How Aikido saved my life.
Hi there i have a myriad of health problems, not the least of which is a severe Bi-Polar disorder. For those of you who do not know what that is, i will sum it up like this you have manic episodes, and depressive episodes.
My Manic episodes are getting easier to deal with because i can identify them and fight them to some degree. However my depressions are another story all together.
I have been dealing with depression for about 20 years now, and they get really bad and deep, sometimes lasting for months on end.
These episodes have greatly hampered my progression in Aikido, at least on a physical level. That being said taking Aikido off the mat i have been greatly bouyed over the years. Be it reading about Aikido or doing some breathing excersises and the like.
I would be lying if i said that ending my life hasnt been a prevalent thought of mine for years, but this is where Aikido has helped me greatly. It has given me strength to get through the tough times, even though i may not train on the mat, just the philosophy of it has great attributes for me. This is how Aikido has saved my life, on many occasions.
I was wondering if anyone else has had any of the same benefits as i have, and would like to share.
Last edited by aikishrine : 06-03-2009 at 08:26 AM.