To be supported is what we always aspire for, consciously or unconsciously. In nearly every aspect of our living, if there is support, our lives become much easier to live.
Some of us are fortunate to be supported by families, siblings, friends, employees or even employers. It doesn't matter in what areas of our lives, having good support is always a blessing. Financial support eases the burden of borrowings or loans. The availability of good friends addresses our difficulties in times when we need support. A loving supportive relationship, on the other hand, provides us with someone to rely on when we have no one else to turn to for solace. Generally, having supportive conditions make life less stressful, reduce unnecessary suffering and also enable wishes to be fulfilled.
Closer to home, having good health is indeed a welcomed support. It enables us to do things or go places with ease. It also reduces our dependence on or burden to others. And to have good health we also need to have the support of right information with regards to the kinds of diet or exercise we need to take so that we can make the right choices.
Another important area which we seldom notice in terms of support is our mind's health. A healthy mind free from stress is a boon indeed. Yet, more often than not, our minds are challenged by ill-will, dissatisfaction, unforgiveness, judgments, fear, worry, unhappiness, depression or even panic attacks instead. Not that we do not have happiness or even joy, but often, it is the unwholesome minds which pose a challenge to our well-being daily. And we would usually conclude that we are stressed because of not getting the support that we need externally. But is that truly the cause?
What about considering it from a new paradigm? Due to our ignorance of how our own mind really works, we unknowingly misuse it and because of that we have to suffer from mental distress, instead of wholesome mental experiences? And when we do not realize this reality we make others the target of our stress, through judgment, gossip, blame, fury or even attack?
Just as we need the body to work at its optimum performance by supporting it with appropriate nutrients and exercise, if we need our mind to work optimally, we also need to know how the mind works so that we can support its good health as well. Our attitude towards our mind and body matters. Only then do we deserve the full support of their optimal performance. And only then, will the mind be able to respond wisely and not just easily overreact in whatever circumstances we may be faced with, including when our body is faced with the inevitable.
What if there is another reality – a science of how our mind works – that we do not yet know? What if, by understanding our minds deeply, we are able to navigate life more joyously irrespective of the changes or challenges experienced outside of us? The journey begins with awareness or mindfulness, with wisdom into the workings of our minds. A compulsory learning which each of us would have to undertake sooner or later which would finally solve the mysteries of our own minds and ourselves.