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Secrets to Shoveling Out Depression: Part 2

In Part 1 I introduced my best friends, music and nature, to you and explained how they always have a way of I treat symptoms of depression when they come up. In this post, I am so excited to introduce you to my other best friend, poetry, which is my favorite form of art therapy.

Man with depressionPoetry can be seen as word art with its colorful language, patterns and rhythms that keep the mind curious and engaged.  Below is one short poem that I memorized and repeat when I need a reminder of how to make a choice.

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.”  in The Essential Rumi 

Writing poetry is also a way to release stored up emotions. Below is a poem I wrote to help me move forward when I felt discouraged.


Shine Your Light

by Bobbi Rudin


Do you wait until all is well outside

to remember your ever shining light inside?


Once, someone may have told you to hide.

But that is not your God. Do not abide.


Gently deny that is the truth. Step out again,

and again, and again. Let inspiration rise.


Ah, there is your smile, don’t let it wane,

or the joy that illuminates your eyes


with Love’s ever present ray ending all pain.

Now, you have discovered life’s greatest prize.


Visit my website for more poetry and soul expressions. Additionally, check out The Institute for Poetic Medicine to get started using therapeutic poetry exercises.

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Bobbi S Rudin is a Health Coach, Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Writer, & Poet. You may visit her online to find out more about her Center for Conscious Eating or her work with Soul-Body Expressions.