Monday Blues: The Waves

the-waves“Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.”
Publilius Syrus

To ask for help when the waves are rough is to exemplify the understanding of strength in numbers. Armed services members who have survived the most unthinkable distress will tell you it’s ingrained throughout all of their training that when overwhelmed, you call for back up and utilize the power of the team. A response that when applied to mental health can be just as life-saving for those who feel they are emotionally drowning.

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If you or someone you know is in need of help,
or to learn more about depression, warning signs, and treatment options,
call or visit the National Suicide Lifeline:
1-800-273-8255
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Monday Blues: Temple Bells

Temple Bells“The temple bell stops
but I still hear the sound
coming out of the flowers.”
Basho

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If you or someone you know is in need of help,
or to learn more about depression, warning signs, and treatment options,
call or visit the National Suicide Lifeline:
1-800-273-8255
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

On The Couch

with Kyle

with Kyle

What was your last dream [or last dream that you can remember] about?
The last dream I remember was about visiting Washington state – skiing with a group of my friends and eating a massive amount of seafood with family.

What sound or noise do you love?
I love the sound of someone laughing hysterically.

What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?
I like to think that every experience I have is one that I learn from and helps make me a stronger, better person. But the last significant experience that comes to mind was counseling and being there for a friend who had a very sick relative.

What turns you on [creatively, spiritually or emotionally]?
Intelligence and comfort level. I love being able to have random, interesting conversations about a broad range of topics and having someone add interesting ideas or a different perspective from mine that adds insight. I also love being comfortable with someone to the point where we can sleep in and spend an afternoon together relaxing reading books, without worrying about entertaining each other – doing our own thing but in the other’s company and having it be more enjoyable because we are together.

What is something you have wanted to do for a long time?
I want to visit South America…Argentina and Chile are at the top of my list of places to visit. Trekking through Patagonia would be incredible. Diving in the Galapagos is right up there too.

What are you grateful for?
Friends and family. I have some truly incredible friends and amazing family and am constantly grateful for them.

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On The Couch

with Erica

with Erica

What was your last dream [or last dream that you can remember] about?
Well…I’m currently taking malerone, it’s an anti-malarial drug. It makes your dreams quite vivid and easy to remember, so I remember most of them lately. Anything I’ve thought about or discussed during the day will pop up in one way or another in my dreams!

What sound or noise do you love?
The sound of rain, thunder and lightning. Especially at night. It has a very relaxing, soothing lull to it that is very peaceful. It also means that water is plentiful, which is something we should not take for granted.

What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?
I recently climbed to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, physically and mentally. It definitely pushed me to my limits, and nearly to my breaking point a few times. But I kept reminding myself that every situation-no matter how good or bad-is temporary, and that the hard parts would eventually end. One step at a time, I made it to the top!

What turns you on [creatively, spiritually or emotionally]?
Traveling. Traveling pushes my limits to places I didn’t know existed and makes me feel alive. It pushes me out of my comfort zone and forces me to figure out what I am capable of. It’s when I feel most alive and most appreciative of the life I lead.

What is something you have wanted to do for a long time?
I’d really like to visit Antarctica. I’d like to do it in a way that is compliant with environmental tourism standards, so as not to further damage an already weakening area. Although I don’t love being cold, I do love seeing all of the beautiful landscapes that our earth has to offer, and this would be the 7th continent that I would see the sun rise over (although I’d go in their summer, so I’m not sure the sun even sets, let alone rises…;) )

What are you grateful for?
Everything. I just got back from a beautiful country riddled with corruption and a huge lack of infrastructure. It makes you appreciate how much we have and use and take for granted-water, toilets, showers, the FDA, health and hygiene standards, medicine, schools, paved roads, stop lights and crosswalks…All things that contribute to the safety and success of ourselves and the people we love, and while our government is far from perfect, we live in a place where the upkeep of these “basic” things is ensured and taken for granted. I’m grateful for all of it.

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On The Couch

with Lisa

with Lisa

What was your last dream [or last dream that you can remember] about?
I rarely remember my dreams. Probably the last dream I remember was not a good one. It involved me getting stuck in hallways I couldn’t get out of. 

What sound or noise do you love?
I love the sound of a gentle brook or water in a controlled situation like lapping water.

What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?
Making the decision to retire and move on.

What turns you on [creatively, spiritually or emotionally]?
Making music.

What is something you have wanted to do for a long time?
Study jazz violin.

What are you grateful for?
So many things! My family, my career, my health, my really good friends.

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On The Couch

with Chris

with Chris

What was your last dream [or last dream that you can remember] about?
One of my co-workers faked a burglary in order to convince the VPs she needed her own office.

What sound or noise do you love?
Something between the rush of wind through tree branches and the staccato of train cars passing.

What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?
I lost a hard drive with years of family photos. In the end, they’re just “stuff.” The important memories stay with you as long as they’re important to you.

What turns you on [creatively, spiritually or emotionally]?
Women wearing cardigans that are just slightly too small.

What is something you have wanted to do for a long time?
I want to walk the Hudson Valley at the height of autumn and just…inhale it all.

What are you grateful for?
I can walk, I can see, I can eat nearly anything. I am grateful for my relatively perfect health as long as it lasts.

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Monday Blues: A Beacon

A Beacon“When you seek love with all your heart,
you shall find its echoes in the universe.”
Rumi

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If you or someone you know is in need of help,
or to learn more about depression, warning signs, and treatment options,
call or visit the National Suicide Lifeline:
1-800-273-8255
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org