A demon of consciousness that defies your intention

Renders you spineless of one dimension

Takes your self-confidence your energy and being

Blindfolds your vision relegates all of your seeing


It’s a big surly monster without any end

Enveloping you demanding you bend

Progress is halted action is stopped

Life seems like molasses you just want to drop


When will it end this bottomless pit

When will you surface intact with your wit

You’ve been in this chasm more than one time before

This daunting life passage not what you came here for


What will help you endure see you through to the end

What will engage and be your dear friend

What are your lessons what do you need to learn

When will the ordeal end when will you turn


Life’s not for the meager nor for the weak

Not for the faint-hearted who want to be sheep

Listen to your voices follow your heart

Let life come to you unfolding as art


Cultivate wisdom give kindness to friends

Listen with compassion serve make amends

Be patient and humble don’t worry about trends

Take joy in abiding hours are your friends


How do you sustain yourself when your own moods are challenging?

How do you recognize you are being overwhelmed?

Is there a way you can anticipate them?

Are there situations or circumstances that trigger them?

How do you cope with the pain?

What sustains your faith that you will persevere and draw upon your own resilience?

– Stewart Levine ©

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