“The Answer is… Pez!”
Everybody has problems, and everybody looks for answers. This is the human condition. I have a certain faith in humanity, and believe that if there were a magic bullet solution to suffering, it would have been discovered by now. The best I’ve seen has been through mindfulness, but that’s no panacea, of course. It’s just one approach.
Some people go for therapy, others for chocolate, and sometimes these things work. How long they last is anybody’s guess, but there is one thing that has to precede any prescription for change, and that is desire. That is, if the desire for change is there, then any manner of things will work, and work quickly. Taking long hikes is the cure-all, if you believe that taking long hikes is the cure-all. If you don’t, then you get blisters and nothing more. Jumping up and down and yelling, “Booga booga booga” for fifteen minutes a day is another option, and again, you’ll either feel better, or feel stupid. It could be pez, it doesn’t really matter…
The good news is that we all have whatever we need already. It’s already within us. It’s part of our survivalist nature, our ability to do what we have to do when we need to do it. It’s hardwired into the brain, and is the energy that keeps us going through the roughest patches of life. What we lack, perhaps, is the skill to use it to its fullest means, or, dare I say it, a little mindfulness about its presence within. At any rate, the answer is already there. Look no further than your belief in yourself.
This faith needs to be cultivated, of course, but it’s there. I have it. You have it. The guy who can’t hold down a job has it. (Amazing how he always finds another job, isn’t it?) And if this sounds like a chapter from a “Be the Best You!” book, so be it. I don’t really care what it’s called. I just know what works.
And I believe it.
For the Mineralava Musings, this is Edoardo Ballerini.