I often feel a little sad at the medicalization of symptoms like depression or anxiety. Somehow the world has this idea that they are a purely physical, an illness that we may be prone to forever. This is definitely not the case . From my own experience and that of many humans I have witnessed, symptoms like depression and anxiety are really our inner being saying to us ” you need to start listening to me”.
Over an again I witness clients healing as they learn to see their deeper feelings with compassion. Then they learn to adjust habitual patterns of behavior or thinking that have not been helpful in their lives. Along the way they are learning how to listen to their own intuitive self and discover the way forward from the perspective of their hearts. It is beautiful to watch, it really is like watching a flower open.
The more we are willing to take responsibility for our own healing and have the courage to make some changes in the way we go about life. The more we will heal.
Some examples of patterns that can be slowly adjusted are; pushing people away or putting up walls because we fear we are not enough, or people pleasing in the world because we ache for acceptance and ignoring the needs of our inner being in the process. It really is as simple as being willing to see the fear compassionately or the desire for acceptance and then consciously, slowly changing the habitual behavior. There are many different unhelpful patterns all of which can be compassionately addressed as we heal.
The healing journey does involve a willingness to spend time in silence, to quieten the mind so that we can hear our inner being. We experience more and more “aha” moments as we discover a way forward that is in alignment with our heart. Healing also requires a willingness to become more vulnerable, open and to be very honest with ourselves.
I had periods of feeling depressed and anxious in my young life. However for many years now I have felt very whole and very at peace, love is growing all the time. There will always be flux of emotion, this can be welcomed as a part of ongoing learning. I have deepening trust in my ability to hear what I need to hear, to listen to what my heart is telling me and to trust the path life is taking me on, creating much less need for fear.
The real opportunity is to compassionately acknowledge what the body is feeling and to have the courage to slowly learn from it. This is how to heal. Becoming present to your deepest inner being will guide you on the right path. Sometimes it can be challenging to learn how to do this . I have always sought out teachers who I knew could guide me in the right direction. I would be very happy to guide you on your journey.