Is depression a choice?

Late last year, perhaps in November, I decided to not be depressed anymore. A lot of crap had happened, and I was feeling crappy. I could sense myself going into the tailspin that I know really, really well – after hundreds (if not thousands? let me calculate the years) of repetitions. . Mindful, repetitious observation … Continue reading Is depression a choice?

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Seasons of the psyche

Camus says, "In the midst of winter, I finally found there was within me an invincible summer."   However, Wu-men says: "Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life."   Sasha, … Continue reading Seasons of the psyche

The alternative, long-term empath survival kit

I've fed on and digested a wide range of advice for overwhelmed empaths from the web, courses and books. Testing, adapting and discarding, over time I've pieced together a strategy that's worked for me — moved me from having to avoid public transport or even lively streets towards enjoying travel, sometimes even relishing the bustle. … Continue reading The alternative, long-term empath survival kit