Follow Your Passion

Follow your passion. In today’s fast-paced hypnotic world, we are challenged to survive each day. We are deluged with thoughts too numerous to account. Most thoughts come and quickly leave our consciousness leaving us with only a vague notion. We experience pressure in our work day, in or out of the home to perform copious tasks efficiently. Day in and day out the continues unabated. In some instances, those thoughts might not leave us. In fact, we may be beset with one or more that dignifies itself itself as a burden. At day’s end we attempt to seek some measure of solace, of peace before sleep sets in … even if sleep may unto itself be problematic.

We awaken fatigued by the lack of quality sleep and those ever-present thoughts that won’t leave us alone. Conflict in relationships, work related matters; school pressures assimilate into our consciousness and at times, lead to depression. Not getting those thoughts to pass through our consciousness can eventually render us paralyzed and overcome with grief. We talk it to death and yet we remain stuck.

For multitudes, especially in these United States, we labor to our family physician or psychiatrist for that magic quick cure … medication. Some even talk out the problems with a counselor/therapist to complement the treatment. Much of traditional therapy focuses on symptom management and therefore, perpetuates the medication regimen. The traditional medical model is cautiously viewed by mainstream media as the only ballgame in town. Keep in perspective that the media informants are the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical companies whose literature touts the benefits of their drug. I could go on and on and will serve notice to continue this subject for another piece.

Although a source of laughter and doubt for its value, inquiring about a client’s feelings is paramount to getting unstuck and to healing from psychic wounds. Unfortunately, many depressed folks who take psychiatric medications are challenged to identify true feelings. Folks often express numbness or a flattened kind of experience and even misidentify their true and honest feelings. Some people have learned to ignore their feelings. A trained, compassionate practitioner can direct a client towards their real and genuine feelings. Additionally performed in partnership, a client may touch in and realize a running component … emotions. Thoughts that stay stuck can cause measurable psychic disturbances. Over time, diligence and commitment to holistic health the mind-body-spirit connection can unload those insulated emotions and allow for healing to be experienced. An awakening mishap follows.

Again, in our need to make things happen quickly, the aforementioned can be a painful yet amazingly rewarding life process. Commitment to growth and well-being can counteract those rough experiences along the path towards well-being. Connections with friends and loved ones can complement the professional treatment. And yes, you knew I’d get to it eventually, you and your doctor may need a discussion on the prescribed medications and a question towards modification adjustment and even discontinuation. Doing it alone unilaterally is dangerous, don’t do it.

Back to the original concept of following your passion. Your awakening and process of healing may enlighten you towards identifying a passion, say artistic or musical, wholly worthwhile pursuing. As one practitioner, I’ve watched countless folks on their journey towards getting unstuck and healing find a healthy and worthwhile passion to invest in. Depression can be lifted and the light of love from within blaze in the glory of finding oneself. God is smiling.

Marshall Greenstein holds a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling and is a licensed marriage and family counselor and a licensed mental health counselor in New York state. He has regular office hours at Hutton and Greenstein Counseling Services, 501 E. Third St., Suite 2B, Jamestown, 484-7756. For more information or to suggest topics, email