And behind that the vast sky.
-- Pema Chodron
At other times, insight and healing emerge like a bolt of lightning!
Sometimes coming with a torrential downpour of tears, sometimes not, a Grand Gestalt comes together in a heartbeat. In a flash, in an instant, we really Get It! Or perhaps, more accurately -- It Gets Us!
We can't help but notice. It's different now than before.
I love comparing notes with others on such awakenings.
As she read that passage an awakening had come in a flash. In a burst of tears -- she knew. At that instant, she discovered a whole new way to view her experience. Rather than accept that she had a "broken brain" and needed medication to correct a chemical imbalance, she knew that she could trust her heart. In that moment, she saw clearly that her deep sadness about the human condition wasn't a sickness, it was an essential Connection to Bodhichitta, the soft and tender core of our Spiritual Heart.
Like many of us, this woman had felt the power of this deep connection to the Mysterious Reality of Life/Death as a child, but nobody in her life knew what it was. Her parents didn't understand. Neither did her teachers. In a society steeped in scientific materialism and a pharmaceutical industry run amuck, she was diagnosed and "treated."
With the assistance of a supportive counselor and a regular meditation practice, she successfully decreased, and then discontinued, her use of antidepressant medications. At the point she was sharing her story, had been successfully, sometimes quite joyfully, navigating her life for several years -- drug free.
Please understand: My point here is not that medications are always the wrong approach. (As a child of the sixties, how could I ever claim that drugs are always a bad thing?) Drugs simply are what they are.
Instead, what I am pointing to here, is that there is a great value in exploring what our society conditions us to avoid. When approached skillfully, the emotional energies of honest grief can be the gateway to a deeper Connection to our True Nature.
Sad Ain't Bad