What if there was a process of inquiry that you could learn that would help you understand how to adapt to your unique human development? To live in the flow of the moods and ideas that make you - you?
Healing is an inner journey. We need to know others have traveled the path and won.
What if you don’t want to fix anything? What if you just want to live with your gift and find the space where the genius is found without blowing out the light of creativity?
I recently had someone tell me that I have learned to live in the flow that sweet spot that allows my unusual brain chemistry to light up and connect ideas with language that will evoke moods and move people to action.
But I didn't always live in this flow.
For years I fought against the flow of this maddening current just hoping to manage my symptoms enough to have a normal life. I am one of the lucky ones. I found slivers of flow, so I knew it existed. I was able to find connections with the sensory part of being human and those subtle signals over time helped me to be and stay well.
What is mental health?
Dr. Andrew Weil’s book Spontaneous Happiness is the first time I understood that mental health is the ability to find your equilibrium. He writes about the importance of mental nutrition. Being aware of the types of mental nutrition you take in can make a tremendous difference in your awareness of your mental wellness. Awareness of mental health is a moving target. The more out of balance we become, the harder it becomes to recognize it.
Let's Talk About Mental Illness
I have shared my Bi Polar II diagnosis in personal and business relationships, but more importantly I found a way to live and work in the flow of my brain chemistry. As I learned of the loss of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, I am at a loss for words. The mental health care system is not a preventative system or a recovery system. I have found my own way, despite the lack of a good road map to follow.
I do not know Kate Spade or Anthony Bourdain, but I do know that mental health is possible. I found mine. I will continue to be mindful of my mental nutrition and lifestyle so that I can continue to live and work in the flow of this beautiful brain chemistry. My unconventional life is the balance I require.
I am writing this to do my part to talk about mental health. For those of us that have found our way, we need to talk about it. Often, the only stories that are shared are the ones of those who struggle and ultimately those we have lost. We need to honor them by sharing stories of healing, so that someday we can stop this terrible tragedy from taking another beautiful, creative soul.
I send wishes of peace to those we have lost and those they left behind.