249. An Antidote for Drifting Away

“We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.” (Hebrews 2:1)

This verse is crucially important  in our spiritual walk but is important also in our natural walk. For example, a psychotherapist finally convinces us to change our thinking about a traumatic past event…and we do so for six months and are almost free of depression – but then we drift away and relive that event over and over again…and we fall back into depression.

Here’s an antidote to drifting away. Record what you and your therapist discovered in a journal, as completely as your memory allows, the same day if possible. Then look at that entry every few days, writing additional thoughts about the session and how you can profit from it. Make commitments to change your thinking. Do research to add depth to the discovery. You won’t drift back into a life of lies if you keep reminding yourself of the truth. It’s not one realization and it’s over. You need to keep working at it, kind of like putting together a puzzle until the whole picture is there.

About Patrick Day

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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