Mantras for the depressed sponge (with notes for instructors/practitioners)
1) I am all pores and channels. A gentle beginning.
2) I do not need complex systems to feel or breathe or eat. The most simple accomplishment stated aloud can often provide a well-needed ego-boost.
3) Allow the water in; allow the water out. This one is particularly beneficial for the sponge with a recalcitrant osculum (suspected or confirmed).
4) I do not wish for symmetry; the shape I am is my right shape. Desire is suffering; impossible desire is the ultimate cause of self-harm.
5) Sessility is a form of serenity. Many sponges are trapped in a cycle of shame and sadness, longing for their once-motile larval selves.
6) My cells will transform; from fragments I will regenerate. Especially helpful for sponges who are experiencing chronic or acute trauma (deterioration of environmental conditions, sudden cold spells, etc.) and who are at risk of/have discussed using the survival pod option.
7) I am a collaborative being. Freedom is a small price to pay for comradeship. CAUTION: Use with care. Ensure Assessment Form 2A (shrimp codependency check) has been completed.
8) I will only defend myself against true predation/I will defend myself when necessary. Sponges suffering secondary trauma may have developed a habit of hyper-vigilance, leading to chronic generalised anxiety and obsessive/compulsive spicule shedding. Contrary reactions have also been observed; here the sponge must be (re)taught to recognise danger and respond to defend/protect the self.
At the end of each session, lead the sponge back to themselves by returning to the most important mantras.
9) Allow the water in; allow the water out.
10) I am all pores and channels.
*and apologies to Nam Le