Once during routine check up, my dentist told me that I was damaging my gums myself due to self inflicted brush injuries. Then he explained me the correct brushing technique.

During World War II, there are many cases where soldiers had been punished for creating self inflicted wounds.

These examples shows that at times, either due to ignorance or to escape from the situation, (rather than facing it) we become our own enemy.

As far as ignorance is concern, we have experts and well wishers guiding us. If we are open (minded) for suggestions, we may correct ourselves sooner or later.

But when we use ‘self pity’ as a tool to escape from the situation/scene, it is not a healthy decision. We are taking undue advantages from the system/society.

Have you ever faced similar situation or know someone who is doing that by playing victim to draw attention?

Hurting self may seem an escape route from immediate problems but is not a healthy lifestyle. For sometimes, it may get social acceptance. But it may not be too often and for long time. Persistent attempts may lead to suicidal tendencies and need medical help.

Why people fall in this trap after all? It is because shifting their full attention to the immediate problem(s) and its probable ill effects. Rather than thinking and acting to find solutions to the problems they are entangled in the problems only. The problems are blown out of proportion in the imagination of mind which acts as devil in this case.

What can be done to safeguard against such temptation? It is the realization of insight that ‘problems and situations’ are the part of life. There is no escape route in the life time. Facing and accepting the challenges are the best course of action.

Therefore, never think to hurt your self. Love thyself and enjoy life.

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