The pillars of mental health
A healthy personality is composed of many characteristics and habits. These are some of the most important: Awareness – The ability to recognise one’s existence and sense one’s state. Release – It is important to not hold on to the past or future, ideas, feelings or physical sensations too much. Letting go with the mind is helpful. Self esteem – You must appreciate and value yourself to an adequate degree. Confidence – Cultivate this when wishing to succeed in any enterprise. Any of these traits or others can be developed by the will. One should simply meditate upon them. Think ‘What is awareness?’ and seek the…
Consciousness is dualistic, a set of scales. Two aspects – good and evil – must balance each other. We are made of happiness, enthusiasm and goodwill. But we must also express impatience, disappointment, even malice, at times. There is a place for hate. Invite not another, then – ‘Be kind, always’. This will make them ill. Rather, say – ‘be honest’.
It’s very important to understand that the human mind is a health-seeking system. Consciousness wishes to be well and it will make all efforts to repair itself if permitted to. Those of us with an interest in mental health need to learn how to use the mind so as liberate its healing instincts. In my observation, overthinking is generally related to anxiety or worry – when the body is stressed, frightened or a person is concerned about their circumstances, the mind will overact and spend excessive amounts of energy on looking for solutions to problems, real or imagined. One needs to clear the charge of emotions in order to calm…