My quiet place where I spend many hours a day…using my coping tools, and finding new ways to thank God for this gift of mental illness.
It is in the difficulties of having this disorder and I have Schizoaffective disorder, which is basically Schizophrenia plus depression, and I also suffer from OCD and lately the ruminations are out of control. I feel deeply many pains but despite this I am doing well right now despite my situation.
My situation with my parents is bleak. Ah how much love for our family can bring us down…
Think about it; all our worries as children, mothers and fathers of dear children, and all family whether blood or adopted in by one way or another. And we are all family in God. For He wants all of us to be in His kingdom one day when our earthly life is over. Love, so precious and sweet, it fills us with goodness and reminds us of good times, past, present and future moments.
But I will not let the declining health of my parents keep me down. No I will take my many comforts~
My music latest favorite being Make me a Channel of Your Peace, the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
My uplifting reading from Buddhism to great saints
Talking with positive people and sometimes even asking them to pray for me and my situation and I get to hear some of their hearts.
My healthy food
My long and short walks
Watering my vegetable garden which I am going to do in a minute
Thinking about the people I love and all their good qualities
Thinking about God and His infinite goodness
Isn’t this enough?
I take my medicine faithfully like a vow because I know it helps me very much
I see my psychiatrist soon but I am doing ok despite the anguish I sometimes feel
Getting caregiver support from local agencies, classes and gifts
I can do this with the help of God
Things do not satisfy
Thank you for reading this
Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate it and to those of you who don’t Happy Thursday (I am stealing this from another blog I read today because I think it is cool!)
As of right now I have stopped searching for work, some financial help has arrived, so I am going to be dedicating 2 hours a day to finish my latest book. The title appropro is “Finding fulfillment not working”. I have already written several chapters so I am going to reread them and then go for it! I will let you all know my progress as it comes. I am excited to finish this book for many reasons.
Today I woke up in a really good mood and realized that I am the author of my life. God has my back but it is up to me to make the necessary changes to those parts of my life which are either out of balance or that I am unhappy with. No one is going to do this for me, no, I will repeat that- no one is going to do it for me. I have to make the change I wish to see in the world as Gandhi wrote so eloquently when he was alive!
My circle of life has come round full circle today, yes it is my birthday but I don’t wish for happy birthdays or congratulations. Instead I am taking quiet moments by myself to think and ponder on the greatness of life and what my mental illness means to me.
It means so much…When I was psychotic I was on a different plane of existence. It was beautiful, awesome and scary all at the same time. Now that I am on medication the symptoms are managed but I have awakened spiritually since that first encounter in 2008, 8 years ago. I am much more in tuned with God and feel at peace being on medication.
I was supposed to work today but God had other plans. I felt sick and got out of work, came home and took a 3 hour nap and now am just relaxing before I go out to dinner with my loving family. I watched a Ted talk on spirituality vs psychosis and found it to be very interesting. I would be revered in certain cultures and encouraged to be psychotic or spiritually attuned. The stigma of mental illness would not follow me, instead I would be mentored by someone else who had undergone the same sorts of experiences.
Wow! That is an amazing thought to have on my birthday!
Yet, I know that I will never go off my medication as there are no cultures here that support this type of life.
But in the same breath I can say that my spiritual life is very good right now. I pray upon awakening and throughout the day and before retiring at night. I believe in God the Father Almighty who made heaven and earth!
May the God of our understanding comfort you all in all your trials and experiences whether medicated or not. We each have our own path and walk it the best we can. For me it is what it is and I don’t regret it.