A colleague recently brought up the fact that mental health was not a focus growing up, but it really is coming to mainstream now. Unfortunately, a lot of the dialogue around our minds is similar to how we have approached our bodies – to hack it.
I used to LOVE the word “hack” but I am starting to have a love/hate relationship with it.
I love finding quicker and better solutions to problems. But the idea of hacking certain things leaves me feeling gross – particularly our bodies and minds.
Why do we need to be hacked? What caused us to be suboptimal? And what are we being hacked for?
Ultimately, so we can be more productive and keep this machine called capitalism in motion.
We push our bodies and minds to produce, to churn, to create for “the man” but what if we aren’t meant to produce the way that the system wants and needs us to? What if we are NEVER meant to do so because our bodies and minds are not created or designed the way that is needed by a capitalist system?
Instead of hacking, how about we honor our bodies and minds. We honor each season of life that we are in, and we ebb and flow with them. We get to know ourselves. Get acquainted with our abilities, however big or small, and do what feels good for each. We work to undo the trauma that has been inflicted on our body and mind to get to the root of who we are. We heal that inner child and undo the damage incurred by growing up in our society.
Then, maybe we can be whole.
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