Mental Health and Mysticism
With the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, anxiety has become a mainstream ailment. No matter where in the world you live or what your lifestyle looks like, anxiety is probably looming over your head all the time. You probably got so used to feeling anxious that you decided to accept it as a part of your life.
But mental issues are not supposed to be taken lightly or brushed off as if they are the new norm. Fortunately, though, we are seeing many people who are changing the stigma and shedding light on the importance of mental health. Therapy and meditation top the list when it comes to improving mental health.
However, there is another interesting approach that not many people are talking about and that is mysticism. Using mysticism or tapping into the world of spirits can be such a powerful tool in impacting mental health.
If you would like to learn more about this intriguing topic, continue on reading the below as we dissect the relationship between mental health and mysticism:
What is Mysticism?
Mysticism is often used interchangeably with magic. Although there is a direct link between these two elusive terms, they are not the same thing. Magic refers to the use of rituals and spells to invoke supernatural effects that can have an influence on real life.
Mysticism on the other hand can be described as spiritual practices that can help one connect to the divine and other parallel realities in order to call on more peace and harmony into their lives.
How Can Mysticism Be Used to Affect Mental Health?
As mentioned earlier, people who have special powers and experience with the practices of mysticism argue that there are a number of ways by which mysticism can treat modern-world mental problems.
Below, you can find some spiritual ways to help you with your stress, depression and anxiety:
● Try Visual Travel
If you wish to remove yourself from the stress of the daily grind, you can try this visual traveling technique. The idea is to take some time off to travel inwards and find a place within where you feel safe. To do this, choose a cozy spot in the comfort of your own home and take a few deep breaths then close your eyes and try to let go of any thoughts that might hold you back.
A lot like meditation, this technique requires tons of practice before you can reap its full benefits. However, you have to be intentional about getting better in order for this to happen. With time you will gain control over your mind and you’ll be able to shut off any anxiety triggers to enjoy a better mental health.
● Talk to the Friend in the Mirror
For skeptical people this might sound a little out there. However, this is a very good method to tap into your mind and process its troubles. Find a place at your home where you can comfortably stand (or sit down) in front of a mirror and talk to yourself.
According to Matt Beech from www.mattbeech.com for this to work, pretend that you are talking to your best friend and start having a real conversation. Like most people, you are probably harsh on yourself. Your tough self-judgment and inability to fully accept yourself have a huge impact on your mental wellbeing.
Whenever you experience mental fatigue, look in front of the mirror and give yourself an encouraging pep talk. You will be pleasantly surprised by the results.
● Create a Soul-Enriching Routine
Many of us go about life without giving much attention to our souls and what makes them happy. If you want to enjoy better mental health, you have to honor your soul and acknowledge its existence. Create a routine that is not built around the mundane To-do list full of chores and activities. Instead, try to find more meaning in daily activities like making your bed or sitting down for dinner.
Even if you will be doing the exact same activities, just by redefining their meanings you will be putting yourself on the right path to healing your mind. A great routine can look like this:
- Wake up early and make your bed with an intention to feel the blessings of the new day.
- Sit still for a 10-15 minute meditation to warm up your mind and get in the zone.
- Prepare a nourishing breakfast to fuel your body which you love enough to provide with the best food options.
- Do a 30 minute workout to wake up your muscles and prepare your body for movement. A gentle yoga flow or a bief Tai Chi session will give you the mental and physical space to take on the day.
- Get some work done. This is a tricky part of your day, as many people report that their jobs are the main anxiety trigger they have to encounter everyday. In order to avoid feeling the same, change the way you see your job as a chance to use your mental and cognitive abilities in new ways for a greater good. Otherwise, it’s always a good thing to rethink your career and reevaluate your choices.
- Wind down and do something that makes you feel content. Be it a good book or an outdoor walk that can prepare you menatally to closing off your day.
- Turn off all screens and follow a sleeping routine. You can keep a gratitude journal and practice some breathing techniques to surrender your body to sleep.
Every minute of every day, aim to be present. Occasional feelings of despair and restlessness are inevitable, however, you shouldn’t give in to them and live an empty life. Make it a goal in your life to be present in everything that you do.
Focus on finding something bigger than yourself to direct your energy and attention towards. If you will be trying any of these methods, start with this one. You will be fascinated at how much power your mind has over your life.
The first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word mysticism might be unnatural. However, if you think about it, many aspects of our daily lives seem to be unnatural themselves. Even if you don’t buy into the existence of the metaphysical world, it doesn’t hurt to keep an open mind. Everyone is different, try the above techniques for yourself and see where they will take you.