My Story Of Beliefs

Beliefs : The Earth Is Not A Sphere

Do you hold beliefs like the world is a sphere?

If yes then congrats. You have correctly learnt this belief that is although scientifically proven is still only a belief.

What you need to understand that this belief is not real. It is just a belief, a thought that someone else handed to you.

If you are honest with yourself, you will understand that to really live a full life, you need to disregard beliefs are live from experience.

Experience is more important than beliefs. It is not enough to just belief someone else’s words. For example, if you really distinguish between stuff that you genuinely experienced in life and stuff that you believe, then you will find out that most of what you hold true, is only just a belief.

Watch My Video

So in this video I have shared my story of how I understood that beliefs are not real. Although I said that beliefs are not real, if you believe me in this as well, you are actually believing instead of experiencing. So just watch it and think and experiment with it instead of believing it.

Watch the video and comment what you think about beliefs.

They are false, not real, even if they are scientifically backed, if you don’t experience its truth then it is still just a figment of your imagination, a belief.

What Are Beliefs?

Belief is a strong thought pattern that has emotional charge to it and it governs your worldview, actions, emotions, thoughts, speech, relations.

Most self-help schools think that changing your beliefs is enough to achieve success, but they don’t tell you that the happiness that you truly want cannot be had by changing your beliefs but by being present and annihilating them. It is also common for people to fight over their ideologies and dogma because they are personally identified with them. They think their beliefs are the truth. Most of the time they are about God. Although most people don’t have an experience of God, they will go to great heights to defend their ideas about God. But that just shows how identified they are with their ideas. They also consider them to be the truth.

The solution is not to fight with counter beliefs, which is what philosophy does, but to annihilate them by being present.

The Solution

Being present is what will lead to real happiness and freedom from thoughts. It is the only way to ensure that we don’t hold beliefs are real. To do this we need to practice being present. But that topic is for another blog post.

Right now we need to realize that no belief is real. I already gave you the example of the earth being a sphere as a belief. But there are more of them that need to be looked at and annihilated with your conscious presence.

So watch this video to listen to my story and then comment here what you think beliefs really are?

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Mind: 3 Interesting Things About The Mind

We know that when we walk on a dark path and step on a rope, we would think that we stepped on a snake. Although it is an illusion, it shows us that the mind creates meaning that is not true.

The mind is a meaning creation machine. It is also about you and how you are related to the world. Without the mind there will be no beliefs, thoughts or religion.

The mind has both positive and negative features. But it’s all about how we use the mind. If we use the “bad” features for constructive things, they become less “bad”.

Let’s dive into the 3 interesting things about the mind:

  1. Mind creates meaning
    We already talked about the rope example but the mind’s functions are more complex than that.
    When we meditate, we focus on one thing, but when a though comes up we bring back our focus on the one thing. But when we get lost in the thoughts, most of the time, if not always, the thoughts are about our lives. Not only that but also we are deeply emotional about them. We react to them until we become conscious that we are lost in thoughts.
    Now you may be thinking,”But there are thoughts that are not related to me.” Yes I agree, there are neutral thoughts that seem to not be about us but is it really not about us? What about it is not about us? Every meaning is about us. If 1 plus 1 equals 2, then that may seem like a neutral thought but if we look deeper we find out that the 1+1 does not “equal” 2 but 1+1 means 2 to us. 1+1 means nothing except what it means to us. We created the math “1+1=2” as a way of generalizing and reusing this form of counting in other math operations.
    But even before that counting was invented by man who probably used counting to keep accounts, manage people, craft, travel, etc. Who is this counting for? Man’s convenience.
    Also the learning of counting was also created as a result of avoiding pain and pursuing pleasure when we were a child. If we learnt it we were rewarded, if we did not we were punished.
    What I am trying to say is that the mind was created out of survival and selfish needs. Even every meaning or construct was created out of survival instincts. And what is a survival instinct about? YOU.
    The whole of existence is created out of us, our agenda.
  2. Mind is not important
    Where does creativity come from? Not the mind, somewhere else.
    The mind prevents us from thinking outside the box. Also all problems are created by the mind.
    The mind is not going to help us to become creative. It is also not going to save the world. The world is filled with problems which the mind does not even understand. It is not effective to solve real problems. You may be thinking,”If not the mind, then what?” The answer is something beyond the mind.
    Also problems are created by the mind. The mind puts meaning on everything and that’s the problem. The thing that the mind created is being labeled as a proble by the mind.
    For a minute close your eyes and observe what you are thinking. When thoughts come, ask yourself,”Are those thoughts really thoughts or am I giving them unnecessary meaning?”
  3. Don’t be limited by the mind
    What lies beyond the mind? Love, compassion, God, Being. These seem like abstract words but most of us have experience love. Is it not real? It is more real than what we see, hear and feel. It is not a thought. It is a state of being that the mind cannot create or grasp.
    Also the mind truly can’t understand reality. It can point out by it cannnot define what it truly is. It can use more words and synonyms but those are just words.

There are my key ideas on the mind and why we should not be limited by the mind.

If you liked this blog post, please share and comment, what is the most memorable experience that you had in life that is beyond the mind?

5 Ways To Use A Lockdown To Soul-Search?

I know that a pandemic lockdown comes with many benefits and demerits but it can also be good for the mind and soul. When we don’t have to travel or socialize, a lot of time is created in our day and we often don’t know how to pass time. Many people watch netflix and youtube but it is not always preferred. So some people will be left with spare time thinking about life and soul searching.

I will give you a few ways to soul-search.

First of all, we realize that we have been trying to cover our daily routine with a lot of work and even menial work but when we have no travelling and socializing to do, we become confused about what to do with our spare time. We need to realize that we could use the spare time to self-reflect and introspect and not just cover it up with Netflix.

So let’s start. These are the ways to soul-search-

  1. Reading good books and biographies about inspiring people
    Often in our daily lives we read a lot of informational and career related books but we forget the biographies and books that we genuinely enjoy reading. This pandemic is an opportunity to read great biographies and books we genuinely enjoy reading. This will put us near the mindsets of people who inspire us.
  2. Creating something beneficial and creative
    This is another thing that most of us don’t do when we are living life normally daily. We are sucked in by work but not create something that our inner muse feels great about. We can create blogs, art, experiments, etc. There are numerous creative outlets that we can show our creativity through.
  3. Thinking about our purpose in life
    This is huge. We can think. What could be more obvious than our free time to think about what we want out of life? This is an opportunity to think about what life can give us, what we can give in return, what we are truly capable of. All these questions can be thought about and we can get amazing insights through this questioning.
  4. Spending time alone with our self-
    This is an issue that we all have. Spending time alone is frowned upon in society but with the “social distancing” phenomenon, we are forced to do this and this is a blessing in disguise. I can’t stress it enough. We need to spend more time alone. The only reason why we don’t want to spend time alone is because we think that we will go crazy or think weird stuff if we are alone. We constantly try to escape being alone but that is not the solution. The solution is to be comfortable in your own skin.
  5. Getting to know yourself-
    This is related to the previous point. When we spend time alone, we start to get to know ourselves more. We can literally do a ton to stuff to know ourselves even more by- journaling. It can be tough for some people but when you start doing it you will love it. I personally hava dedicated daily planner that is called “The 10X Daily Planner” and I write my goals, targets, routine, quote of the day and daily successes every day. And it is fun to do it. It put’s me in touch with my deepest desires and keeps me organized and focused.

I can go on with this but that would be a variation and combination about the previous points. So it is not necessary. These are my 5 ways to use a lockdown to soul-search.

Please share this with your family members because most of us are home. If you are not, then share this with your friends as well. And also comment-What is your favourite way of soul-searching? What do you do with your free time?

Beliefs and Ideologies

Can people with different beliefs create the same results? Can they coexist? Can we have a shared reality with different beliefs? I aim to speculate on these questions in this blog post.

I have been observing myself and others through this new paradigm that I stumbled upon. What if everyone is living in their own universe and the laws of metaphysics are different for everyone’s universe because they have different beliefs?

People with different beliefs get the same results although their beliefs are different. A person who beliefs that an aggressive attitude shows results will achieve success with his aggressive attitude as much as the person who believes that smart allocation of resources will get the job done.

Both get the same results- the sale- but their states of beings are different. Both gain confidence in their methods and beliefs but they still hold conflicting beliefs.

Why does this happen? This was an example from business. Can it apply true to spirituality and religion also? Why not?

I know people who are atheists who are as successful as religious people. They may be equally happy. Although their beliefs may be different. Someone believes that they must eat only vegetables because their God said so. Someone else may believe they should be vegetarians because they have empathy towards animals.

So why do we fight for our beliefs? In the end, it’s all the same. The results and outcomes are the same. They don’t have to enrage ideological wars.

Why do we do it? I think it is because we are insecure. Have you seen any secure and confident person fight like chimps for their beliefs? No right?

Therefore we are living in the same universes but with different ideologies.

This was my blog post on beliefs and ideologies. Please share this with your friends and family members!

Why We Need Better Mental Health Services In India

Mental Health is a very important issue that we should all talk about. I say this for two main reasons- 1. For protecting the rights of the people who have mental health problems and 2. To break the taboo around mental health.
Here are the things that could improve the quality of our existing mental health services-

1. Insurance should cover mental health
“The Mental Healthcare Act, 2017, by making it compulsory for insurers to cover such disorders, took the first step to ease the financial stress.” “A hurdle for insurers is lack of data related to mental diseases and treatment costs that could help them access the risk. Without that, pricing becomes tricky.” “If mental disorders are covered as part of basic health insurance policies, overall premium may increase for everyone.” “The new law defines care as analysis, diagnosis, treatment, care and rehabilitation of the afflicted person.” (Bloomberg Quint)

“While government hospitals mostly don’t charge for it, Shetty said a single session with a private psychiatrist costs up to Rs 2,000.” “Cases not requiring a hospital stay are 27 times more than when a patient is admitted, according to a report by a panel on mental health constituted by the National Human Rights Commission.” “That’s why Kersi Chavda, consultant psychiatrist at Hinduja Hospital, suggests that an ideal mental illness cover should include out-patient expenses.” (Bloomberg Quint)

“The Indian government’s current health strategy referred to as the National Health Protection Scheme or Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY) – has a limited focus on and budget allocation for primary care through its investment in Health and Wellness Centres, and a much greater focus on and budget allocation towards providing health insurance for secondary and tertiary care.”(blogs.lse.ac.uk)

Although Indian Government is focusing towards health insurance, insurance companies are finding it problematic to access the risk due to lack of data and definition of the term mental illness (The Mental Healthcare Act, 2017) “The new law defines care as analysis, diagnosis, treatment, care and rehabilitation of the afflicted person.”

2. Breaking The Taboo

“People are quick to dismiss treatment for mental health problems as its results are not as tangible as for a wound being bandaged,” said Sharda. They, she said, are unwilling to spend on therapy of the mind as they would on a heart problem.”(Bloomberg Quint)

“As a result, a robust mental care support system is missing. The ratio of psychiatrists to population in India is worse than Nepal, Pakistan, Iraq and Brazil, according to the World Health Organisation’s 2014 data—the latest available numbers. Expenditure on mental health accounts for just 0.2 percent of the nation’s public health spend.”(Bloomberg Quint)

“My family refused to even address it as a health concern; they merely sent her to Mumbai for a change,” she said. “I haven’t told them about the counselling sessions. It’s looked down upon in our family.”(Bloomberg Quint)

It is not a surprise that in our country, India, superstitions and taboos are found in abundance but this needs to change. It’s not about religion or ideologies anymore. It’s about the mental health of living breathing people who are made of flesh and blood. It could be your brother or sister or mother or grandfather. Everyone is prone to mental illness to some varying degree.

It is similar to chicken pox or dengue fever or cough and cold. You don’t stigmatize the disease, you fix it.

“Roughly 30 km from Geeta and Jija’s house, in Kundi village, Bappu Rao Pinder, a cotton farmer bent and wizened with age, credits volunteer Surekha Vikhal Choudhury for teaching him to take care of his schizophrenic son.

“Eight years ago when Pradeep first fell ill, he used to lash out at his father, wander the streets at night and pick fights with people. Pinder took him to a local faith healer. He even sacrificed chickens on his instructions. When his son’s condition didn’t improve, he went to private clinics in Yavatmal even though the town was too far for regular visits for treatment.”(IndiaSpend)

“Like an ASHA, Kinake spends the first half of every day visiting families in Mangurda. Unlike an ASHA, however, Kinake doesn’t just refer patients to counsellors or psychiatrists; she counsels them herself when possible. “I tell families not to refer to mental illness sufferers as paagal (mad),” said Kinake. “I have to tell them not to laugh at them or get angry with them.”

Instead of paagal, villagers are taught to say ‘maansik tanaav’ (mental illness). The term “mentality ka patient” has slowly penetrated in villages scattered across the districts, chipping away at deep-rooted stigma.”(IndiaSpend)

“Moreover in villages and small towns, this was earlier considered as witch craft or a taboo, people hide it and let the inside demon kill them little by little every day.”(franchiseindia.com)

Again there is the issue of shame and embarrassment. We need to think about the mind in terms of a real thing that is equally prone to illness as the body. Just because we cannot see and touch the mind, doesn’t mean that it and its illnesses are not real.

3. Suicide prevention

“Over 15,000 farmers have committed suicide in Maharashtra between 2013 and 2018, an RTI data has revealed.”(Business Today)

“Baby Kinake, 39, did not recall anything odd or amiss in her husband’s behaviour in the days before he took his life 12 years ago.

“Her husband, Shatrugan, a cotton farmer responsible for a joint family of 10 members in the adivasi (or tribal) village of Mangurda in eastern Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region, showed no change in mood and spoke to everyone politely. No one, least of all Baby Kinake, had an inkling about the stress he was under that would make him, one day in 2007, walk to his fields and swallow poison, leaving his young wife to take care of their two children and their debts.

“It was only after Shobha Kinake, a volunteer health worker in Mangurda, started counselling Baby Kinake a few years ago, that she understood how hidden depression might have led Shatrugan to take his life. If she had known what to look out for, she feels, she would have helped him in some way.” (IndiaSpend)

Suicide is a very serious issue and I feel that the fact that it is affecting our farmers means that we are failing in our duty to India as a country and our mother land. India is seen as an agricultural nation and to hear that our farmers are committing suicide is a shame on our part.
Also suicide is related to mental health. It is not just the circumstances but a result of untreated mental illness.

“Mental health comes along with stigma which operates in society, is internalized by individuals, and is attributed by the health professionals. This ethics-laden issue acts as a barrier for individuals to seek professional treatment. The CIMBS study stated that 43 percent of the sample size had knowledge about a person with Mental Illness within in their family or friends, yet 35 per cent of people felt that mental health issues are uncommon, which suggests lack of awareness despite exposure.

“Similarly, 28 per cent of the sample size thought that suicides are not associated with mental health. While, India’s suicide rate-17.8 per 1,00,000 which is 70 per cent higher than the global suicide rate- 10.7 per 1,00,000. WHO estimated, in India, the economic loss, due to mental health conditions, between 2012-2030, is 1.03 trillions of 2010 dollars.”(timesnownews)

Ultimately it boils down to mental health awareness. And it is our duty to be aware of mental health and if we are not aware of it, at least we need to accept responsibility for our ignorance.

4. Improve Infrastructure

“In India, there are only three psychiatrists per 1,00,000 people, the total number of psychiatric nurses are just 0.04 per 1,00,000 people and much fewer psychologists. As per a recent study conducted in seven North Indian states by Cosmos Institute of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences (CIMBS) along with World Federation of Mental Health, it revealed that 26 per cent of the sample size (10,233 participants) reported no mental health facility within a radius of 50 km.”

“Psychiatry is an emerging field in India and anecdotal reports suggest that there are not more than 5,000 psychiatrists in India, which means there is just one psychiatrist for 200,000 to 300,000 people.”(franchiseindia.com)

5. Train more professionals

As Dr Harish Shetty, psychiatrist, LH Hiranandani Hospital explains, “With over one in eight people in India suffering from mental health issues and with a marginal number of qualified doctors, the demand for psychiatrists is growing. Since physical illnesses often lead to mental disorders, qualified professionals have good scope in India.” (franchiseindia.com)

Here are a few other reasons, which make this field very demanding:
1. Social awareness- “Many celebrities have opened up about their lives, when they had to deal with mental depression and anxiety, on camera.”
2. Increasing suicide rates- “Suicide is the second biggest cause of death in India, among those between 15 and 29 years (after road accidents for men and childbearing for women).”
3. Social Competitions- “There is competition in schools to come first in the class, to top the board exams, to get the best college, to get the best job, best life partner, to get the best of everything is what driving people to push their limits and before they can realize their time gets over.” People will need more mental health services and more trained professionals will be in demand.

6. Promote Mental Health Rights

“Considering issues related to mental illness, the Mental Health Care Act 2017 was passed on April 7, 2017, which came into force w.e.f May 29, 2018, thereby superseding the previously existing Mental Health Act, 1987.”

“The act effectively decriminalized attempted suicide which was punishable under Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).”(Business Standard)

7. Free Mental Health Care

“At the time when India is reeling under an unprecedented crisis in the mental health scenario, with around 13.7% of the population diagnosed with some mental health issue or the other – Dr Manoj Kumar from Kerala is giving a new ray of hope to economically backward patients who cannot afford quality mental health care, through Mental Health Action Trust (MHAT).”

“Mental health care should not be something which only specialists can deliver. Everybody can be involved in it. You don’t need to be a professional to provide mental health care,” says Dr Manoj Kumar. He insists that certain changes should be achieved to provide mental health treatment on a large scale to poorer people. “Firstly, treatment should be free of cost. Secondly, we need to make a transition from institution-based treatment to community-based care. We should shift the focus from medication to a complete recovery, and start actively including non-professionals as well.” Then only, he feels, a positive change can happen to the mental health situation in India.”(The Logical Indian)

It is because of visionaries like Dr. Manoj Kumar that the world progresses forward through Free Mental Health Care. In fact I think that Mental Health and every other health service should be free even if we don’t see that possibility sitting around the corner.

8. Community-based health care

“Vikram Patel helps bring better mental health care to low-resource communities — by teaching ordinary people to deliver basic psychiatric services.”

“In towns and villages that have few clinics, doctors and nurses, one particular need often gets overlooked: mental health. When there is no psychiatrist, how do people get care when they need it? Vikram Patel studies how to treat conditions like depression and schizophrenia in low-resource communities, and he’s come up with a powerful model: training the community to help.”

“This comprehensive work empowers healthcare workers in under-resourced and developing communities to build much-needed mental health care into all aspects of existing services.”- Amazon.com review of “Where There Is No Psychiatrist”(YouTube.com)

First, mental health is not over-reaction or over-thinking.
Second, we need to talk more about it.
Third, we need to become more aware of the things in the world that we don’t understand.
Fourth, we need to accept ourselves and the world as it is.

So this is my research on Why We Need Better Mental Health Services. Please comment how has this article changed your perspective on Mental Health? And do your part of showing acceptance for Mental Health.