"The opposite of depression is not happiness but vitality"
- Andrew Solomon from The Noonday Demon
Here are the rawest of the raw materials that we have: space and time.
When you are struggling with a mood disorder and particularly depressive symptoms, space and time are distorted. It can simultaneously feel like there is not enough time and that there is absolutely too much time where you don’t know what to do with yourself.
These may be some of the qualities of distorted time and space.
There is a lineage of wisdom for the every day. For nuns and monks in times gone by, they carried a Book of Hours that reminded them to pray throughout the day, to take time from their more mundane tasks and go within. This continuous referring to the spiritual was a way of reinforcing wisdom and clarity, hour by hour and day by day.
Unifying principles can take time to ripen, to become clear. And that is just fine. As you do the practice of Unifying Principles you are likely to find that they become more poetic and on the dot. Once you get the hang of it, the exploration can be pleasurable and relieving.
There are Unifying Principles that I share in my work that are often helpful for those working with mood disorder recovery. I’d like to share a few of my favorites with you. Please feel free to try them on and make them your own.