Sunday, March 1, 2009

Speaking of Faith: The Soul In Depression

The Soul in Depression
February 26, 2009

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One in ten Americans, and even more dramatically, about one in four women, will experience clinical depression at some point in their lives. We take an intimate look at the spiritual dimensions of this illness and its aftermath.

Program Details

* » Particulars an annotated guide to the radio program with readings, images, and links
* » Resources
* » Books + Music
* » Krista's Journal
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» Depression and Me

The vulnerability of revisiting this conversation reminds Krista to embrace "dark times as expressions of human vitality."

» Confessions of a Yoga Convert
For our yoga show, Krista reflects on the impact of her own practice in dealing with depression — and how it liberated her to see value in the graceful transitioning and not just the outcome.

» The First Breath After a Coma

If you've had a long day and are looking for a moment of reflection, watch Carolina LaBranche's lovely two-minute homage to her mother.

We had to cut these three interviews down quite a bit to fold them into one program. Hear each conversation in full and uncut, and let us know what you think of our edits.
» Unedited Interview with Palmer (mp3, 56:54)
» Unedited Interview with Solomon (mp3, 45:57)
» Unedited Interview with Barrows (mp3, 59:49)

Poetry for Reflection, Help, and Healing

» Rainer Maria Rilke
Translations of the two poems recited by Anita Barrows.

» Anita Barrows
Texts of "Questo muro" and "Heartwork."

» Jane Kenyon
Read "Back" cited by Solomon

» Psalms of the Old Testament
Helpful examples for meditation during and after depression.

» William Shakespeare
Passage from The Winter's Tale.

Solomon is author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, which won the National Book Award in 2001.

Palmer is an educator, activist, and author of Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation.

Barrows is a poet and psychologist, and translator of Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God.

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