Text message conversation this morning between my friend Rivka and me. She is studying to be a body psychotherapist.
SG: This is not fair. No objective reason to feel sad, but it feels like my body is flooded with sadness particles. Stupid body.
RJ: Here is what I would suggest from my clinical perspective — long term: take a multivitamin and tons of fish oil every day — b vitamins and fish oil have been proven to fight off sadness particles. Short term: put on loud music and stomp your feet, or get in the car and make really loud low pitched sounds…hope that is somewhat helpful — I love u and am praying for u
Who could stay sad with friends like that? Sort of reminds me of St. Teresa of Avila, who apparently prescribed steak and/or a nice hot bath to ward off melancholy.