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Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

My Sweet Ball of Darkness

"Things do not change, we change."
- Henry David Thoreau

I was chatting with a student recently about depression and how crippling it can be. The conversation turned to the benefits of Vedic Meditation. Through meditation we de-excite the mind, we experience deep rest. When we are well rested, our energy levels are fuller and we have the clarity to be more aware and make better decisions.

The conversation carried on and the phrase ‘…my sweet ball of darkness…’ was used.

Questioning this I was told, ‘when suffering from depression, opening your eyes can be too much, getting out of bed can fearful, the thought of functioning like a ‘normal’ person seems unattainable. I know my sweet ball of darkness, it is mine, I know it and there was safety in it. Change was a fantasy, not something I would do.’

I asked why they phrased it in such a way , ‘….there WAS safety in it…’

The reply, ‘Since I learnt to meditate, I am beginning to understand change and the thought of change isn’t so bad, the safety I perceived in my darkness was nothing more than fear talking, saying I am not capable or worthy of being happy. That ball of darkness does not feel as sweet anymore.’

Meditation is a simple daily practice for everyone. If this resonates with you, get in touch for a free intro talk. Would be great to hear from you.

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