His Holiness, the Dalai Lama has a model of intimacy based on a willingness to open ourselves to many others, to family, friends and even strangers forming genuine deep bonds based on our common humanity. I doubt you need to be a Buddhist to understand this. In His Holiness’ book, ‘The Art of Happiness’, He explains that, ‘If what we seek in life is happiness and intimacy is an important ingredient of a happier life, then it clearly makes sense to conduct our lives on a model of intimacy that includes as many forms of connection with others as possible.’ (p.84)
I took a leaf out of His Holiness’ handbook for living when I decided to publicly share my interest in mental health and create The Babyfacedassassin book, blog and website, trusting that by connecting with kindred spirits through writing, cyberspace, inbox and blog, I would strengthen my bond with humanity and contribute to a greater cause.
That connection is now more palpable with this year’s Blog for Mental Health 2014 project, designed to link-in bloggers who think writing about mental health is a worthy contribution and who want education about matters of the mind, heart and soul more accessible than ever.
So I have made this pledge:
‘I, C.C. Myers, The Babyfacedassassin, pledge my commitment to the Blog for Mental Health 2014 Project. I will blog about mental health topics not only for myself, but for others. By displaying this badge, I show my pride, dedication, and acceptance for mental health. I use this to promote mental health education in the struggle to erase stigma …’
… and voila! I am instantly connected to a web of wordsmiths who are passionately writing about their personal and professional experiences of mental health care. Together, in this bridging of online, intimate exchange, the world softens and hearts empathise with the universal suffering of the plague of ‘mental illness’ infiltrating our race, and together, we are doing something about it.
Interested to read more stories? Scan the 2014 Mental Health Blogroll and realise instantaneously how common are the challenges we share.
Inspired to blog with the mental health masses? Jump on board the project and make your mark this year.
Because mental health IS everyone’s concern, and by acting on our concerns we enact our compassion. In an epoch when technology makes intimate exchange more readily available, we can experience our connectivity through the search at our fingertips and take our findings into our homes and our hearts, and, as His Holiness concurs: ‘That [human] bond can become a source of consolation in the event that you lose everything else.’ (The Art of Happiness, pg.31)