Translated by Gregory Hays
If anyone can refute me—show me I’m making a mistake or looking at things from the wrong perspective—I’ll gladly change. It’s the truth I’m after, and the truth never harmed anyone. What harms us is to persist in self-deceit and ignorance. (VI: 21)
Depression and anxiety have their roots firmly embedded in deceit and ignorance. The voices in our heads that manifest unbidden at moments of vulnerability can only take hold if we listen to them.
If people who are successful in their various sporting activities attribute much of their success to using a mantra – we would be foolish to disregard the possible positive effects that the same principles may be applied to dealing with depression and anxiety.
This quotation contains some very good advice for fellow sufferers of depression and/or anxiety. When we are floundering in the Slough of Despond or fighting Apollyon in the Valley of Humiliation we need to have mental toughness in the form of a mantra.
When I first suffered serious anxiety my mantra was taken from the New Testament
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7 NIV