Disclaimer:  This story isn’t about one person but rather many people I have known.
I once worked with a woman who would come see me every week.  She was depressed.  So. Very. Depressed.  We would talk about the classic symptoms of depression: the isolation, the increase in sleep, her weight gain, her lack of interest in anything at all, and the hopelessness she felt over not being able to “shake it off”.  We talked about her life.  She told me she had a good job which she enjoyed.  She stated she was content in her marriage and other relationships.  Her kids were doing fine, but for some reason she was simply sad all the time.
Clinical depression is like that.  The symptoms often don’t seem to make any sense at all.
I shared with her this quote from my favorite Psychiatrist, Carl Jung:
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”
We began our work.
We talked about how she felt.  We identified way down deep emotional responses she was too ashamed to share with others.  We talked about her heart’s longings left unfulfilled.  We talked about resentments held from desires swallowed and we felt the pain.  We touched it.  We looked at it.  We named it.
And then there was space for magic.
She began to release it.  She found new ways of looking at issues in her life, she learned the power of forgiveness, she cultivated a practice of wide-awake mindful living.  She set new boundaries with others in her life and pursued passions that made her feel alive.  She did the work.
She healed.
If you are interested in a similar journey, try this exercise right now.  Take 3 deep cleansing breaths.  What are you feeling?  Breathe 3 more deep breaths.  What else are you feeling?  Just notice what is there.

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