“Whenever stress rises, the human brain switches to autopilot and has an inherent tendency to do more of the same, only harder. Which, more often than not, is precisely the wrong approach in today’s world.”
— Robert K. Cooper, neuroscientist, leadership advisor
How much of our depression do we create ourselves? Who is creating it, and why? At some point, all of my therapy clients question their life’s purpose. It’s something we all need to consider, and the sooner, the better.
A culture that is attentive to family, community, children, learning, growth, change, and balance, both in ourselves and in our ecology, is aware of emotion. This what our current crises are pointing us toward. If you become more aware of the whole system, then you become more emotionally aware and, in that, mental balance and health can grow.
The foundation of mental health is emotional, but we don’t know how to be emotional and be effective. It is one thing to separate church and state. It’s quite another to separate spiritual meaning and behavior. This is a problem for the whole culture, but changing it can only happen individually.
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