|▲ Many guests who appeard on the TV talk show "Healing Camp, isn't it pleasant?" opened their heart and shared their thoughts or worries.|
In the past, people paid attention to well-being which focused on eating healthily. Well-being was magnified as a response to physical health problems to environmental pollution and western dietary habits. On the other hand, the objective of healing places the focus on psychological and mental problems. It is obvious that contemporary people need consolation and healing of mind.
There are some reasons why healing fever is booming. According to the survey of mental illness conditions in 2011 conducted by ministry of health & welfare, among persons of 18 and above, 5.2 million people experienced mental illness more than once in recent years. However, people who are under pressure and feel too uncomfortable to go psychiatric hospitals are turning to healing cafes, healing travel, and healing books, etc. Also, in the age of limitless competition, modern society pursues maximization of efficiency, productivity and outcome, so material affluence has become more important than human health, as far as many people are concerned. People who have to survive in this competition suffer from stress and want to get healing.
University students also feel the burden of so much stress. One Dongguk student said, “We, university students, need healing as well. I have so many worries and I am exhausted because of finding a job, my grades, getting a good TOEIC score and other certificates. I think that I didn’t spend my summer break wisely, so I feel the futility and feel heavy with worries. When I am lost in these thoughts, I often try to read healing books which can console me. But, above all, I want to talk with someone. Even if my worries don’t get solved, it is good enough to heal me with someone who listens to my talking.” Healing is no longer for members of society. Student and even children need healing.
As healing fever has swept across Korea, various healing industries began to develop. Healing industry is a new kind of industry which provides peace and rest for people who are tired of frustration, anger, anxiety and solitude that comes from an affluent but unhappy society. In the healing industry, there are healing cafes, healing music, and healing houses, healing books, etc. First, healing cafes provide a comfortable space and health-restoring tea. In addition, a psychology consultant helps people pour out all their troubles. Second, healing music helps people find peace and stability of mind. Also, with sound of nature like the song of birds, wind, and water, it gives tranquility. In a healing house, people can rest in the areas which have a fine view and fresh air. Among all of healing industries, what people can access most easily is healing books. There are impressive phrases which move tired people.
Buddhist monk, Hye-min said in his book, “Objects in view, when you stop.”: “Love at every moment, happy at every moment. That moment gathers and becomes your life.”
Buddhist monk, Bubryeun said in his book, “It is okay to wander.”: “Whether you fight with difficultness for results now or you enjoy your life even if you face bad results later, it is all your choice. Never regret about the result if it is your choice. Regret makes your life fail.”
Buddhist monk, Jeongmok who graduated from Dongguk University said in his book, “Snail is slow but, it isn’t late.”: “If the mind is not in the present, you cannot be happy. Past makes obsession and future makes people worry. While you cannot forget the past and worry about the future, how can you be happy? Happiness comes when you stay bodily in this moment. Smile and live. Smile keeps people awake in present.” These phrases of healing books can console people.
Healing fever, isn’t it an SOS of the contemporary people? Although the healing fever is everywhere in society so that it may even encourage people to believe that ‘you are really sick,’ it is still undeniable that everyone needs at least some consolation. Depending on different situations and symptoms, there are various ways of healing. It is good to heal yourself and make your life more meaningful. Don’t be hurt. Be a wise person who can heal yourself.
Do you need healing as well?
Sim Su-ji firstname.lastname@example.org
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