Depression and panic are two contrasting emotions. While depression can be likened to a slow-moving haze, panic is a fast, turbulent storm. Both can feel overwhelming, leaving one lost and confused. Imagine being in the midst of such a storm and struggling to find an anchor to hold on to.
“Actually, I don’t feel okay. Depression is slow, but panic, I don’t know what to do with it. Just breathe. Just breathe,” these words resonate with many who’ve found themselves in the depths of despair.
When faced with such overpowering emotions, our natural inclination might be to search for reasons. Why is this happening? What triggered it? However, as Bentinho suggests, sometimes these emotions appear without an apparent reason. It’s like waves of raw emotion washing over you, and the fear that takes over could be likened to feeling like you’re losing your mind.
Yet, there’s a powerful revelation within this chaos: “The observer of panic is calm.” This might seem counterintuitive, but when we step back and observe our feelings, we realize that our core, our essence, remains untouched by the turbulence of our emotions. It’s like being in the eye of the storm, where everything is calm and peaceful, even if chaos ensues all around.
Bentinho’s words provide a sense of clarity: “I’m clear that I’m confused.” This might sound paradoxical, but recognizing our confusion is the first step towards finding clarity. This realization gives us the power to choose our response. Even if our first reaction to a situation is panic or despair, we can choose how we respond to that initial emotion. Do we let it consume us, or do we seek clarity?
The Bible, in Psalm 46:10, says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” In the midst of our most challenging emotions, stillness allows us to reconnect with our innermost self and find that calm center, reminding us of our inherent strength and resilience.
In essence, whenever you find yourself spiraling into negative emotions, remember this: You have the power to choose your response. As Bentinho puts it, “Always know that you’re never stuck.” Seek clarity, stay connected to your true self, and let love be your guide.
“In the chaos of emotions, find the calm center within.”