Simple advice for mental health: pause and notice

 

There is often a harmony between ancient stories and modern psychology. Yesterday’s reading in the Catholic liturgy reminded us to “stay awake“. When the Buddha started to teach, he met some who,  recognizing something special in him, asked: “Are you a god?” He simply replied: “I am awake.”

So…. staying aware of what is around us, pausing and noticing –  not taking small things too seriously or getting submerged in the worries of this Monday –  seems to be related to psychological health.

Goethe gives us a simple practical way :

A man should hear a little music,

read a little poetry,

and see a fine picture every day of his life,

in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful

which God has implanted in the human soul.

Goethe

2 thoughts on “Simple advice for mental health: pause and notice

  1. This is the perfect message for me this morning. Thank you!
    It confirms too, what I read last night from Le Milieu Divin by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.
    He writes of something more complex, but with the same message as your Blog today.
    Every thought, word and deed – as well as every sound and view we take in, from the world around us, becomes more of who we are…
    Discernment is key.
    “In each of us, through matter, the whole history of the world is in part, reflected”

    Blessings, Ashtara

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