Depression: Through the Pain

You CAN make it through the pain.

Joy in the Process

on July 16, 2013

Good morning! 

I’ve been cleaning out my bedroom closet and happened upon some of my first gratitude journals.  It’s interesting to read back over them.  The first entries were very brief and strained as I was in the most difficult phase of depression, but after several months I couldn’t hold myself back from writing many, many entries.  Usually there were 10 or more.  You will undergo an amazing transformation when you constantly are looking for the blessings in life.  I haven’t kept a gratitude journal on a daily basis lately –mainly only when life is crushing in around me – but I think I want to get back into the habit.  Plus, it’s fun to read over your entries years later and be reminded of all the ways your life has been blessed.  Don’t hold back; write as many blessings as you can each day.

I’ve got another art project for you: working with clay.  Get some clay at your local craft or hobby shop.  The type that doesn’t requiring firing in the kiln.  Then put on some soothing music—no words—and hold the clay in your hands for a few minutes.  Still your mind, and start manipulating the clay until something emerges.  You may be surprised by what you see.  I know I was.  It can be very revealing.  Try to do this within the next week.  I’ll check back with you and share what became of my clay.  I know you’ll enjoy this exercise.

Although it’s tough at the start, you will begin to see progress in healing, and it eventually becomes an enjoyable process.  KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

I’ll be back later this week.

Blessings, Elizabeth

*** If you are new to this blog, it is best to start by reading “About” and the first entry that was posted on May 13, 2013.  Then read each consecutive entry, one per day.  Welcome!

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