Is it surprising that there is a startling increase in major depression among teens in the United States?
Do you want to know the truth?
Is anyone paying attention to the mental and emotional states of our children?
Is the material world driving us crazy? What is going on in the world?
Is it working for you? Are you finding meaning in what's happening all around you? Are you doing anything to protect yourself and your children from being bombarded by fear and negativity?
Do you have a mantra or way to protect yourself?
Your beliefs – your values – are they congruent with what the world is telling you? Do they jive? Have you even taken a second to stop to consider how you're thinking?
How are you feeling? What about your kids, have you asked them lately ?
The world is suffering from anxiety. The outside world, the powers to be, wants us to be unhappy – actually they are capitalizing on our fears and anxieties. Unhappiness is big business; it's great for sales.
Have you asked yourself whether or not the values of the material world are resonating with your true nature? Do you care that greedy advertisers do not give a shit about you? Are you feeling nourished? Do you feel cared for?
Addiction is what happens when we are out of touch with the needs of our inner self. As kids, we are in tune, aligned, simple, and carefree – up until we bought into a false system.
I'm sure you read the newspapers, watch t.v., listen to the radio. Mainstream media is full of mental health issues, full of addiction and mental breakdown. This is reality t.v. It's what sells. It satisfies our addictions.
Unfortunately, mental breakdown is not an issue reserved soley for the rich and famous. Our children are addicted, anxious, unhappy, and suffering. We're all stuck so trapped in our heads, paralyzed, too fearful to face our hearts. It's easier to criticize and judge the world; it's keeps us from having look at ourselves.
We are striving to emulate the stars . . .instead of thriving by allowing our light to shine brightly!
According to The Happiness Industry, William Davies states that “Strongly materialistic and competitive values lead to higher levels of mental distress." Addiction and mental illness are front and center in a world that values the material. Our true nature rejects this – we're not in harmony with the values of our inner self.
We are spiritually sick.
Would you care more if I told you that teenage mental health is in a state of crisis? Would it help to know that the rates of depression have soared in the past 25 years, they have increased by over 70%. How is that? Deregulation of the financial industry has helped consumerism go out of control, causing more and more people to feel flat out unhappy because the things that appear so enticing just aren't. The stuff on t.v., consumerism everywhere, is choking us,. We work, we get all the “stuff.” It gets dangled in front of us and we must have it. Advertisers prostitute their “stuff” but it's just not making us happy. Our addicitons for fast cars, fast food, and the lifestyles of the rich and famous just aren't nourishing us spiritually. They can't.
Psychiatric conditions among children have doubled since 2009. Wow. That's not so long ago. In the past three years, hospital admittance for the number of kids with eating disorders has doubled. We are medicating ourselves to sort ourselves out because the material world, the social world, can't do it for us. Fear predominates and fuels our emotions. We all feel the same stuff. And it's up to US to do what makes us feel better. How you want to "see" things differently? Are you tired of feeling stressed out, overwhelmed, and unhappy? Have you asked your kids how they're feeling lately?
What do you want? Do you want fear or love?
Our material culture is devoid of humanistic values. How do we find kindness and love? Is that computer going to love us? How about that coca-cola? Nothing external can fulfill us. Nothing! Capitalistic, consumer drives, are in it to make money!! That money comes at our expense. It's making the rich richer and us, the consumers, anxious and depressed.
Are you satisfied yet?
You want out? Well, you better be prepared for it. Are you mentally strong enough? Are you willing to feel better? Do you want to pull out? Are you realizing it's meaningless? Do you want to take action before you snap or are you waiting for your kids to snap first?
Ready to tap out, to travel a different road?
You need more convincing?
Let's get the facts straight: The American College Health Association surveyed 100,000 college students at fifty three U.S. campuses and found a whopping 84% of U.S. Students are unable to cope and more than half are experiencing overwhelming anxiety.
People who told you it would work, well, they're benefiting off of you.
Is it working for you? Are your values jiving with what your inner self needs? Did you even know that you have an inner self? Have you forgotten that you were once a little kid? Where did s/he go? Aw, too bad, the world made you forget. Remember that kid, the one that was happy with an ice cream cone? That kid who could spend hours skipping stones, riding bikes, playing outside until dark?
Unfortunately that all got cut off when we drank the cool aid. Somewhere along the way we felt forced to march to another's drum. We bought in. We sold out. We drank it and started believing the mantra, “Go to a good college, get a good job, get a bank account, get a car, get married, have a few kids, work, work, work, buy, buy, buy.” Well, how's it feeling? Is it working? Who's vested interest are you so busy keeping running? If it doesn't feel right, it's not. What's it all about? Who are we trying to impress? What are we trying to prove?
We are all suffering – individually and collectively. How do you know if you are suffering or going crazy? It won't reassure you to know that mental health funding has fallen. The number of nurses has fallen.
Mental health – what's it based on?
Most mental health goes untreated. Only 50% of young people are getting any treatment. Most mental health problems in teens go untreated. Phobias and anxiety are among the worst. Funding is being slashed. Addiction is a mental health issue that is making all of us sick.
As consumers, we are endorsing a system that is making us sick. What are we going to do about it?
Change begins with each of us. The world is crazy. We live in a mad world but in order to see it differently, we must act differently. Albert Einstein taught us the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Are you ready to live differently? What are you willing to do about it?
Love is the cure-all for our fear; self-love. Self love means forgiving ourselves for accepting what the world's been telling us. Self love requires checking out and checking in for taking time to rest and nurture ourselves.
Prayer is easy to do and it works. If you don't believe me, try it! What have you got to lose? Things can't get much worse. The world already has you at your knees, so take advantage of it, stay down there a little bit longer, it only take a few moments to relax, breathe, and pray.
Won't you join me? Let's start spending time together, once in the morning and then again at night, to simply re-focus, reflect and recognize our gifts. Let's notice what's good in our life -- what is working. Let's count our blessings . . . Let's cultivate an attitude of gratitude.
We can encourage our kids to do the same. We can teach them to open their hearts with our example. They will feel calmer, less stressed as we start feeling calm, centered. We can all enjoy the finer things the world has to offer us. But first we need to find balance. The world will consume us when we are without a higher Power -- it will eat us up and spit us out. If we could devote as much time with mindfulness and prayer as we do mindlessly spending, we'd amass our spiritual fortune instead of being in such spiritual debt and distress.
Just a little time spent daily, for creating stillness, for opening up and allowing ourselves to listen to what our hearts are sayng can show us the way to listen to and uplift our children. Let's help ourselves and each other by tuning in to hearing the Divine whispers within. Life can be so joyful if we would allow ourselves to do what we feel rather than do what we thnk we need to do.
The right way is not discovered with the mind -- but needs quiet time in reflection, in introspection: to search, to ask, to slow down and to "check in" with our hearts. True love resides abundantly within. Once you feel it, there's ample room for helping others feel it too.
Psalm 23:1-4 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Hebrews 13:5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”