We seem obsessed with happiness as a product. I am [was?], we are.
And perhaps the easiest way to explain this is the popular idea of craving for a happy body. Exercise regimes, guides and ‘diet’ schemes interspersed with celebrity endorsements. Or life changing objects and how, socially, we need this or that to become accepted and loved by others.
If we don’t put the mind first is everything else all pointless and empty of substance?
When something is broken polishing the exterior will, invariably, fail to fulfil a repair. So why do we metaphorically perform this very act?
This is not a suggestion that your mind is broken. Only you can decide it’s healthy or unhealthy state. And only you can accept that, in order for this to improve, there’s no quick fix solution. Meditation trains the mind, yet the number of people who “can’t do it” and say no is significant. You can’t run a half-marathon without some practice either. It takes effort but our western philosophy is so convinced we can buy solutions it’s hard to see past the idea.
How often have you thought of a material product as life altering? It’s common. The new iPhone X has that selfie portrait mode that’s inevitably going to lead to inner happiness…
Being happy and well in the mind needs to come before other physical forms of perfection and ‘fitness’. Theres’s been a huge shift in our societal understanding and acceptance of mental health — and that’s good. A happy brain is something we have to work on and towards. In order to reap the rewards of calm, genuine inner solace and acceptance that what you have and are is good enough. In fact, it’s amazing.