October-December 2003

Volume 15, Number 4

A Special Issue exploring the Connections
and Tangents of Spirituality and Depression




Through the Editor's Eyes

The Chameleon and the Whirlwind

Catherine Groves

In "The Chameleon and the Whirlwind," Catherine Groves discusses the effects of depression in her own life and reflects on the diversity of viewpoints presented in the issues pages. The diversity itself, says Catherine, reveals vital insights into the chameleon called depression — as well as the nature of dialog.

The Silence of Personal Despair

An Anecdote of Transformation

Robert Arias

The death of his brother proved to be the catalyst for the onset of Robert Arias' depression, an inner process that ultimately served as an opportunity for spiritual transformation. Pivotal to Arias' emergence from depression — the nature of which, the author maintains, is essentially a misallocation of energy — was Buddha's first principle: existence is dukkha, the suffering or quality of unsatisfactoriness inherent to life.

Stretching Spirituality's Hope to Fit the Secular Fact of Depression

N.M. Landaiche III

Having worked as a psychotherapist with depressed individuals and having himself suffered from depression, N.M. Landaiche treats of the loss of connection at the heart of depression. Explored are the ways spirituality serves — and fails to serve — in reestablishing crucial connection.

A Peek Between the Covers

Mark Pitstick

Dr. Mark R. Pitstick reflects on the correlation between spirituality and depression in his review of The Thorn and the Rose: A Journey from Suffering to Love by Anthony Williams. Mark Pitstick, a holistically oriented physician, writes, "There is a rhyme and reason for all things in life, including depression." As Ralph Waldo Emerson mused, as quoted in The Thorn and the Rose, "When it is dark enough, men see the stars."

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