appreciated and allowed to be kept wild and free. Forcing happiness to stick around is like plucking a wildflower – it will soon wilt and wither.

Then she posted part 2:

http://roots2blossom.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/mindfulness-and-depression-part-2/

I’ve been working on being more mindful of my body the last few days, so this was incredibly timely.

After messing up my back, herniated disc, I was blessed with a good pain specialist who set me up with a fantastic physical therapist. He took me back to when I tore all the ligaments in my ankle, age 18. We worked on teaching me to walk correctly for the first time in 25 years. It’s made a huge difference. Reading R2B’s blog, I acknowledged I need to be far more aware and mindful.

The last few days, as I’ve gone for my walk… actually, throughout the day, I’ve practiced being more aware of my body, the feel of my feet walking on the pavement or the sidewalk, the squaring of my shoulders, sitting straighter, how I move… As much as I’m not a fan of my body — I’ve posted about working on appreciating my body — this is different. This isn’t at all about how I look. This is simply about being aware of what my body is doing and how it feels in relation to what I’m doing. The pavement is easier on my knees, but there’s a slight incline to the middle of the street. The sidewalk has less “give” but it’s also flat. Interesting note: I have a bad habit of tripping over the slightest change, like a sidewalk square that’s slightly higher. I haven’t tripped once this week.

I’m also noticing that depression hasn’t had much chance to grab hold… I don’t know if the two things are connected at this point. I’m also wondering if I’ll keep up the awareness. It’s new, so it’s still interesting. We’ll see what habit brings… and doesn’t that open a door to all kinds of considerations…

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Responses

  1. I try not to think about how my body looks but rather what it can do. I’m not always good at this but I think it’s important to try to keep in perspective. It sounds like you’re on the right track. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Judith!

  2. Thanks for the links! I also think you’re on the right track. we all seem to have such terrible relationships with our own bodies. I’ve spent most of my life hating my body, for its appearance and for the pain it causes me. Time for some acceptance!

    • Hear! Hear!


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