The Bhagavad Gita Text
The Bhagavad Gita is an ancient yogic spiritual text that uses an expansive story to teach better mental health through connection to purpose and Divine assistance. Lord Krishna teaches the warrior Aujuna, how to navigate his mind. Arujuna will have to fight a battle he doesn’t want to, and possibly spill the blood of family members to win a kingdom.
Unlike Arjuna, we will probably never have to gith such a battle, but we all have and will continue to experience inner turmoil. The Gita uses Arjuna’s turmoil to help him explore duty, non-attachment, love, and knowledge. My yoga practice really changed and became more fulfilling when I realize that yoga is not so much about toning up the body, but about calming my mind. Achieving the Yogic state of mind is the ultimate goal.
Here are the 4 Tips for Improving Your Mental Health from the Bhagavad Gita:
- Be Yourself; “It is better to do your own duty poorly than to do another’s duty perfectly”. Each of us must discover our purpose and align with that purpose. Embrace your quirks. They are gifts.
- Do Without Expectation; “Renounce the fruits of your labor”. The pursuit of a goal can be practiced with surrender and love rather than anxiety. Enjoy the journey.
- Practice Moderation; This one is about finding balance. “For one who is moderate in food and diversion, whose actions are disciplined, who is moderate in sleep and the waking, yoga destroys all sorrow”.
- Meditate; Meditation is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your mental health. “The practice of meditation frees one from all affliction. This is the path of yoga. Follow it with determination and sustained enthusiasm”. Start with 10 minutes a day. Close your eyes, breathe, and watch your thoughts. Every day. Sit there. Keep at it.