To be at peace is to be free of disturbance; to be, or feel, tranquil

To be at peace is to be free of disturbance; to be, or feel, tranquil

From a discussion on Facebook that generated a lot of interest and comments:

Here’s an idea…let’s try talking about emotional health instead of “mental illness”. Let’s start teaching emotional awareness and resilience instead of teaching “symptomatology” and symptoms management. Let’s start seeing ourselves as human beings with issues instead of “consumers” of services. Let’s focus on learning to meet life on life’s terms instead of teaching the wounded that they can’t handle life. Let’s practice self-discovery instead of the idea that we will live “in recovery”. Let’s help those who suffer to make sense of their suffering in the context of their experiences instead of telling them their experiences don’t matter, they are diseased, disordered and defective. Let’s eliminate the models that tell us there is no hope for healing and focus on finding hope to heal our lives and thus – our world. #musings

Many who commented on this original post are those who sought out help in the current medical-model/mental illness paradigm and found it to be lacking. The idea of self discovery over living in recovery and managing symptoms appealed to everyone in this conversation. What do you think about changing the current paradigm to one that validates the struggles of those who suffer without the need to make something “wrong” with them? How might this idea of a new paradigm have helped you along the way in your own journey? Could you make this change for yourself without having to wait for the system to change it?
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