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Re: Burnout

Posted by Depressed in San Jose on August 31, 1998, at 16:29:28

In reply to Re: Burnout, posted by Vanessa on August 11, 1998, at 10:10:37

> > What has setting/boundaries and assertiveness
> > to do with burnout?

> >Having been in and out of burn-out most of my life, I think
the element everyone is forgetting here is something
larger than ourselves, other forces at work. When I have reached
my lowest (and this is beyond feeling lifeless,
unmotivated) when I have seriously planned out my suicide, I had to
reach deep into something outside of myself to see the biggest
picture. I do not adopt any specific theology...but I have recently
been focusing on more spiritual issues (especially from a Buddhist,
Shamanic perspective) and found that I can mix the spiritual with the
psychological (in fact, the psychologist I am seeing, once studied to be a
priest in the Catholic church, before changing his mind) to come up
with my own unique healing formula. At some point, all the medications
in the world, all the positive coaching in the world, all the best advice
in the world, all the grieving and moaning, can only go so far. At some
point, I had to acknowledge that much of it was way beyond my control
and for some reason I was on this path. It was the way I decided to
walk the path that has helped me more than anything else. To know, that
I am learning some lessons long overdue, has helped me keep some perspective
and helped reduce the time I spend in emotional/psychological burnout.

I don't know if this makes any sense...but I think it does address part of the
original question raised. Assertiveness and "boundaries" are only
man made inventions used to offset man's existence on this planet at this
given time in this particular space. Its sort of like the bandaid
applied to the cut. The cut is the issue at hand. The healing has to
begin from within the body (i.e. soul) and then the bandaid will no longer
be needed.

My thoughts anyway.





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