Ever heard of Transhumanism? Me neither until today when I switched on the radio to hear the most jawdropping conversation.
Transhumanism:- The belief or theory that the human race can evolve beyond its current physical and mental limitations, especially by means of science and technology.
According to American transhumanist, journalist, entrepreneur and futurist Zoltan Istvan, the likelihood of humans existing only as pure data-with no physical body on the cloud is very real & closer that we think. According to Istvan – as we approach death,
Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. They include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives.
Alarmingly, however, 70% of children and young people who experience a mental health problem have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.
Just stop for a minute to consider the above research by a professional mental health body in relation to 21st Century children – our children.
Fortunately or unfortunately as the case may be, my generation is one in which children went out to play in the morning and came back in the evening, too exhausted to think about being depressed. Don’t misunderstand me, my family were poor working class with my clothes always second-hand & discipline dished out where necessary. But in terms of mental health, it wasn’t even an issue growing up and I certainly don’t recall any of my childhood friends having mental health problems, the way children do now. So I find myself asking ‘what’s wrong with the world today?’ Could it be the advanced levels of technology we now have? where virtual friends are many and real face-to-face conversations practically non-existent? Or could it be, because children no longer need to use their mind to do anything? Let’s face it, with online spellchecking & auto correcting, online calculators
What is MIND? Where is it located? And why does it cause so many problems? I don’t know about you, but I love blogging. Seeing what others write about & what interests them. Yesterday I came across a blog that really got me thinking more about the mind.
Psychologists, Therapists & Psychiatrists all concerned with mental health, refer to the mind as often being disturbed or out of balance etc. Of course that’s their profession – to better understand the mind and treat mental health problems. Yet, if the most skilled surgeon on the planet disected our body (including the brain) I guarantee he/she wouldn’t locate anything resembling mind. Naturally they’d be able to locate the brain because its tangible, but they’d never locate what’s known as mind. On the other hand, we in the West take shed loads of prescribed medication to balance the mind So I guess today’s dilemma is this….
How do you personally define the mind & if it can’t be located anywhere in the body, how can it be responsible for so many mental health problems?
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This is exactly what I’m doing now! This is my experience of reconnecting when all hope seemed to have gone. When things seem tough, when you feel you can’t move any further and all energy has gone – surrender. It worked for me & I know it will work for you!
Did you ever wake up not wanting to face the day? There’s nothing particularly wrong but you just feel out of control?
Thats what happened to me this morning. Last night I went to bed early, slept well snuggled up to the love of my life but this morning, I woke with a sense of forbearing. An awful feeling, something terrible today is going to happen. My energy levels are low, & I don’t feel like doing much of anything at the moment – so guess what? I’m not going to. I’m listening to my body and staying under the duvet for as long as I need. No point racking my brains for a solution to a non existent problem. There’s also no sense in getting up, and throwing myself into things when I don’t have the energy. Well meaning people say “Get up & go for a walk you’ll feel better” but I don’t actually want to. This morning brought me to the realisation, nobody knows my body better than I do. Nobody can tell me what’s best for me. Which is why this morning, I feel no guilt about staying in bed. This experience has also made me realise sometimes things happen for absolutely no reason at all, and when they happen this way we must just relax and move with them. There is nothing wrong with me, but if I see a problem, I’ll begin to fight and therefore I’ll face a battle that may become an unnecessary war. For me, peace means so much more.
Did you ever have one of those days? What did you do?
The western world – a hub for mindfulness, meditation and all things mind related. But what is the mind? And where is it located? Let’s debate!
In today’s fast moving societies where targets and deadlines dominate & our economic situation is constantly changing. It’s no surprise people are trying to find ways of quieting the mind, to manage stress and deal with every day life. It’s true we talk about it every day, but even if the most skilled surgeon on the planet cut open our head and body he/or she would not find anything that resembles mind. So where & what exactly is the mind?
The stillness of snow, oh how the mind falls silent, calm and peaceful.
A while ago I wrote about life on the 17th floor, the sunsets like an air bound fire, the fear through the eyes of others & so many shades of green – even the greatest of artists would be envious. Many a physician will die of old age before finding a more powerful sedative – a more potent relaxant. Looking out onto blankets of white, any signs of anger, stress, depression pale into insignificance even if it’s only slightly. Tomorrow maybe the joy will return fully with a multitude of colours visible from the 17th Floor.