Healing from Depression!
Responsibility: Gayathri shares how she “thought taking my meds and keeping appointments would cure me.” Not – It takes a lot. Depression is a disease. Our family needs to understand that. Doctors need to also. For a long time Gayathri reports she blamed all people even God. Then while locked up she was set free!
Gayathri asked herself “Who am I? Am I going to continue to blame everyone or take responsibility?” Yes – she goes on I “will take responsibility for my wellness.”
Viktor Frankl A Man’s Search for Meaning helped tremendously!
Empowerment: “To men I was fair prey.” Short skirts and Mantras – The short hair and skirts was a measure of my morals. Receiving a failed grade in response to her disinterest opened the door to depression. “Yes I have a disease and I wished the world would embrace me but I was part of the problem in the dark. Now I stand in the light. We the people can have resilience. If I want to be accepted I must be the one to create it.”
“We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” Mohatma Gandhi
Courage: The first day of school; letting go of mommy’s hand; woman that wakes and miscarriages; father that lost his job but gets up and tries to get a job despite the fear. Gayathri shares proudly of a Bollywood Musical she created to raise funds for ASHA. The night before Gayathri gets a call from a close friend asking her not to share her story for “who is going to marry your children.” Gayathri recalls thinking “The whole point is to break the silence.” Fortunately, Gayathri’s father instructs her to “go out there tomorrow with your head held high” and tell her truth for the truth will ultimately set us free!
“It isn’t for the moment you are stuck that you need courage, but for the long uphill climb back into sanity and faith and security.” Anne Morrow Lingbergh
Optimisim: A man with no limbs sees a life without limits! Nick Vujicic
Depression, Gayathri shares, is a teacher that stopped by to visit!
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity and optimist see the opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill
Vision: Vision board. In an isolation cell Gayathri “saw ashes of what I thought was my life. My story was created- prewritten for me. Wanting my children to live my vision for my life”, Gayathri shares how it was unnerving to share her truth with her parents in the audience. Gayathri shares how she had to ask herself “What is it that you want?” Then create her own vision board.
The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but no vision.” Helen Keller
Empathy: Gayathri shares how having empathy was very hard for her. On one occasion she tries to bury herself in the backyard and when she decides to get admitted her husband’s response was “What are we going to tell our friends.” Although Gayathri shares how she recalls at the time she despised him and her culture. But there was a man in her audience who shared that he was like her husband – filled with fear unable to protect his wife and feeling pretty powerless. This man helped her to have empathy for her loved ones and how they too are affected by mental illness.
“The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.” Merryl Streep
Resilience: “It’s not just a work it’s an action.”
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.” Confucius
You: Gayathri completes her RECOVERY with “it is you the person that is struggling. You need to take that first step and every step thereafter. It is in the darkness that you see the light. It is in the madness that you find meaning. It is in the midst of crippling or fear of when it might happen again.”
“It’s not what happens to you. It’s what you do about it.” W. Mitchell
Gayathri – was so caring as she shared her story! She signed my book SHADOWS IN THE SUN *** HEALING FROM DEPRESSION AND FINDING THE LIGHT WITHIN! “Dear Guadalupe, Embrace the Light Within! Namaste, Gayathri
Wow Gayathri I just finished reading your memoir and I highly recommend it to everyone who is affected by mental illness and their loved ones!!!
Blessings Everyone! My Grace-Filled Life After Recovery is so Blessed!!!