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A Hell of Mercy: A Meditation on Depression and the Dark by Tim Farrington

By Tim Farrington

N this unflinching examine melancholy and the human fight to discover wish in its midst, acclaimed writer Tim Farrington writes with heartrending honesty of his lifelong fight with the situation he calls "a hell of mercy." With either wry humor and poignancy, he unravels the profound connection among melancholy and the non secular direction, the notorious darkish evening of the soul made preferred via mystic John of the pass. whereas melancholy could be a heartbreaking time of isolation and lethargy, it could additionally offer robust non secular insights and therapeutic occasions of quit. while medical professionals prescribe drugs, sufferers are frequently left feeling as though a part of their very selves has been numbed so one can turn into what a few may possibly name "normal." Farrington wrestles with profound questions, resembling: whilst is melancholy part of your id, and whilst does it carry you again from understanding your potential?

In the culture of Darkness Visible and An Unquiet Mind, A Hell of Mercy is either a far wanted spouse for these strolling this hard terrain in addition to a consultant for somebody who has watched a friend grapple with this internal emotional darkness.

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Get started and then make little improvements as you go. ’ CORRIE TEN BOOM Save your energy Although it can feel like the only option, worrying and tying yourself in knots doesn’t actually change anything. It can’t prevent something from happening and it can’t fix something that has. All it actually does is reduce the amount of energy you have to deal with whatever it is that is causing your concern. When you find yourself worrying, stop and put your energy to better use by either addressing the issue or moving on from it.

If the problem can be solved, why worry? ’ ŚĀNTIDEVA Don’t worry Worrying about something will never change anything. If you are feeling stressed or concerned, there are really only two options available to you. If there is something you can do, take action. If there is nothing you can do, accept it. Whatever you do, don’t worry. ’ DAVID SEDARIS Give them your best Give the people you love the best of you, not the worst. So often people treat their loved ones with less kindness or consideration than they do people who are barely more than acquaintances.

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