Melancholy is a depression of spirits, especially when habitual or prolonged. Melancholy is derived from the Middle English melancolie, which is/was a state (as of anger or sorrow) produced by excessive black bile.
Melancholy is a word similar to morbs in that it feels so very Victorian in it’s usage (or perhaps I simply read way to many Victorian era novels). To be melancholic, one is in a state of dreary, forlorn and rather deep depression and often for an extended period of time. For example, deep winter is often a time for melancholia to set in as one longs for the lush, warm freedom of a bright summer day.
A melancholic state of mind/ far from peace/ a longing so fine/ a desire for something beyond this place and time/ an ease/ a freedom/ a weightlessness refined… ~ Ella
Melancholy is such a beautiful word, even if the definition is such a heavy, sad one. I feel quite blessed that my own melancholy is in such a good place, though it takes a certain amount of willing effort to keep myself flowing and not anchored down. For those of you who may be in a state of deep melancholy, it’s okay and you are okay. Breathe and know that even if it may seem it right now, things will not be gloomy or bad forever. It’s okay.
Namaste ~ Ella
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