See, I don't always know the source and intention by which the words of others were created, but I do know the feeling of resonance in my soul. A big part of moving forward while dealing with depression (and anxiety) was accepting it for what it was, rather than fighting so hard to push it away. I started to find reasons to give the darkness gratitude (definitely not an easy thing to do). But I often thought about the fact that seeds are/must be buried in dirt and darkness, before they blossom abundantly yielding fruits or flowers. Aside from spiritual references, the main reason I was deeply attracted to the lotus flower was the conditions in which it grew. Before the onset of the first bout of depression almost 10 years ago, I primarily operated my life in "light and love". But as a being who seeks depth, meaning & wisdom, this experience has been/is the offering of all those things. Because indeed, the "alleluia" moments of growth are not only experienced in the light.
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