Existential questions & mental health
Mental health is becoming an increasingly important issue in today's world, especially among young people looking for meaning in it and trying to maintain their mental balance. Inevitably they first seek it in the world itself. As depicted in the yin-yang symbol however, balance can only be achieved by holding opposites in a creative and healthy tension. The world's opposite is the ability to abstract wholly and completley from it. This can be achieved by meditation and asking intelligent questions.
For adults too, hopelessness often remains in some shape or form a necessary stage on the journey to the enlightenment. The limited thinking-system of the ego is being replaced. But beyond the wall of despair, the deepest longing of the heart is able to bring us back home. 'Home' is not outside of us, in a sea of projections where everything is constantly changing. Home is the origin of the mind that caused the projection. When we have experienced this during meditation, we can escape limitation and find peace.
Mutual inquiry - Q&A's about the meaning of life - is based on mutual respect, the idea that everyone can learn from everyone, and that positive energy can flow through such meeting at a deeper level than the ordinary. Thinking can best be employed to work with and not against the search for mental balance. No immediate 'cut and dried' answers are required, only a willingness to work towards a personally satisfactory outcome that enables further progress. Finding the right questions is already a huge step forward.
What is your own answer to the following questions?
- where does the world come from?
- what is the meaning of life?
Have you found satisfactory answers for yourself? After all, these issues are important.