The more tense we are, the more estranged from ourselves we become. We are not bodies having a spiritual experience, we are souls having a physical experience. For those who are suffering from any type of depression, life has little meaning beyond the physical. Trivialities and dramas seem to be all encompassing and real, whereas for someone who sees life in context – as being only part of a journey that we all share, life is much easier as the little things and even the major things are seen in perspective.
Faith in life, belief in meaning in everything, is crucial to emotional and spiritual health. Without this, we are blowing aimlessly in the wind, susceptible to every passing cloud. To have strength means to be able to put things into perspective, to know that however bad things are, there is a reason for everything, a silver lining to every cloud and that we gain enormous wisdom from every experience if only we allow ourselves to live it fully.
Society and modern living seem to actively divert us away from knowing who we really are, preferring us to wear masks, hide our confusion and fear and get on with pursuing the roles that ‘best fit’ the circumstances we are in. If we refuse to wear the uniform and follow the rules we are deemed unhealthy, often even crazy.
So we allow fear to take over, become swallowed up by the bombardment of media influences, fall for the tricks of education and propaganda, until we completely lose sight of who are we are – the essence of ourselves as spiritual beings.
When we look at the incredulity of the situation we are in – we find ourselves on a ball of rock that spins at 1000 miles an hour in a universe beyond measurement, we can’t help but realise how futile it is to sweat the small stuff.
When we are in the throes of depression, whether this takes the form of stress, an eating disorder, alcoholism, drug addiction…however we choose to express it is irrelevant really, our world shrinks. How much we weigh or where we will find our next drink or fix seems to become paramount for our survival. We truly feel that but nothing could be further from the truth. We come into this world needing only air to breathe, food to eat, warmth and shelter. We leave needing only the same. Such few resources we actually need for our survival. Yet society would have us believe that we need so much more…status, a perfect body, loads of friends, a great job, big house, etc etc. We fall for it all but how many of us give a thought to the fact that our lives are over in a flash, that we none of us know how much time we have left…how many of us think about what we will think about when we are on our death beds looking back. What would we like to have done with our lives? Are we proud of the way we have lived? These are daily questions for those who are in tune. For those who not only know that our lives in physical bodies are short but really live knowing that…