Like a wild animal, the soul is tough

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Porta Nigra, Germany: Photograph by Robert Clark, National Geographic
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“Like a wild animal, the soul is tough, resilient, resourceful, savvy, and self-sufficient: it knows how to survive in hard places.
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I learned about these qualities during my bouts with depression.
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In that deadly darkness, the faculties I had always depended on collapsed.
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My intellect was useless;
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my emotions were dead;
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my will was impotent;
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my ego was shattered.
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But from time to time, deep in the thickets of my inner wilderness, I could sense the presence of something that knew how to stay alive even when the rest of me wanted to die.
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That something was my tough and tenacious soul.”
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― Parker J. Palmer, A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life
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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jennifer on September 30, 2015 at 1:43 am

    We’ve all been there – beautiful.

  2. When depression comes, welcome it. Watch it. You will be happy when it comes, exists and goes.

  3. Depression is a dissociative disorder. We leave the present moment to predict gloom and doom.

    In this present moment, if we empty the mind of thought, all is well, as it should be.

    Depression assumes many judgments about our past that we project into our future.

    If we bring awareness to each breath, the negative thoughts become obvious.

    Depression fuels when we dissociate.

    Depression lessens when we stay present and let go, accept life as it is without judgment.

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