Plato said that the unexamined life is not worth living. I’ve always thought this a somewhat harsh assertion and I doubt that anyone with a roof over their head and enough to eat goes through life without ever wondering what it’s all about.
There is probably, though, only a small number of us who feel really at ease with ourselves. Most reasonable people live with a degree of self-doubt, discomfort and dissatisfaction and wonder what they can do to improve their lives and themselves.
There are all sorts of ways to attempt to dig oneself out of what can feel like a mountain of unhappiness; psychotherapy, re-birthing, past life regression and other methods of self-evolution. Having tried some of these over the years, I have, as will be no surprise, settled on the daily chanting of mantras as the most effective tool for lasting inner transformation.