Symptoms of depression include feeling tired. Exhaustion is often a topic of discussion among my entourage lately. More and more people outside my circle of acquaintances are also expressing a desire for a break from the whirlwind of engagements and responsibilities leading nowhere.
Plague of Worried Well
In addition to these various conversations, several people I know have either committed suicide or attempted it. The trend seems to be growing and getting younger. Generally, there seems to be a lack of hope or the loss of a sense of fulfillment. Some have identified this trend as a plague: the plague of the worried well.
The northern hemisphere generally enjoys freedom from starvation, physical ailments brought on by lack of shelter or clean water, enslavement and poor educational opportunities. We are the privileged. Obviously, this is changing as the numbers of disenfranchised, homeless and unemployed rise. The divorce between church and state enforces this situation. We are no longer taught the golden rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Creating a link
Much of my work attempts to create a link between the material and the spiritual worlds. In the separation of the two we have formed a meaningless existence focused on the rights of the individual instead of the whole. The malaise from which our very comfortable half of the world is suffering has its roots in a complete disregard for our planet, its well-being and the well-being of its inhabitants or future generations.
Depression is cyclic
Depression visits me on occasion. What Dr. Ben Kim suggests as an antidote for these very normal down times is extremely helpful. When the first seven suggestions fall short of shifting the mood, the last two, in generous service to others, usually gets the job done.
Embracing the flow
We all get down at times. The flow of up and down is a natural occurrence. Instead of resisting the flow we could try a different tactic. Holding the tension of a depression while actively looking for the lessons it is trying to teach us opens doors we never knew existed. Patience, presence to the moment and persistent gratitude all help to get us through the tough times.
Don’t forget to take in the show at Harcourt House. “In Search of the Human Essence” runs until July 14th. I forgot to post a sign: Lift the Veil. Take a peek under the plastic sheet supporting the poem. Enjoy!
August is very busy with a show in the Mezzanine at Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, beginning the 9th. Collectif Devenir hangs “Abondance” on 20th with an opening reception on the 7th September at the Kiwanis Gallery in Red Deer. And the member show for CAVA opens on the 5th October. Keep tuned for more details!