The Dark Night of the Soul – how can Pop Conscious Unity people use practical, positive principles to navigate it? Our tools include comedy, music and cartoons as ways to observe, connect and understand the metaphors and metaphysics. Team member, Michele Coles, who has been known to use spiritual stand-up comedy as a map, joins us in an honest exploration of our shadows as we make our way to the light.
Disclaimer: We are fellow spiritual seekers, sharing our experience, we are not licensed therapists nor do we claim to have any answers, but merely suggestions, ideas, theories, stories that might help others feel less alone, or give them clues to move forward on their own paths.
HOLISTIC HEALTH – Neuro Emotional Technique – acknowledges the relationship between emotional health, environmental toxicity, nutritional balance and structural integrity – physical correction
HALT – Don’t let yourself get too Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired.
Reasons for depression:
Exhaustion, overwork, overgiving, pushing
Hormones – surges or drops,
Tools I’ve used before:
Spiritual Madness by Carolyn Myss – http://www.myss.com/catalog/spiritual-madness.htm
Today, spiritual seekers are faced with conflicts no monk ever faced, leading to a “dark night” unique to our age. This deep and rich “madness” is an inescapable part of the contemporary mystical journey.
Spiritual Madness is a unique and daring session that reaches to the borderland of spiritual experience, where the inner mysteries of the divine are fully opened in the outer world of career and family.
— Listen to what you feel, what is it telling you? Unity principle – turn within
Escapism, immersion into something comforting, allowing, not pushing away
What do you want to be doing?
—Time to make a plan and find the energy to pursue it – Unity principles say everything is created twice
— Pets! Unconditional Love and acceptance, caring for another
Celebs who have been public about it
- Brooke Shields and Gwyneth Paltrow – PostPardum
- Anne Hathway
- Ashley Judd – “No one had ever validated my pain before,” she said. “It was so profound.”
- Jim Carrey – Speaking on 60 Minutes in 2004, the flamboyant funnyman said, ” I was on Prozac for a long time. It may have helped me out of a jam for a little bit, but people stay on it forever. I had to get off at a certain point because I realized that, you know, everything’s just OK.”
- Alicia Keyes – “I was feeling so sad all the time, and I couldn’t shake it,” she said. “I started burying my feelings, and it got to a point where I couldn’t even tell my family or my friends, ‘I’m twisted,’ or ‘I’m exhausted,’ or ‘I’m so angry.’ … I became a master of putting up the wall so that I was unreadable.”
Bollywood Beauty, Deepika Padukone – But in a candid opinion piece for Indian newspaper Hindustan Times, Padukone writes: ”I thought it was stress, so I tried to distract myself by focusing on work, and surrounding myself with people, which helped for a while. But the nagging feeling didn’t go away….over a period of time, it got worse.” After intervention from loved ones, she went to see two psychiatrists, and was diagnosed with depression and anxiety.
Padukone addresses the taboo in South Asian society that surrounds mental health concerns, and calls for more “support and understanding.” She also writes about the urgency to address this issue by citing a World Health Organization statement that depression will be the most widespread epidemic in the next few years.
“It’s hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.” Sally Kempton
Sally Kempton, “Cutting Loose,” Liberation Now!, pp. 39-55. This essay was originally published in Esquire, July 1970,
[And used on Criminal Minds, Season 6, Episode 15, ‘Today I Do’, spoken by Rossi, and used in the show’s promos]
Jon Stewart on quitting Daily Show: “I Live In A Constant State Of Depression”
Decreased professional fulfillment, fatigue from covering elections with seemingly identical narratives, and plain old depression, it’s clear he’s plain exhausted.
Rev Molly – News watching requires spiritual mastery