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With Fullness in Life, Everything is Possible

--by Facundo Cabral (Jul 18, 2016)

You are not depressed; you are distracted. You believe that you have lost something, which is impossible, because everything that you have was given to you. You did not make a single hair of your head so you can not own anything. In addition, life does not subtract things, it liberates you from them. It makes you lighter so that you can fly higher and reach the fullness. From cradle to grave, it is a school, and that is why those predicaments that you call problems are lessons, indeed.

You lost nobody; the one who died is just going ahead, because we all are going there. Besides this, the best of him/her, his/her love, is still in your heart. Who could say that Jesus is dead? There is not death, but only movement. And on the other side there are some wonderful people waiting for you: Gandhi, Michelangelo Whitman, St. Augustine, Mother Teresa, your grandmother and my mother, who believed that poverty is actually closer to what we call Love, because money distracts us with too many things, and makes us apprehensive and doubtful.

Do only what you love and you will be happy; the one who can do what he/she loves, is blessed and destined to have success, which will definitively come, because what must come, will come, but will come naturally. Do not do anything for obligation or commitment, but for love. Only then there will be fullness in your life, and with fullness everything is possible; and possible without any effort because what will move you will be the natural force of life, the same that raised me when the plane crashed with my wife and my daughter, the same which kept me alive when my doctors predicted that I would have only 3 or 4 more months of life.

Liberate yourself from the tremendous burden of guilt, responsibility, and vanity, and be ready to live each moment deeply, as it should be.

You are not depressed, you just need to be busy. Help the child who needs you, and that child will be your child’s partner. Help old people, and young people will help you when you be old. In addition, service to others is an absolutely guaranteed happiness, as certain as enjoying and taking care of nature for those who will come tomorrow. Give without measure and you will receive without measure.

Facundo Cabral is a visionary Gautemalan poet. This passage is excerpted from here.

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On Jul 15, 2016 Kristin Pedemonti wrote:

This one hit very close to home. As someone challenged with episodes of depression which is very real and part of my brain chemistry, I must say that though I agree with much of the thoughts presented and that yes service to others certainly helps, when one has clinical depression it is more than "distraction." That being said, I do relate that in reframing one can be liberated rather than feeling in loss. I needed to hear that today! Every experience can be a lesson, and sometimes even a gift if we let it. I do my best to live in love each and every day. We have a choice; when we are doing whatever we are doing to view as from love. Even doing the dishes can be out of love :)  When a recent relationship ended changing from romantic to platonic I continued to share messages of hope as he is going through a very challenging time in his life. It was out of love and care. As for distraction as root of depression, I suppose that when I am not doing what is best for me, example working in a job that does not fulfill my heart, the depression is definitely more acute. Currently I am working my way back to more Cause Focused and heart centered Storytelling/Speaking engagements and it is helping my mind and heart because this is the work I am truly meant to do and have done. time for more of it! Hugs from my heart to yours, Kristin

On Jul 17, 2016 rahul wrote:

Another way of re-stating this is that life is offering sufficiency at every turn for the task at hand.  Our distractions keeps us unaware of the underlying ebb and flow, and never quite clear enough to know our purpose in the moment because of the momentum of the past or the grasping for the future.  We experience that dissipation and energetic gap as depression.  For all those who face some form of clinical depression, the question I hold is whether depression preceded thought, did thought precede depression, or do they arise together and support one another?  Do we believe what we experience, or do we experience what we believe?  I suspect that getting to the bottom of these questions will create the space and energy to rise from the downward spiral we experience in depression.

On Jul 18, 2016 david doane wrote:

I think of losing something as losing track of something, not knowing where it is, being deprived of something by my own doing or someone else's doing.  Something may still be mine although I've lost track of it.  Losing something in that sense is possible.  That something was given to me doesn't mean I can't lose it.  In this world, just because I didn't make something doesn't mean I can't own it.  Second, I as well as all of us have done things for love and not obligation.  I'm writing this paragraph for love of expressing myself and not out of obligation.  I spend time with many people for love instead of obligation, at least most of the time.  I go to most happenings out of love, not obligation.  Third, as I think of it, at least a lot of depression is pressing down or denying my wants and real self instead of expressing and living my wants and real self.  Distraction is a way of losing track of self, getting away from self, and is depressing.  Having experienced depression as a result of distraction from my real self and seen others depressed as a result of getting away from real self helps me stay aware that distraction can be depressing.  I also know that distraction doesn't equal depression.  There is distraction that is not depression, and depression that is not distraction. 

On Jul 18, 2016 Bradley A Stoll wrote:

 When I first read this, I immediately recalled a Prince Ea video that I recently watched, which can be found here
It seems that much of what is written about in this passage causes sadness, and I'm not sure that sadness is depressions equal. To me, depression stems from a feeling of hopelessness. I've certainly had my share of sadness, as we all have. I'm not so sure that I would classify any periods of my greatest sadness as depression, though. I've known several beings, including family members, friends, and students, who have died by suicide. To me, this is the pinnacle, or maybe depth is a better word, of depression. To not know the kindness, love and compassion that others have for you; to not know the beauty that you have to offer the universe; to not feel meaning in your life...that, to me, would be depression.

On Jul 19, 2016 Sunil,Bangalore wrote:
 Impermanence is the only permanence.So  U cant loose anything."Only a true lover never dies said Kabir. Why Wander Away but enter UR Temple of Love.Love not grown in gardens nor sold@market.He who wants it,king or commoner gives his head,heart and hands to take it".No obligation, no distraction and no depression.  Recently Home Stay with a Dutch Family,Holland and visiting a divorced relation,Germany resulted in 'Mangal Maitry' with small acts of kindness manifesting the latent Divinity within. Cheers with Smiles.   

On Jul 19, 2016 Shrinika wrote:

 Great Truth Well Said.

On Jul 19, 2016 colleen wrote:

 i def needed to hear this today and hit on many points, personally.  I do believe that because of our modern day healthcare system, there are those who are potentially diagnosed depressed and are in fact distracted and the person doesnt even realize it.  I also know that there is true clinical depression and emotional disorders., however i do have to say that as we have our high or positive times/ points , just agreeing that when we are at a point when we have become distracted for whatever the reason, we are vulnerable to the distraction which then throws us into a depression as we only see what  is wrong and focus on it.  sometimes its very real and there is not a quick fix, which makes us even more depressed and distracted.  and i agree that the more distracted we become, the more energetically our vibration becomes lower and we have a harder time lifting that vibration, esp if we are trying or left alone to do so.  I feel that if those of us who are able to remind ourselves we are distracted and that will lea us into depression, and try to find the distraction, like untangling the necklaces in a jewelry box so to speak, we have to start somewhere and maybe we untangle our selves a little at a time.  i am not saying its easy or taking this lighty, as i am trying to untangle myself right now.  so i relate.  this was great to hear   im glad i listened and didnt just read.

On Jul 19, 2016 Kristof wrote:

 When we live without claiming proprietorship over anything,emptying our self every day ,every moment of this wrong concept then we may see interdependence of all existence at that state we have the opportunity to make right choce.  

On Jul 19, 2016 L.C. Turriago wrote:

Facundo Cabral was born in Argentina and assassinated in Guatemala. He was well known in Latin America for his singing and poetry.

On Jul 23, 2016 Sandra wrote:

 Very Good !!  Wish I knew the answers ....

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On Jul 28, 2016 jenn wrote:

 Losing something is impossible, it is only a matter of our perspective of seeing things differently of what is left over what is lost. There were times of my life I lost my pride when I got a child out of wed lock and raised him alone. Thereafter I was criticized, ashamed by my family, next thing that happened is I choose a guy to marry that in reverse they hardly disagree. But, I did this all out of love by standing of what I believe than seeing things that it is an obligation to follow what is right in their eyes. Life is a matter of perspective, seeing things according to your points of view. What keeps me away from depression is realizing that things happen naturally when even we are not aware or eventually know the result may come. There is no such thing as losing, only gaining what is left and what is already there. Life is beautiful.

God Bless!

On Aug 3, 2016 Susannah wrote:

 So beautifully  many of these responses.  As EVERTHING is energy, all 'negative' energy is is a low vibration.  Words can have high or low vibration.  Depression is just one such word ... and our 'natural' chemistry is always adapting. We can raise our natural vibration with our thoughts ... and with beauty, nature, music and more.  We
've sadly become too used to negative thoughts, too expectant of quick fixes ... drugs, alcohol, food, sex, tv ... the 'drugs' are endless,  and may give short term relief. And we always must come back to ourSelf.  I send so much love to you.  Blessings and a deep bow.

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