We all experience brief tensions when life doesn’t go our way. What determines our mental health is what happens next.
You are here. You have feelings. You have thoughts. You perform actions. You are aware. To remain happily present with your feelings, thoughts and actions, awareness is key.
It is natural that we are self-defensive, seeking to blame others. But it is also counterproductive. By learning to ‘be with’ peacefully, we can break the cycle of suffering, starting with ourselves.
To stay mentally healthy, we may need to review our inner values, and check we are living consistently with them.
Our lives seem tangled, and they are. Bodily, we are interconnected, interdependent. But our minds need not be caught up anxiously in the fray.
Much anxiety is caused by the desire for things to be other than they are. By ‘just watching’, we give our urgent self a rest, and become content with mere attention and perception.