I appreciate that I experienced mental illness and recovered. Not all counselors need to go through dark times to be good counselors, but that’s how some of us got there. Naturally, almost everyone goes through hard times and seeks self-improvement in various forms. I guess I differentiate what I went through from customary and usual spiritual growth because it was ongoing and oppressive. I could not control my food addiction and it wasn’t a matter of lack of “self-control” or “will power” as so many people inappropriately judged it back then. While the depression oppressed, I never wanted to kill myself, although many times when I woke up in the morning, I’d close my eyes and wish I didn’t have to ever wake up again.
If people could only glimpse the feeling of freedom that results from doing the work, they would be willing to spend the time and money it takes. But it can be hard to imagine what light looks like if all you’ve known is darkness. Read More→