Day NINE: April A-Z Blogging Challenge 2015 : Mental Health Awareness — layers and nuances
Insomnia and Isolation:
A good night’s sleep is one of life’s primary requirements, something often taken for granted. If you want the day to be full of verve, you need to have slept peacefully in the night. No one knows the value of this better than the person suffering from insomnia or sleeplessness. While an overactive mind is the primary cause for insomnia, there are often emotional causes too. Sometimes traumatic events in life lead to depression and one of its symptoms is sleeplessness. You keep obsessing about events, reactions, responses and ‘what-ifs’. The mind goes on and on in a loop and before you know it, it’s morning and time to get up! Sometimes you might have depression and you may not even be aware of it, for this is not a topic to bring out in ‘polite’ conversations where social masking ( the ability to put on different masks and hide who you really are, in order to ‘fit in‘ ) is akin to multi-tasking in the ‘normal’ world ! No, you just don’t or can’t talk about not having slept without getting weird looks and knowing smiles with one or two sarcastic remarks thrown in. Why dig your own social grave, you think and remain quiet. This then leads to isolation. You slowly begin to realise that there is more to sleeplessness than you thought. Being sleepy and sad does not win friends. In fact, you lose the few that you had! Actually it is good riddance, but you don’t know that yet. You have, without your consent, joined the dubious section of society termed as the ‘mentally ill’ (do NOT flinch). Here are some common symptoms:
- You might be in a crowd, but you feel extremely isolated.
- You see all these chirpy, ‘happy’ people around you and you can’t seem to join in. God, what IS wrong with me, you wonder.
- You may want to belong, to feel ‘in with the crowd’, but something doesn’t give. You might even fake it — trying to contribute to superficial conversations, boring topics, inane gossip and the like, but not for long. It is too exhausting
- You cannot bear hypocrisy and much of social interaction calls for this
- You withdraw into a shell, you stop going out,
- You become irritable, anti-social almost and the only remedy might be curling up in bed with a P.G. Wodehouse !!!
The INDIGO child:
All the symptoms mentioned above and many more that include high levels of integrity, dislike of obsolete systems and so on, fit in very well with a social group of individuals identified as the INDIGO group. So what has merely been termed as depression, being a misfit might have deeper roots. (WARNING: if you are extremely logical, have scientific pretensions and think all other points of view apart from the scientific-intellectual- materialistic to be inferior, then you can stop reading now. Au Revoir !)
As our planet moves into a higher frequency of vibration as witnessed in the several earth changes going on since 1999, manifesting forth as natural calamities, and also growth of awareness among humans as evinced by greater connectivity, openness, destruction of structures and systems, global cooperation, there is more and more evidence of special individuals born to aid this process of spiritual growth. This phenomenon was observed in the sixties and more so from the seventies onwards with the birth of children who showed several well defined characteristics, often and unfortunately mistaken as ‘mental illness’. These children were called the INDIGO children. This wave of the seventies, much like the baby boomer generation after the World Wars seem to be Nature’s way of assisting in the evolution of the planet. Here are some characteristics of these evolved souls who are veritable ‘misfits’ in society, but have a larger role to play in the scheme of things.