Darkness Before Dawn: Redefining the Journey Through Depression

Darkness Before Dawn: Redefining the Journey Through Depression


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Darkness Before Dawn: Redefining the Journey Through Depression by Various Authors

There’s no shortage of psychology self-help books on depression—but this collection, envisioned and edited by Sounds True founder Tami Simon, is not one of them.

You won’t be revisiting familiar therapies or antidepressant options. What you will find is a gathering of 16 exceptional and compassionate teachers who have faced profound depression themselves. Their purpose? To radically shift the way that we perceive the experience. To offer insights and practices that reach beyond conventional models. And to help us receive depression’s uninvited yet singular gifts.

The guidance presented here supports traditional psychotherapy and medication as valuable tools. But for those who’ve found these approaches incomplete—or seek to help others at an impasse—there’s much to discover within these pages, including:

Thomas Moore, PhD, on Saturn’s gifts; Sally Kempton on shifting from suffering and into witnessing awareness; poet Mark Nepo on embracing both emptiness and aliveness; Mary Pipher, PhD, on how despair can open us to long-hidden joy; Christina Baldwin on “ineffable sorrow”; Parker J. Palmer, PhD, on finding meaning and connection through the experience of depression; plus exceptional contributions by Ann Marie Chiasson, MD; James Gordon, MD; Sandra Ingerman; Karla McLaren; Robert Augustus Masters, PhD; Amy Weintraub; Jeff Foster; Elizabeth Rabia Roberts, EdD; Michael Bernard Beckwith; and Reginald A. Ray, PhD.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622034109
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/01/2015
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 572,619
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Various Authors

Sounds True strives to preserve the essential "living wisdom" of each author, artist, or spiritual teacher we publish.

Tami Simon

TAMI SIMON founded Sounds True in 1985 as a multimedia publishing house with a mission to disseminate spiritual wisdom. She hosts a popular weekly podcast called Insights at the Edge, where she has interviewed many of today’s leading teachers. Tami lives with her partner, Julie Kramer, and their Spoodle, Raspberry, in Boulder, Colorado.

Table of Contents

Introduction Tami Simon vii

1 Depression, Meditation, and the Spiritual Journey Reginald A. Ray, PhD 1

2 A Heroic Passage James S. Gordon, MD 11

3 Ingenious Stagnation Karla McLaren, MEd 25

4 Despair Cracks Open Our Hearts Mary Pipher, PhD 35

5 A Pain That's a Solution to a Deeper Pain Robert Augustus Masters, PhD 45

6 Lifting the Armor with Breathwork Amy Weintraub 57

7 This Gracious, Existential Companion Michael Bernard Beckwith 69

8 Depression's Truth Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche IX 77

9 "Welcome to the Human Race" Parker J. Palmer, PhD 85

10 Practices to Reconnect, Retrieve, Revivify Ann Marie Chiasson, MD 99

11 The Sadness in Bliss Susan Piver 113

12 Into the Dark Light Elizabeth Rabia Roberts, EdD 121

13 "You're Worth It" Jennifer L. Holder 133

14 A Spiritual Response to Our Times Christina Baldwin 141

15 Depression as Initiation Sandra Ingerman 151

16 Wholehearted Expression Mark Nepo 163

17 Letting Depression Come Sally Kempton 179

18 The Maturing of the Soul Thomas Moore, PhD 189

19 Depression as a Wake-Up Call Jeff Foster 199

Resources for Suicidal Depression and Ways to Help Yourself and Others 211

Index 217

About the Contributors 227

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an incredible gift this book is. The insights provided by these wonderful teachers has completely shifted my relationship with the cloud of depression. I see it now as a gift that has allowed me to spiritually and emotionally grow up as never before. Thank you Tami and all the great new friends in the book.