4 Ways to Reveal the Secret of Life 311

the secret of life

What’s the secret of life? What’s its purpose? Who are we? Where are we heading?

Those questions have different answers for everyone, different explanation and factors that influence each.

We can all find them and reveal the meaning of everything. I use the word ‘find’ simply because all we need to know is inside us, we just have to refind it and learn how to use the information.

We are magical beings and have all the power inside us. Power to change, understand, achieve, help and live.

It’s not hidden, it has just been there all the time – in our mind, in our consciousness and in every single cell in our body- and waits for us to get to that moment of our development when we will be ready to accept the knowledge, to live with it and to spread it.

This may not be an easy task because it requires a lot of contemplating, believing, accepting, understanding, thinking and doing. But there are a few things we can do to quicken the process of self-improvement and self-understanding, the result of which is learning everything about our life.

Meditation

“Meditation will bring you sensitivity, a great sense of belonging to the world. It is our world – the stars are ours, and we are not foreigners here. We are part of it, we are the heart of it.”
Osho

Meditation itself is just a practice, a technique, a method. But what it does to our mind if done right is tremendous. It helps us discover new worlds, understand new feelings, see new things. It is a way to close our consciousness to some things and open it to others.

All you need is solitude – a quiet place, and a desire to get to know yourself better. Try to eliminate all the negative thoughts and if you can just stop thinking at all for some time. This may sound difficult and ridiculous, but I assure you it’s not.

To stop thinking is hard in nowadays daily round when so many things are happening, so many tasks, ideas and thoughts just pop up in our head all the time. We have lost the ability to just turn off the button and relax. Meditation is a way to achieve that.

So clear your mind and just contemplate. You may be lying in your bed, sitting, or be close to nature. Wherever you are, try to see – even if your eyes are closed. Try to hear the silence, to feel yourself breathing, to relax, accept one thought at a time and try to understand it.

Do this every morning and evening for as long as you can and soon you will feel the change. It can’t be described exactly but by meditating you will find answers and often questions you haven’t asked before.

New experiences

“Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Try new things, go to new places, meet new people. Each of these things can spontaneously give you an answer to your questions, ideas, new feelings and emotions.

Conquer your fears by doing what you are scared of and challenge yourself constantly in order to reach another level of living – where you will be connected to life and will really experience moments, enjoy every day and feel like you belong here.

Have a go at every sport and game, read all kinds of literature, speak with people from different cultures and eventually you will find that one thing that will give meaning to everything else. Just never stop searching, experiencing and discovering.

Love

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“Love is the strongest force the world possesses and yet it is the humblest imaginable.”
Mahatma Gandhi

True love is another way to find what you are looking for. You may feel love towards your family, friends, pet, yourself, nature or anything. It doesn’t matter as long as it’s in its pure form, where you would do everything to help the one you love.

This feeling opens new doors for you, your mind experiences other emotions as well and gets you closer to revealing the secret of life.

Writing

“I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.”
Robert Frost

Some may think it is irrelevant to compare writing to love, but I would say that he hasn’t really experienced this process.

They are different ways of finding similar things.

By writing we speak on behalf of our imagination, we travel the world through words. For some it’s therapy, for others – something that keeps them alive, but however you feel about writing, you still haven’t revealed all it has to give us.

Give it a chance.

Sit down in a quiet place and try to write. Write down everything you think, the things that happened to you lately, your dreams and plans, or just write without purpose.

Eventually you will realize that your words are starting to make sense and you may even feel the effect of meditation – understanding new things about yourself and your life.

These are just 4 ways that can help you connect with your inner self and reveal the secret of life. It’s not an exact science and there aren’t any rules. Try them and if they are not your ways continue exploring other methods. If you look inside yourself, one way or another you will find something. And it will be astonishing…

What are your ways of finding the secret of life and answers to all the existential questions?

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4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Mental Health 20

4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Mental Health

While most people pay the most attention to their physical health and work hard to achieve a healthy body, they often overlook the potential mental health issues that may have been well tucked away.

Understanding and paying sufficient attention to your mental health issues is an action that should be prioritized in every situation. What could seem like the simplest mental health problem to you might actually be affecting your life in more ways that you can imagine.

Here are just a few reasons why you shouldn’t ignore the signs.

1. It Is Way More Common Than You Believe.

You might think that mental illness is not present in many situations but the truth is that almost everyone has or is facing such an issue.

In fact, one in five Americans suffers from some type of mental illness. The saddest part about this though, is that very few of them seek treatment.

The person affected by the illness can even be one of your family members. Sadly, symptoms are easy to hide and even people who are severely depressed can mask their health issues from their families and avoid getting help.

2. It Can Also Affect Your Physical Health.

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It is known from a long time ago that the connection between the mind and the body is strong. Any sort of physical distress can have a huge effect on your capability to work or focus on things around you. Following this same rule, any sort of mental problem can easily affect your physical health too.

The first few things that a mental illness will affect are your mood, energy levels, sleep cycles, appetite and quite possibly your sex drive. Along with these problems and as a result of them, your immune system can also be affected and that can lead to more often colds and an overall impairment of your physical health.

People who face mental illnesses are often left unmotivated and drained of energy.

The illness blurs your mind so much that you have no energy left to function properly in your everyday life. Ask any person that has faced a major depression and they will tell you just how much they let themselves go and how they stopped caring about simple everyday things, such as brushing their teeth or taking a shower.

Physical symptoms won’t take long to appear and you will simply keep increasing your risk factor of a number of health problems such as heart disease or heart palpitations, insomnia and fatigue. It is very important that you ask for help if you feel such symptoms arising. Make sure that you consult a board-certified practitioner to be certain that a mental problem is not the cause of them.   

3. It Plays an Important Role in Your Success.

One of the most frequent symptoms of a mental illness is the lack of motivation. You just feel so tired of everything, you find that you are not interested in what others are doing and you just end up losing interest in things you used to love.

The lack of mental health can, therefore, play a huge role in your success. No matter if you are a college student, an employee or a working parent, you can easily lose sense of what’s important to you and hinder your success in whatever role you might have.

In whichever situation you might be, you will definitely need to be able to be creative and productive. Your success in your studies or your workplace might be your only source of stability and income.

An untreated mental illness can be the reason behind your reduced productivity, your lack of creativity and your overall negative attitude towards your work.

Keep in mind that a large number of homeless people are those who are suffering from a mental illness but sadly left it untreated.

Looking for help and letting the mental health professionals guide you can take a lot of weight off your shoulders. It can help you see things from a different perspective and give you the courage and motivation you need to get back on track and find yourself again.

4. It Can Affect Your Relationship with Your Peers.

Most people who face a mental illness find themselves intimidated by social situations. Even spending time with friends or family can seem like a very tiring or pointless task and they will often opt out of it. It is important to remember that this does not apply only to depressed people, as many might think, but to a large area of mental issues.

Anxiety disorders can alienate a person from their circle because of the constant fear of something going wrong, of someone not liking them or of an overall new situation. It is very common for the solution to your mental health issue to be holding the key to you getting back your behavioral health.

Mental illness can also affect your relationship with your family.

Apart from losing contact with people you probably care about, you might even end up harming them more than you think. It is not rare to see a person struggle both financially but also emotionally when it comes to helping family members that are battling mental illness.

Another very important reason to not take your mental health lightly is for the sake of your children. It is very often reported that children of people who struggle with a mental illness are abused or neglected. That can play a huge role in their lives and affect their entire lives, from childhood to adulthood.

Make Your Mental Health an Everyday Goal!

There are many places to turn to for help. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, otherwise known as NAMI, can be a great place to start. Through it, you can find a suitable medical center that will provide you with the suitable health services to help you regain your mental health.

It is important that you are not ashamed of your personal struggles or mental issues. Everything is part of the human nature and the fact that there are so many people available to help comes to show just how human this situation is and how much attention we, as a society, should be paying to this important issue.

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Leona Henryson is a professional writer and passionate blogger. Her goal is to help people achieve their personal self-development and mental wellness.