Time for a Personal Growth Quote! 14 Jul 20Penelope
J. Foster continues: “We can view depression not as a mental illness, but at a deeper level as a profound (and very misunderstood) state of deep rest, entered into when we are completely exhausted by the weight of our own identity.”
I totally agree about depression not being a mental illness.
I was depressed for over 35 years of my life and never ever felt there was something wrong with my mind, just with my emotions, and I was right!
Trying to interpret further J. Foster’s statement of exhaustion caused by the weight of our own identity, I believe that he means that we become depressed when with identify with our own story, forgetting that our own real self has nothing to do with our story.
We become at one with the experiences that have traumatized us and we are unable to get untangled (because that’s the nature of trauma), and therefore we are unable to move on.
But depression can be healed by just working with the events that caused the depression, so you can start life over with a clear slate.