Well, do you mind your mind?
What I mean is, how are you making meaning around your life and the events in it?
As a social worker, I have always been greatly concerned how the context of our lives affect our spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical bodies. Over the years I have become increasingly aware of the inner context that plays off our life contexts (how we make meaning of what happens to us) and how very much more important that is.
Check out these two minds and the two ways they make meaning.*
1. Person number one: Lives an Ok life. His/her friends and family members are present and healthy, he/she has a good job and enjoys a life of political freedom. However, this person lives in great fear that he/she is vulnerable, anxious that something bad is coming. He/she focuses on deficits rather than abundance.
2. Person number two: Lives in a context of great hardship, experiencing poverty, oppression, and significant loss. However, he/she understands that the soul cannot be harmed, and feels happy seeing and appreciating the small bits of beauty in life: laughing, sharing, and loving more on the account of the hardships.
Who is suffering more? How would you like to live?
*These aren’t the only two possibilities.