I was reading this book ‘Man’s search for meaning’ wherein I stumbled upon these beautiful words. These deep thoughts are resonated by the 19th century German philosopher and psychotherapist, Friedrich Nietzsche.
“He who has a WHY to live for can bear almost any HOW.”
The Meaning of Life:
So, apart from earning money or raising your family, what else is the WHY of your life?
What brings meaning to your life?
The meaning of my life, as I have realized keeps on changing as I evolve. A few months back the WHY of my life was to spread the magic and teachings of Vedanta. That was and still is my WHY. But now it is added on by newer WHYs- one of which is bringing emotional solace to people who are suffering, using not just my skills as a doctor but also using the mysticism that I have experienced in the last few years. This is now the new WHY of my existence.
Your WHYs don’t vanish, they simply get evolved into newer ones. Your WHY is like a small seed; with each passing year, it grows and branches more, as you keep evolving. This WHY is a dynamic version of your inner growth.
What is your WHY? Think about it. Sometimes such soul searching questions help in removing the cobwebs from your mind and refreshes you into making newer plans or perhaps water some old ones.
“Such widespread phenomena as depression, aggression and addiction are not understandable unless we recognize the existential vacuum underlying them.”
-Viktor Frankl (Man’s Search for Meaning)
About the Book:
I would like to recommended this book ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’ to every person who reads, and to all age groups above 14 years and especially those who are suffering a deep emotional loss or struggling with depression, anxiety or stress. Viktor Frankl, an Austrian psychotherapist who suffered at the Nazi concentration camp wrote this insightful book.
The first part of the book is about his experiences at concentration camp. This is the first book I have come across that describes holocaust experiences in an objective tone, devoid of any bias or judgment. The second part of the book is about logotherapy or existential therapy that talks about psychotherapeutic soul searching and catharsis that can help one come to terms with life and its accompanying suffering. It’s a small but intense book, that will help widen your perspective in life.
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