I wonder why people make the distinction. Why do we concern ourselves with mental health and rarely talk about health as a whole? Behind every citizen of the world, behind every artist, teacher, & student, there is a being that has a pulse.
The heart actually beats. It is a physical movement. We all breathe, another physical activity. By calling it “mental” health, do we just get caught up further along this confusing, anxiety plagued, negative vortex of thought? Do we then, just get further caught up in our own “minds”? No matter how scattered our thoughts, or how focused we are, or seem to be, we all breathe.
This basic (often overlooked, disrespected, neglected, and abused) function of the body is something we all do, as intellectual beings. Let’s not take this for granted, let’s not run away from this, but instead let’s embrace our being, our health, and our breath. Let’s strip it down, unlearn, deprogram, so we can then battle this seemingly never-ending fight against the noise. The they, the them, the that, the it, the us, the thing, the bullshit.
Let’s grow, a lot of us are getting dumber by the second. I say “the us” as the thing that we get so caught up and involved in, but grow to resent, because the others of the “us” serve as real life reminders and reflections of our own anxieties and insecurities. We then grow bitter towards one another for doing the same shit we do. Sometimes we get frustrated and anxious because when others remind us of the qualities and habits and ways of thinking that we are trying to do away with. Maybe we do still operate with a certain level of old habit residue we haven’t totally wiped away, but life is a process and we should treat it as such.
Now going back to the breath, the self-care, and the self-reflection.
We have a responsibility to take care of ourselves. The more we can accept this responsibility and lean into it, the more fully we are able to confront the overwhelming feelings, etc that come with this never-ending battle. If we stay the course and commit to self-improvement, along the way we will reform our attitudes towards the people and things we used to resent. With our new lens on life we will see ourselves in others, we will see more life, we will grow as compassionate beings, we will stop sabotaging the “us” because we realize how interconnected we are with the world around us, be it in the form of plants, mosquitoes, stop signs, or people. The “us” is the connection of all things, the thing that holds us all together, the God, the unexplainable, the primal unity. This idea of unity may seem like a pipe dream in today’s age of intelligence, scattered, hyper individualized blah blah noise culture, but maybe not. Maybe people are yearning for connection and hope more than ever because we are as disconnected and lonely as ever.
What I’m proposing is that we just start. Or rather, just continue. Continue that journey we’ve always wanted to embark on. Cause there’s something still there, inside. And when we start there, from a place of self-awareness, we’ll be better able to go “out” into the world and do what you are supposed to do.
Have a good day,