Kokoro no Kaze:
Does Your Soul Have a Cold?
by: Maya Talisman Frost
Feeling sad? Have you lost interest in things you used to enjoy? Perhaps you're suffering from a cold of the soul.
That's the concept that has
Anyone familiar with
Catching a cold in
After living in
I'm all for turning to pharmaceuticals to help those who are severely depressed. I've lost two brothers to suicide, and even the worst drug on the market is better than that outcome.
Crown Princess Masako, a Harvard
grad who surprised the world by agreeing to marry Crown Prince Hirohito and live behind the closed doors of the Emperor's
Palace, prompted a national debate on depression when it was announced recently
that she was undergoing treatment for the disease. Though it doesn't surprise
us that the life of a princess and its accompanying expectations to bear heirs
might be difficult to handle--we all watched the sad story of Princess Diana
unfold--this is an unprecedented admission in
Preventing suicide? Good. Taking drugs for mild depression? Not always so good.
Does life in
"advanced" countries like
The me-too mentality is all too prevalent in a nation that prides itself on this phrase: "The nail that sticks up gets hammered down." I hate to think of millions of Japanese taking drugs in order to deal with the expectations of their culture. I hate to think of ANYONE taking drugs for that reason. And yet, it's becoming a remarkably common practice around the world.
Our folk wisdom tells us, "Feed a cold, starve a fever." Traditional remedies may help a cold of the soul as well. We don't run to the clinic every time we develop an itchy throat. We drink tea, take vitamins, get plenty of rest--in other words, we take care of ourselves.
Shouldn't we try boosting our soul's immune system first before choosing a pharmaceutical solution?
Recognizing sadness or dissatisfaction is positive. Dealing with the pieces of your life that aren't fitting together is powerful and rewarding. Making decisions to improve your relationships or circumstances is empowering. Understanding our role as growing, changing humans and applying mindfulness to our greatest challenges strengthens and elevates us.
It feeds our soul.
Is it easy? No. Is it healthy? Yes. And letting our loved ones know of our struggle and our optimistic determination to work through it?
Face mask, anyone?
About The Author
Maya Talisman Frost is a mind
masseuse offering specialized mindfulness training in
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