Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental Health and Wellbeing

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In this podcast Satpal Sigh explores how Gurmat spiritual wisdom can enable mental well-being when dealing with the daily struggles of life through transcendence of the sense of self. We rely on your donations to be able to produce and share Sikh Spirituality content. Please DONATE today at http://www.nanaknaam.org/donate

Podcast on the nature of Happiness & Sadness covers

* Common myths

* Causes of suffering/sadness?

* How can I overcome my pain?

Myths we live with

* We cannot help moving between these two feeling as it is a normal & healthy part of life

* Pleasure is better than pain

* Pain and pleasure are independent opposites and not linked to each other

Gurmat tries to create conscious humans – actively aware of their thoughts, so the goal is

* To reach a neutral state of bliss to all circumstances and situations in life.

* Constant tranquillity or ‘sehaj’ (not the same as excitement or happiness)

* Is this possible – yes, this is how you should judge/asses our own progress.

Causes of suffering

* Desires (I want = I don’t have)

* Ownership

* Body-mind identity

* Ownership of possessions and people

* Delusions of permanence

* Death – we say things like “I lost my father”

* Control

* People should act how I want them to. Everyone acts according to his or her own conditioning.

Solutions

* Choose not to focus on the negative

* Suffering and anger continues as long as you keep narrating the same story to yourself

* Your mood immediately changes when someone calls or rings the doorbell

* Music is an instant mood-changer.

* The past is not your reality now

* “I cannot change past but I choose happiness now”

* Be impartial to everything

* Don’t prioritise pleasures over suffering.

* All pleasures received in the past have faded, leaving you wanting more (so pleasures lead to desires and suffering)

* Don’t judge anything or anyone’s actions as good or bad

* In hukam there are only occurrences

* These labels only reflect how they affect us.

* Predict unpredictability

* Let go of expectations

* Expect the unexpected

* Anticipate and get comfortable with the ever-changing nature of reality.

* Treat Praise and Criticism equally

* When you are criticised – think about how that can serve you? (Fareeda burrai da bhalla kar)

* Live in gratitude and grace

* Focus on what you have and not what you don’t have

* ਦਸ ਬਸਤੂ ਲੇ ਪਾਛੈ ਪਾਵੈ ॥ He obtains ten things, and puts them behind him; ਏਕ ਬਸਤੁ ਕਾਰਨਿ ਬਿਖੋਟਿ ਗਵਾਵੈ ॥ for the sake of one thing withheld, he forfeits his faith. ਏਕ ਭੀ ਨ ਦੇਇ ਦਸ ਭੀ ਹਿਰਿ ਲੇਇ ॥ But what if that one thing were not given, and the ten were taken away?

ਤਉ ਮੂੜਾ ਕਹੁ ਕਹਾ ਕਰੇਇ ॥ Then, what could the fool say or do?

* Start to use the ‘Thank-you’ mantra

* Treat each moment as a gift

* Bahuta Karam Likhiya Na Jae, Vadda Daataa Til Na Tamaee – Japji Sahib

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