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Things that help with depression

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I’ve been depressed. I’ve written about it before, here and in my book. Off and on and with varying degrees of severity, it was part of my life for over fifteen years. I wondered why I was here at all, what was worth living for, if it would matter if I left. None of this was objectively thought out and I never attempted suicide, but it was the lens through which I was seeing myself and the world. My body felt heavy, my thoughts were dark, I couldn’t really express myself, and I couldn’t feel loved even though I was surrounded by good people. Everything was a...

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There’s nothing wrong with you.

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Mainstream institutions make money from your belief in the story of your flaws. They need you to think that something is broken so that you can pay them to fix it, whether that pertains to your health, house, or soul. But what if there’s nothing wrong with you? Part of you might right now be saying, “But, what about this?” or “Please girl, you haven’t met me so you don’t know how wrong you are.”  But let’s dig a little deeper for a moment. Think about who gains from your pain.  Consider the background messages in advertising—which maybe I’m exaggerating here, or maybe not — even for things...

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Q&A about Shamans

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A few commonly asked questions about being a shaman, choosing a shaman, and all those trainings in shamanism nowadays…

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Grief is a doorway to compassion

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When I was about 16, my small-town world was shaken by the sudden deaths of three people in six months. Without being entirely conscious of it, I began to see my sensitivity as a liability, and a stiff upper lip as a sign of strength. But grief is one of the ways that I— that we—  cultivate compassion (which means “to suffer with”). When I worry that an emotion will break me open, I remember that’s actually a good thing: a tender, broken-open heart is where the truest compassion lives.

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Words of wisdom in weird times.

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I’ve been checking in with spiritual teachers and healers of different stripes to see what hopeful insight I can glean in these weird times we’re living in. I’ve been sitting with all the same cultural anxieties and personal griefs that you may be feeling, too, and after feeling depressed and rather hopeless, I found just enough vroom to remember that sadness is not the whole truth.

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