I now see the soul as that wild creature way back there in the woods that knows how to survive in very hard places.
Parker Palmer

The Soul in Depression

The Soul in Depression

Jun 19, 2018-- We're fluent in the languages of psychology and medication, but the word "depression" does not do justice to this human experience. Depression is also spiritual territory. It is a shadow side of human vitality and as such teaches us about vitality. And what if depression is possible for the same reason that love is possible? Dive into this interview from On Being and hear rare, brave, and helpful perspectives on depression and life. Anita Barrows is a poet, psychologist, and Buddhist practitioner. Parker Palmer is a Quaker author and educator. Andrew Solomon is my first guest: He's a journalist and author of epic books. His Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression received the National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize nomination. (10089 reads)


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