I don’t think people realize how much strength it takes to pull yourself out of a dark place mentally. So if you’ve done that today, or any day, I’m proud of you.

I don’t think people realize how much strength it takes to pull yourself out of a dark place mentally. So if you’ve done that today, or any day, I’m proud of you.


When was the last time you had to pull yourself out of a mentally dark space?

I don’t know anyone who has not been there at one point in their life or another. It’s just part of the human experience. In the course of trying to cope with a mentally dark space, we are continually seeking options, opportunities, guidance, and distraction, medication, or anything else that we can leverage to reduce our overall anxiety and depression. 

So what is the viable solution? 

Is it possible to preclude these moments from happening in our lives? 

As of this writing, I have yet to meet anyone who has been able to live an entire life without having to process these emotions and cope with them. So what is it specifically that someone can look to for their comfort and resolution to these kinds of problems? 

There are many pieces to the puzzle, predicated upon the variables that are weighing heavily upon you. Talking with someone whom you trust is a good starting point. That said, there are many circumstances that require higher level professional counseling than presumably one of your friends might be able to offer. 

In this situation, you may be well served to seek professional guidance and counseling. Someone who is trained to help you spot the triggers or weaknesses within your own internal infrastructure that are able to take you past your point of comfort and deliver you into this dark zone. 

In my experience, a lot of the equation is solved through understanding ourselves and examining how and why some of these responses that we are generating are triggering. A mentally dark place is an incredibly lonely and isolated zone in which a majority of variables are contemplated, but very few are ultimately executed upon, until that dark space is able to lift to a certain degree. 

When I get to one of my dark places, I have a selection of music that I have isolated as the music tracks that I am certain I cannot stay depressed while listening to. If I put this mix on and start listening… within a short while, my mood is already changing. If you couple this with taking a walk or getting some exercise, or doing something artistic or just burying your face in the soft fur of your favorite pet, you may find any one of these to be tremendously catalytic in helping you to alleviate the feelings you are suffering through and help you instead start to get to a stable position in which you may be more able to rebound and start back on your path again. 

Mental health issues are substantially on the rise and if you or someone you care about is going through a tough phase, I implore you to try some of these techniques, and see whether or not one of them might be capable of being the impetus that unlocks your greater potential. 

And if you are already practicing some of the techniques that work best for you to rise out of the darkness and back into the light, then I am very proud of you!

Happy Monday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!