Two Hundred Twenty Three: Polarities

“That all opposites—such as mass and energy, subject and object, life and death—are so much each other that they are perfectly inseparable, still strikes most of us as hard to believe. But this is only because we accept as real the boundary line between the opposites. It is, recall, the boundaries themselves which create the seeming existence of separate opposites. To put it plainly, to say that “ultimate reality is a unity of opposites” is actually to say that in ultimate reality there are no boundaries. Anywhere.”  – Ken Wilber

“Within each of us there is a silence, a silence as vast as the universe. And when we experience that silence, we remember who we are.”  – Gunilla Norris

Tuesday, August 12th

Today was a day to ponder the polarities of life. With the sudden passing of beloved comedian Robin Williams everyone has been talking about depression. I think we’re all flummoxed that, as one friend put it, “It can kill even the funniest man.”

I want to honour the polarities of life between happiness and sadness. As humans, we are rivers of emotion winding paths that are rarely one straight direction. I’m thankful that from day-to-day, week-to-week, and year-to-year I have had supportive people who have been with me when my river turns abruptly one way or another. And yet, it takes more than support for people with a mental illness to thrive day-today. I don’t know exactly what that is, but I’m searching for answers.

I’ve had this growing feeling that we all need to take a long and serious look at our collective mental health. It is an incredibly isolating world that doesn’t always lend itself to processing our thoughts soundly and thoroughly, healing, and move on. I don’t want to devalue or minimize the intense struggles that people who are clinically diagnosed with mental illnesses face; I just think that if we acknowledged the spikes and fluctuations in our own mental health then we might be more willing to support programs that assist those in need of professional support. If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call 9-1-1 or the Crisis Clinic at: 

  • Toll-Free: 866-4CRISIS (866-427-4747)
  • Local: 206-461-3222
  • TTY: 206-461-3210

How do you regard your own mental health?


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