With Robin Williams death, there is a renewed attention to how insidious mental illness is, and that it spares no one, particularly celebrities. Depression in particular is the one mental illness that has been with us forever and is on the rise. When you understand depression you know how triggered it is by stress and anxiety. With all the advances we are making in science through medication, therapy, ECT and other traditional approaches – the question if it’s curable can’t be easily answered. Perhaps, it’s a way to learn how to better take care of ourself, and I’m not talking “mani padi, cloths and haircuts kind of care. I’m talking taking care of your soul -self. Of your energy-self. Of your breath-self. I love telling whoever wants to listen about my life long struggle with depression, because it landed me several times at a place where I was ready to cross over to the other side, and even tried. I feel that the most important thing I have learned from my depression is to have compassion for it, and that contempt, particularly self-contempt, is the main symptom & cause of depression, and also an opportunity to transform it on a daily basis. Really taking care of yourself on a daily basis. Teaching your children by demonstration. Do everything that you’re doing, and make sure that you take care of your emotions, particularly loss & grief. You don’t have to do it alone. You can partner your care with the breath. You can heal your depression, on a daily basis, moment by moment, breath by breath. Make it your life way. Open your heart to the breath of now….
Samuel Jakob Kirschner