I dated a girl for half a year - who became a great friend - commited suicide a few years ago, and it pained me terribly. I always wished that she could have found something to put her energy into that could have possibly swayed her from taking her own life. I've personally suffered from bouts of thinking things would never get better, but never thought of taking my own life. I cannot begin to understand what it must be like to suffer from thoughts such as this.
My heart goes out to all of you who are suffering from depression, drug dependence, or other personal problems.
One thing that I can share with everyone is something that has not only changed and transformed me on a physical level, but on a mental one as well. I started doing yoga back in July 13'. Through this challenge of yoga I hardly drink alcohol anymore. Maybe a beer or two in the evening (you can't handle a hangover if you're dedicating yourself to yoga, your body physically hates it). The thought of being hungover and doing yoga actually sounds terrible, and if you begin to love the way yoga makes you feel, then you won't want to drink because yoga becomes more important than alcohol.
Yoga is easy on the body, and is a style of exercise you can do every day. Your legs will wobble in balancing positions, and it may take you months to get strong enough to start doing inversions, but the joy you get in believing in yourself that you WILL be able to forward fold over your legs, grab your toes, and rest your forehead on your knees is truly amazing.
Most importantly, you begin to believe in yourself. Breathing is an integral part of living, and I believe it has an immeasurable and profound affect on our physical health, and psyche as well. When you believe in yourself, you begin to shine a light that wasn't there previously. People will notice that you've lost some weight, gotten in better shape, have better posture, and that there is a newfound light being lit within you.
I wish more than anything that I could have introduced my friend to yoga and it's healing benefits before she took her own life by hanging herself, overdosing on pills, and hanging herself. If there are any of you out there who are over it completely, please give yoga a try for a week before you do anything that can't be undone.
Popular Yoga studios with a free week of yoga or discounted rates: I know these studios are in the LA area, but they do have studios across the US.
CorePowerYoga - http://www.corepoweryoga.com/yoga-beginners/new-students-one-week-free-yoga
Yogaworks - http://www.yogaworks.com/en/newtoyoga
My soul honors your soul. I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the light, love, truth, beauty, & peace within you, because it is in me. In sharing these things we are united, we are the same, we are one.
Love & Light