“Our lives become beautiful not because we are perfect. Our lives become beautiful because we put our heart into whatever we do.” – Sadhguru
It is only with the feeling of conscious will, that we can begin to solve the problems of knowing who we are as individuals, of discerning what we can and cannot do, and of judging ourselves morally right or wrong for what we have done.
It seems the norm these days to be on anti-depressants and I am referring to normal mentally healthy people who are on them. Pill popping in general seems acceptable mainly by people who believe that life’s inevitable curve balls – grief, relationship breakdowns, job anxiety, exams – require some type of suppressant that can dull the pressures and the burdens of normal life.
The ripple effects reach deep into our community because anxiety is our most common mental illness, affecting about two million Australians every year and forty million Americans.
“The Giver” a movie released recently, shows a future where everyone receives a daily dose of anti-depressants in the mistaken belief that keeping everyone “emotion-less” will create the Utopia we all seek; clearly this is not the answer.
No wonder we get confused and envious in life when we see people who seem to have it all, a brilliant career, wonderful relationships, angelic children, perfect home and body, only to find out they are suppressing every emotion they have, just to keep the “perfect illusion” alive.
Balancing our life and saying no to the pressures of society isn’t easy to do and if we do not show this difficulty to our children and show them that life is emotional, sometimes burdened with grief, pain and sickness, then we may be teaching them that showing these healthy emotions is wrong, and this can leave them feeling extremely anxious.
Practising disciplines that give us balance in life and help us work through the ups and downs and curve balls we are given, gives us strength, courage and the wisdom to know what to do next.
There are no easy roads in life and yet, when we live our truth and work hard towards our life goals, we will find contentment and happiness because we are living from our heart.
In living fully, we will at times experience anger, frustration, fear and pain, but working through these emotions will then allow us to have joy, peace, hope and understanding and this isn’t something any of us should suppress.