The extraordinary rise of suicide and depression amongst young people under 25 years old over the past ten years is shocking and sad. Some reports say that 1 in 8 young people in developed countries have suffered from significant depression in the past year. The need for resilience is undeniable.
What is needed is a more grounded worldview, and the acceptance that life is challenging and unpredictable. Trying to cancel misfortune and difficulty with wishful thinking is not a winning strategy. Instead of trying to erase misfortune and unwanted change, learning how to deal with it is of great importance.
We all need a realistic view of life. Life is tough but that doesn’t have to mean it’s depressing.
But the ultimate foundation of resilience is a spiritual perspective which is founded on the knowledge that I am an eternal spiritual being residing within a temporary material body. Identifying with the body as being the self can only bring unhappiness, but discovering my true identity and nature is just the opposite.
I gave a few quotes from the Bhagavad-gita to contemplate upon:
Bg. 2.23 – The soul can never be cut to pieces by any weapon, nor burned by fire, nor moistened by water, nor withered by the wind.
Bg. 2.24 – This individual soul is unbreakable and insoluble, and can be neither burned nor dried. He is everlasting, present everywhere, unchangeable, immovable and eternally the same.
Bg. 2.25 – It is said that the soul is invisible, inconceivable and immutable. Knowing this, you should not grieve for the body.