There is reason to believe that many people are feeling depressed about the state of the nation and the state of the world. If you relate to this, you might find the short statement below to be a useful reminder of some rather simple coping mechanisms.
Below is an excerpt from what a Rwandan told Western writer, Andrew Solomon about his experience with Western mental health and depression. Thanks to Alessandra, a good friend and avid Art and Zen Today reader for calling my attention to this statement, as published on a Blog called “Under The Blue Door”. ( https://underthebluedoor.org/) By the way, you can learn more about Alessandra by typing her name into the search box at the upper right- just doing that may help with your depression.
The Rwandan Prescription for Depression: Sun, Drum, Dance, Community.
~A Rwandan talking to a western writer, Andrew Solomon, about his experience with western mental health and depression.
“We had a lot of trouble with western mental health workers who came here immediately after the genocide and we had to ask some of them to leave. They came and their practice did not involve being outside in the sun where you begin to feel better, there was no music or drumming to get your blood flowing again, there was no sense that everyone had taken the day off so that the entire community could come together to try to lift you up and bring you back to joy, there was no acknowledgement of the depression as something invasive and external that could actually be cast out again. Instead they would take people one at a time into these dingy little rooms and have them sit around for an hour or so and talk about bad things that had happened to them. We had to ask them to leave.”