Creative Expression Helps Depression

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  • The Midweek Muse ~

     A little inspiration to get you over the hump



    I believe that there is great healing in creative expression.  Every other week I will invite you to join me in exploring a theme related to our healing journey.  I hope you all will feel comfortable to share your creative endeavors here with us. 


    The theme this week is:  RAIN


    It seems as though it has been raining here forever.  But it seems congruent with my mood lately.  I am at the right place as I feel sad.  I know this will pass just like the rain but...for now I just accept this mood. 


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    Some of you have been exploring writing poetry.  So how about it?  Wanna share some here?  How about a haiku?  They are short and not too terribly taxing of your talents.  Haikus are usually nature based but...really they can be about anything.  And they are usually three lines of 5-7-5 syllables.  But you can feel free to bend the rules to your liking. 


    Here is my attempt at a haiku about rain:


    The scent of sorrow

    is sweetened by rains sweeping  

    sadness into pools


    Your turn!


    Some quotes about rain:


    The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain.  ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  


    It is one of the secrets of Nature in its mood of mockery that fine weather lays heavier weight on the mind and hearts of the depressed and the inwardly tormented than does a really bad day with dark rain sniveling continuously and sympathetically from a dirty sky.  ~Muriel Spark, Territorial Rights, 1979


    Out of damp and gloomy days, out of solitude, out of loveless words directed at us, conclusions grow up in us like fungus: one morning they are there, we know not how, and they gaze upon us, morose and gray. Woe to the thinker who is not the gardener but only the soil of the plants that grow in him!   Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche  



    Songs about Rain: 

    There are a zillion of them but these come to mind for me today.



    Here comes the rain again  -   The Eurythmics

    Falling on my head like a memory
    Falling on my head like a new emotion
    I want to walk in the open wind
    I want to talk like lovers do
    I want to dive into your ocean
    Is it raining with you?     


     Fire and Rain   -  James Taylor


    I've seen fire and I've seen rain
    I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end
    I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
    But I always thought I'd see you again


    Rainy Days and Mondays  -  The Carpenters  


    What I've got they used to call the blues
    Nothin' is really wrong
    Feelin' like I don't belong
    Walkin' around
    Some kind of lonely clown
    Rainy Days and Mondays always get me down.


    Take this theme and run with it...write a stream of consciousness writing, write us a haiku, find a quote, share some song lyrics, or post an image.  It doesn't matter the venue...just get it all out somehow.  I know this sort of thing helps me.  I hope it helps you too.  Thank you to all who contribute to our discussions and creative exercises here on My Depression Connection.





Published On: June 16, 2009