What do we all seek as human beings, but yet have no idea of how to obtain or preserve it? It is the feeling of being spirited, where it feels good to be alive. In the Osashizu, there is the following:
On your long journey, you have sunny days and cloudy days, rainy days and windy days. You have all sorts of days. From this, understand. If you try to settle things by allowing the mind to have spaciousness and openness, then things will settle. January 14, 1895
Sunny days are when the mind is spirited, and the other days are when the mind is depressed. But how do we obtain this spirited mind? Some seek it by ways of wealth, power, religion, education, and even drug and alcohol. But even if it is partially obtained by these material possessions, there is no lasting effect and depression often returns.
I believe that when expand our minds to think about others, our minds will become spirited. I remember a religious person asking me what the difference between heaven and hell was. He said that there was not much of a difference. In both, there was plenty of food and a giant fork. In hell, everyone was emaciated and unhappy because they were having a difficult time feeding themselves with the giant fork. But in heaven, everyone was happy and healthy because they were feeding each other with the giant fork. This is only a story, but it brings the lesson across that helping each other brings upon the feeling of spiritedness.
When depression occurs, sometimes drugs and material possessions may help you mask these moods; but for a lasting solution, begin to help others, and look beyond yourself or your immediate family and friends. Let your mind have spaciousness and openness. The world is our family.