This is intended to be educational re: depression & anxiety. It mentions concepts that can be difficult to read about suicide, trauma, and depression. If you're not in a place to read it now, come back later :)
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It is attributed to Lao Tzu (Laozi) the (likely) mythical author of the Tao Te Ching, foundation of Taoist philosophy and religion.
It's been attributed to many (inc. Warren Buffet). Many believe it's from a Brazilian motivational speaker./3
Often, "eastern wisdom" is brought to the west as "magical" and "mystical truths," a common stereotype that is NOT HELPFUL. Even modern applications of mindfulness fall prey to this.
* the dude is maybe not real
* quote doesn't exist
* its contrary to Taoist principles
* whoever first faked it is trying to evoke a pseudo-profound "Eastern Mystical" stereotype
NOT A GOOD START!
THE CONTENT IS TOTALLY WRONG. There is no profound statement WHATSOEVER in this wrongly-attributed, fake, stereotypical quote.
"If you are #depressed, you are living in the past."
This is a stigmatizing, simplifying, hurtful stereotype of a view of depression that leads to all sorts of hurtful "advice", assumptions about weakness, and other problems.
DEPRESSION IS COMPLEX.
* guilt about events and actions of the past
* regret about past relationships
* grieving a previous loss
* self-hatred regarding a past trauma
* negative misinterpretations of past events
* worthlessness and guilt about self
* burden placed on friends/family
* active/current suicidal thinking
* malaise; fatigue; appetite change; lethargy
* negative misinterpretations about present moments
* hopelessness about the future
* shortening of future
* overprediction/unacceptability of failure
* contingency / expected suicidal planning and thinking
* negative misinterpretations about future events
NOTHING is true about "#Depression is living in the past."
It is a common myth; a stigmatizing thought that leads to unhelpful suggestions, and a gross oversimplification.
This is called "retrospective" or "review/edit" anxiety:
"What did they think of me?"
"What if it's the last time I saw them?"
"What did I say?"
"What if I said <x> instead?"
"Did I make a mistake?"
"Do they like me?" etc.
It's called "experiential" anxiety.
"what are they thinking right now?"
"is this person mad at me?"
- hypervigilence in PTSD/trauma
- obsessions in OCD
- panic attacks and symptoms
- helpful anxiety: car horn
These are called "prospective" or "anticipatory" anxieties.
- foreshortened future in PTSD
"What if I fail?"
"There's no way I'll get it."
"I'll get sick."
Anxiety can distort many things about how one perceives the past, future, and present.
"If you are at peace, you are living in the present."
This entitled, selfish, privileged, narrow bullshit statement is completely unrelated to reality.
I value mindful practice. I value quiet moments. But I am damned lucky to have them.
I'll give you a subtle hint:
VICTIMS AND SUFFERERS OF WAR, TRAUMA, ABUSE, HOMOPHOBIA, TRANSPHOBIA, VIOLENCE, POVERTY, RACISM, SEXISM....
If not you: Be peaceful PRESENTLY when a bear runs into the room.
When in an argument with a loved one, your history with them helps you still love them.
I wanted to be a doctor, so I sometimes sacrificed present for future.