A MEMOIR

RAISING A BLACK DOG

“Compassionate, Alluring, Harmonious and Lovely.”

– Emile Raymond

Monet Tiran supports mental health awareness with “Raising a Black Dog,” a brave and authentic guide to creating a fulfilling life in spite of the threats the modern and often relentless world throws our way, ferocious black dogs included. Covering a span of twenty years worth of experience and research, forty-nine countries and more than a million miles, Tiran’s story rolls along like a sturdy train, leading us in the end to a treasure chest of spiritual and practical tools. Read Tiran to understand how depression stalks its victims and how, in learning to heal from and cope with this very common and deadly disease, we can discover how much more there is to life than meets the conventional, ambitious eye.

Raising a Black Dog

by Monet Tiran

 “Through dialogue, through being honest with our feelings and sharing them, we can make a change. It starts and ends with us, all of us. We all need to be change-makers, no matter how big or small we are, or the change we seek to make is. We do it because we have to, because the earth and the living creatures in it are suffering, and people are taking their lives as a result. Don’t seek to make a change for credit or for pats on the back. Do it as a selfless act of kindness, and kindness shall find its way back to you.”

~ 800,000 people die from suicide globally each year (one death every 40 seconds).

~ Less than 2% of the global median of health budget was allocated to mental health in 2017.

~ 9 is the median number of health workers per 100,000 people in 2017.

~ 94,553 women and 127,540 men between the ages of 10 and 29 years committed suicide in 2017.

“No, I am not okay.”

“How many more lives will suicide claim, before we start realizing the signs, not only in others, but in ourselves? When will it become the norm to raise your hand and say, “actually, no, I am not okay?”

“I have dealt with depression off and on throughout my life, but there was a brief period where it’s safe to say that I only thought about one thing every day. Suicide. There was a time when I could hardly get out of bed. One day I’m jetting around the world, rising through the corporate ranks, growing cash, the next, I’m in a psyche ward eating medicine. Prana, combined with good friends, good doctors and a lot of compassion, is how I overcame my struggle and suffering and to this day continue into a hopeful and rewarding future.”

Prana is the Sanskrit word for “breath” and is often used in referring to the “life force” or “life energy.” It comprises all cosmic energies that permeate the Universe on all levels, including us. I documented my experience in order to spread the Prana, the healing energy that I would discover during my journey. My hope is that others who are raising a black dog as I was, can see the signs before it’s too late, and as I did, find the healing that exists in us, and in the universe. In my case, as with many others, all the signs were there. Whether I and everyone else subconsciously ignored them, or were simply too caught up in our own drama to realize them for what they were, I will never know. All the people around me at the time exhibited actions that revealed on a deeper level they knew something was wrong, and ultimately that we are all connected in some intuitive way more powerfully than our distracted, conscious minds could override. Seize the connection you have with others.

“Through the very extended and hard process of healing I have learned many lessons. I have acquired new skills. Made new friends. Lost some old ones. But most of all, I dealt with my demons and will never allow myself to go back to such a dark place. 

By the grace of God, I am very lucky that I did not end up taking my own life, having gotten so close to doing it, so many times.

God bless you, and please help us to help others, and please find us if you need help.”

Do no harm. Not to yourself, anyone or anything.

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