Is mental health the world's most urgent crisis?
In a period defined by unprecedented stressors, societal pressures, and the rapid digital age, it's a question we can no longer afford to ignore. The COVID 19 pandemic has only heightened the urgency of addressing this critical issue. The statistics are staggering, reflecting a global mental health crisis. According to the World Health Organisation, depression is the leading cause of disability globally, with over 264 million people afflicted. Additionally, over 700,000 lives are tragically lost to suicide annually.
In the midst of this crisis, there is hope to be found in ancient practices like the Abhaya Mudra, which is the premise of Lladro’s Protection Mudra Sculpture . A mudra, in the realm of spirituality, is a sacred hand gesture used to channel and direct energy. The Abhaya Mudra, in particular, holds a special place as it symbolizes fearlessness, peacefulness, and protection.
Buddha statues are often depicted in the act of performing the Abhaya Mudra, like in the famous Tian Tan Buddha statue in Hong Kong.
The hand, with its open palm, is an invitation to release fear and courage within. This getsure serves as a powerful antidote to anxiety, instilling a profound sense of balance and tranquility for those who aodpt it. By reducing anxiety, enhancing emotional stability, and fostering a deep feeling of security, the Abhaya Mudra offers a transformative path to inner well-being and peace. As we navigate the expeditious and often stressful modern world, embracing practices such as Abhaya Mudra can provide a powerful tool to nurture mental health and find solace in inner strength.
The significance of self love and self care has never been more paramount for humanity.
This is the fundamental idea that served as a framework for designer Jaime Hayon in his creation of Embraced. It is not merely a sculpture; its a profound embodiment of the practice of self-care and self-love. As Hayon beautifully articulates, “it represents to perfection the idea of looking after yourself”. In the gentle yet powerful clasp of the figurines arms around itself, we find a reflection of care and compassion that can make a world of difference to those dealing with mental health challenges. It urges us to move away from the notion of needing to rebuild ourselves entirely or start from a blank canvas. Instead, it encourages us to embrace our authentic selves and extend that same care to one another.