Posts Tagged ‘depression’

Yin and Yang . . . and a Life-Altering Vision

December 15, 2013

Yin (noun): In Chinese philosophy, the passive female principle of the universe, characterized as female and sustaining and associated with earth, dark, and cold.

Yang (noun): Lori Anne, author of this post.

Lori Anne Yang

Lori Anne Yang

Literally overnight, my friend, Lori Anne Yang, experienced a profound awakening that delivered her from the darkness of depression into the light of joyous gratitude and limitless love. It’s a wonderful reminder that changing your perspective can instantaneously change everything for the better. Thank you, Lori, for sharing your beautiful story.


woman-bridge-moon-depressed-paintingAround the time I was 35 years old, after a devastating period in my life of prolonged sorrow, I had a profound experience of rebirth. I know it is cliché to say it is always darkest before the dawn, but for me it truly was.

It was a very black night, in the midst of a painful divorce and a life in complete upheaval and pain. I believed all choices in front of me led to even more pain for myself and everyone around me. I was at a point where choosing not to live felt like a very real solution to my problems. The thought of having no future became more comforting to me than any future I could foresee. I cried myself to sleep next to all the untouched pharmaceutical bottles I had gathered on the nightstand next to me.

I will never know if I would have gone through with ending my life that night, or if it was just a step I was taking in testing this option . . . moving closer to it to see if it still felt like the answer. I will never know because I (more…)

Rainer Maria Rilke on Finding Meaning in Sadness

October 14, 2009

Rainer Maria Rilke

As I was reading these excerpts in Letters to a Young Poet by  Rainier Maria Rilke, my instincts kept poking me in the ribs, insisting that Rilke’s ruminations on sadness (which, I believe, can be extended to clinical depression) are far too insightful and important not to be given new life in the world.

I hope you find the following excerpts meaningful. They are taken from a 1984 version of Letters to a Young Poet that was translated by Stephen Mitchell.

But please, ask yourself whether these large sadnesses haven’t rather gone right through you. Perhaps many things inside you have been transformed; perhaps somewhere, someplace deep inside your being, you have undergone important changes while you were sad.

If only it were possible for us to see farther than our knowledge reaches, and even a little beyond (more…)

Dr. Norm Shealy on “The Secret Code”

February 6, 2009

Dr. Norm Shealy

I wanted to share this insightful forty-minute interview of Dr. Norm Shealy by Susan Shehata and Colleen Buckman on their radio show Raising the Consciousness, which can be heard every Sunday from 1 to 2 PM CST on AM950 KTNF. Click here for the show’s archived interviews.

Click on the audio player above Norm’s photo to hear the interview.

Dr. Shealy maintains that all illness is caused by a combination of physical, emotional, chemical and electromagnetic stressors. I agree. Health is a continuum, and the more toxicity we add to our system, the more we compromise our immune system and thus our overall health.

Granted, some of us are predisposed to certain genetic diseases. The question then becomes what role these stressors play in the manifestation of such genetic conditions. For example, if you lived an idyllic existence on a tropical island, ate only fresh, whole foods and were largely untouched by emotional, chemical and electromagnetic stressors, Dr. Shealy contends that the manifestation of a genetic predisposition would likely be delayed, perhaps indefinitely. Of course, it is virtually impossible to completely protect ourselves from these stressors while living in modern society. It’s also important to note that some genetic predispositions may be more apt to be influenced by lifestyle factors than others.

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Dr. Shealy’s new ninety-minute DVD, The Secret Code, demonstrates the success of a comprehensive, holistic approach to illness.


The following synopsis is adapted from the DVD’s website: (more…)

Dr. Dean Ornish on His Recovery from Depression

December 26, 2008

Sometimes it seems like half the people I know are on antidepressants. It’s an epidemic with no end in sight. I’ve learned a lot about clinical depression over the years but I gained an even deeper insight into the subject when I interviewed Dr. Dean Ornish for my book, Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything.

Ornish is the author of five best-selling books, including his tour de force, Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease,  which I can’t recommend highly enough. (Don’t let the title fool you; it should be required reading for anyone who wants to enjoy a healthy, happy life.)

Ornish is a giant in his field. He was recognized as “one of the most interesting people of 1996” by People magazine, featured in the Time 100 issue on alternative medicine, and chosen by LIFE magazine as “one of the 50 most influential members of his generation.” 

Here is the start of his story in my book. It’s the fourth, bolded paragraph that I found especially insightful.

After finishing high school in Dallas, I began studying at Rice University, a small, extremely competitive university in Houston. Over half the students there had graduated either first or second from their high school, and most of them acted as though academic success would define their net worth. It did for me. It’s no surprise that Rice also had the highest suicide rate per capita of any school in the country.

From the beginning, I worried that I wouldn’t do well enough to be accepted to medical school. I got into a vicious cycle—the more I worried, the harder it became to study; the harder it was to study, the more I worried. My mind was racing so fast that I couldn’t sleep. I would lie down and watch the hands of the clock go around and around until morning. At one point, this went on for about ten days in a row. (more…)

What Happened to the Child?

November 23, 2008

Many a bewildered parent has wondered how their bright, cheerful grade-school daughter could turn into a sullen, depressed teenager virtually overnight. Clearly, twelve-year-old girls face a tremendous amount of pressure from society, their peers, and themselves. Many girls feel that they cannot perform well academically and still be attractive to boys. And then there is the wholly unattainable Barbie doll model of feminine attractiveness that shreds girls’ self-esteem and spawns potentially fatal eating disorders. (more…)