Modern Druid and Pagan thought encourages an engagement with all aspects of life. As we honour the cycles of the Wheel of the Year – of sun, moon and season – we learn that we must embrace both the joyful times of growth and expansion and the more challenging experiences of contraction and dissolution. In seeking to encounter both the light and the dark with an open heart – acknowledging the value of both – we can meet each phase of our life with a greater involvement and understanding. However, it remains undoubtedly true that happiness is a lot easier to welcome than crisis, and little has been written about how, as Druids and Pagans, we deal with the darker times.
Cat Treadwell’s latest book Facing the Darkness (published by Moon Books), does just this. Drawing on her own experience of depression, she guides the reader through this painful condition, exploring with touching honesty the experience and offering simple coping techniques without preaching, judgement or expectation. Facing the Darkness reads like the honest and loving guidance of a good friend who has been there and knows.
Although Cat offers techniques and processes, she understands fully that there are moments in depression when nothing works to shift the debilitating numbness that can overtake a sufferer. Acknowledging this can be healing in itself because so often we harshly judge ourselves when we are low and unable to affect a change in our outlook. Cat’s book asks that we be tenderly patience and compassionately honest with ourselves, and in doing so, come to see moments of despair as valuable a life-lesson as any other.
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