I read this article titled Ariana Grande and Jim Carrey Connect Over This Relatable Part of Life with Depression. I have known that Jim Carrey has struggled with depression, however, it still catches me off guard. Someone who is seems so fun, spontaneous, and unaffected by how other people perceive him, admits to hiding behind a mask of depression and sadness?
“You should think of the word ‘depressed’ as ‘Deep Rest’. Your body needs to be depressed. It needs Deep Rest from the character you’ve been trying to play.”
~ Jim Carey
I know so many people who struggle with depression. They don’t like to talk about it, admit it, and definitely don’t want anyone to know about it. Depression has become a stigma that society has labeled as bad. It’s shameful and embarrassing. Instead of being vulnerable, open, and working through it, people fear judgment from others and they end up internalize it and try to manage their sadness on their own. The fastest way to shut a teen down emotionally is to bring up the word depression. Conversation has now come to a screeching halt. It gets labeled as not being strong and unacceptable at such an early age.
I know what depression, for me, feels like. I know how alone I felt when I’ve been down. I understand, through recovery, the importance to have close friends we can lean on and support us when we’re starting to fall. I also know it’s just as important to be that rock for my friends when they need solid ground to stand on.
This was why I created Together We Can Heal.
We are not alone. Together we can help one another grow through the various struggles life throws at us. We can learn how to parent our inner child, so that internally, Together We Can Heal.
I love this tweet that Jim Carrey sent to Arianna Grande.
.@ArianaGrande I read your lovely mention of me and things I’ve said about depression. A brilliant teacher and friend, Jeff Foster was OG on the “Deep Rest” concept. I admire your openness. I wish you freedom and peace. I feel blessed to have such a gifted admirer. Happy Easter! pic.twitter.com/BiMa6KHYb6
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) April 22, 2019
~ Jim Carey
“Depression is your body saying, ‘Fuck you! I don’t want to be this character anymore. I don’t want to hold up this avatar that you created in a world that’s too much for me.”
~ Jim Carey
“From De-pressed to Deep Rest”
~ Jeff Foster
“We can view depression not as a mental illness, but on a deeper level, as a profound, and very misunderstood, state of deep rest, entered into when we are completely exhausted by the weight of our own false story of ourselves…”
It is my hope that changing the definition of depressed to “deep rest” may resonate with you, my Fledglings.
May you give your body and soul the time it needs to heal.
Remember you are not alone.
Together We Can Heal.
May you Rise from the Ashes and Soar with Eagles.