World Mental Health Day
Your mind can do almost nothing, when you are in a state of unconsciousness; or if one is in a state of ‘coma’. Reflected consciousness, which is the essential ingredient and energy source for our mind, which in turn makes our visions, our dreams come true through intelligence, memory, ego, and mind. Consciousness helps the power to grow or realize anything and source power to the mind just as the sun graces to the moon.
“The powers of the mind are like the rays of the sun, when they are concentrated, they illumine.” – Swami Vivekananda
The human mind is one of the most powerful tools known to mankind. With an immense capability to do almost anything, taking care of this “power” is more than just a choice, it becomes a necessity. Today, as we celebrate the World Mental Health Day, it is high time we pay a great deal of attention to mental health and deal with the stigma surrounding it.
From several calamities around the world to the COVID-19 pandemic, these past months of lockdown and loss has taken a toll on all of us, making it all the more crucial that we start prioritizing mental health. Mental health does not always mean problems such as loneliness, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, etc. Even something as common as stress from work, studies, examination phobia, etc.; can affect our mind adversely and needs to be attended to. As per Vedanta, should you wish to reach a higher state of peace, contentment, happiness, and have no shortage in life; you are required to do things ~ anything ~ some things ~ These are:
- Service to others. A Great Monk Swami Ranganathananda says, “ When I close my eyes, I search for God within. And when I open my eyes, I ask, what can I do for you”?
- Listen, read, ask questions to understand, reflect and meditate.
- Have faith in your own soul, in God.
Right from tiny babies age at VKE, we have always prioritized spiritual health above everything else. Understanding spirituality takes you across to great inner peace and a happy state of mind. With a session of meditation and prayers every day in the morning, we start off our children’s day with a fresh mind that is all powerful and fully focused for the rest of the day. Our belief in the power of Vedanta and incorporating it has allowed us to shed light on inner peace and imbibe spiritual values.
Mental health has come a long way since October 10th, 1992 when the first World Mental Health Day was observed. We have certainly evolved significantly as a society and have slowly started realizing the importance of helping other people, the next person, the neighbor, the guy in front, to help elevate the happy state of the mind. However, we still have a long way to go. But together, we can achieve it. Let us take one step closer to creating a society without a stigma surrounding mental health. All we have to do is to start with one small step. A simple act of kindness.
On this ‘Mental Health Day’, let us take a pledge to be compassionate with everyone, help each other, and share our joy and happiness to live together in harmony and ‘make this world a better place to live’.
World Mental Health Awareness Day: Increased Investment in mental health is the need of the hour
Raising awareness about mental health is more important than it has ever been in the past. The COVID-19 pandemic has bought a time of uncertainty and chaos in everyone’s lives. Many businesses have faced shutdowns and others are forced to downsize their staff in desperate attempts to keep their businesses sustainable. This has led to an exponential rise in psychological problems and stress related issues. Increased investment in mental health is the need of the hour. This year’s World Mental Health Day is on 10th October and its campaign focuses on increasing investment in mental health.
Victorious Kidss Educares has always been conscious about well-round development of its students and staff. VKE has always taught the importance of spiritual wellbeing is the matter of utmost importance. VKE has imbibed the spirit of Vedanta philosophy into its teaching pedagogy. Vedanta shows us a way to lead a peaceful and fulfilling life. The Vedanta path is illumined by the light of truth. Vedanta teaches us to practice meditation every day to keep our soul, body, and mind healthy. On this mental health awareness day let’s all imbibe the spirit of Vedanta and meditation into our lives.