Mental Health is often thought of as mental illness. It doesn’t have a good rep. And yet, it is such a gift! And it is often forgotten or overlooked. How many times have you heard someone say Mental Health and immediately you think “uh oh” and avoid the topic. I had a friend who went to report to jury duty and when she began to say that she was a mental health clinician, the judge heard mental health and didn’t let her finish what she was saying and excused her from her jury duty without further delay. Mental Health certainly does not conjure up pleasant thoughts now, does it?
One day it will be the norm for schools to teach about innate Mental Health. It will be common place for folks to live in mental well-being. Imagine a world where there is more good will, more brotherly love, more understanding and compassion, more civility and respect, more helpfulness, more camaraderie and cooperation, more joy and appreciation, more success and accomplishment.
Mental Health exists in every human being at birth. Over time we learn habits of thinking that become the norm for us. We learn to worry or to judge. We learn to take our thoughts seriously. We believe what we think is real. We forget what it is like to live with a quiet mind and to have a sense of wonder. We get so busy that we miss the beauty around us. We aren’t often present even when we are with friends and family. We are rushed, overwhelmed, stressed, tired and aren’t happy. For many (one out of four) things get bad enough that there is a mental health diagnosis given.
What is a diagnosis? The DSMV is a thick manual listing the numerous mental illnesses that mankind suffers from. I see a diagnosis as a label of where someone spends a lot of time. For instance, people who know me would not consider me a shy person. However, I have to say that when I am shy, I am very shy. I just don’t spend much time there so I don’t get a label of being “shy”. Someone who is depressed spends enough time there to be diagnosed as depressed. Someone who is angry a lot, gets labelled an angry person. That is not who they are. It is only because they spend a lot of time in that state, that they get that connotation.
One of the most powerful feelings in helping others to regain their mental well-being, is to see the health that is inside of them, past the outside manifestation. To recognize their true identity and who they really are awakens them to consider something other than the diagnosis. When you speak to that core of wisdom and acknowledge the health within, it opens the door for new perspective, for new thought and for transformation.
Let’s hope that celebrating Mental Health becomes the norm and that Mental Health gets the appreciation it deserves! It’s about time that the understanding of the Three Principles is found everywhere… in schools and universities, and that it is common knowledge for people around the world to be aware of their birth right. With the understanding of the fact that we create our identity from the inside out, much suffering can be eliminated. Afterall, the outside is but a reflection of what we think.
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Truth about Mental Health: Karen Miller Williams, 3 Principles Nurse (Social Anxiety Inside Out #28) http://t.co/0pw110mRfk
— Nurse Karen (@HAOKEA) May 21, 2014