It would probably be fair to say than whenever you think about those who live the most spiritual lives and adhere to the most fulfilling spiritual teachings, visions of Buddhists and Buddha come to mind. This is no surprise as Buddhism is absolutely associated with an elevated understand and applying of wisdom, something that we could all do with in these stressful and anxiety inducing times, I think we can all agree! Here are ten lessons we can learn from Buddha to live a better life.
1. Actions Have Consequences
You do anything in life without first considering what it is going to mean for you and for those around you. Acting blindly might feel good sometimes, but you need to understand that every action has a consequence. It’s up to you to decide whether it is worth it or not.
2. Suffering Will Pass
No matter how bad you are feeling right now in this very moment, remember that it there is going to be a light at the end of the tunnel at some point, even if you can’t see it right now. Trust in the journey and trust that pain is only temporary.
3. The Value of What You Have
Don’t focus on the things that you don’t have, but rather focus on the things that you do. A life can be wasted if it is spent bemoaning rather than rejoicing, so try to flip your perspective and attitude.
4. The Power of Mindfulness
You need to treat your mental health in the same way that you treat your physical health. Practising mindfulness is the perfect way to stay in tune and in touch. It will help you to become a much more positive person.
5. The Art of Forgiveness
It takes up so much more energy to hold a grudge than to to forgive. Treat people the way that you would like to be treated if you make a mistake, and work on forgiving and forgetting rather than holding anger and resentment inside.
6. The Spirit of Compassion
Buddhists believe that we are all connected to one another in spiritual ways, and so showing compassion to everyone you meet is an easy way to keep a pleasant and positive equilibrium.
7. Living Responsibly
Live within your own means and be responsible with regards to things like the environment. The world is going to be here long after you have left it, so leave in as good a condition as you can.
8. The Power of Giving
The act of giving is so much more satisfying and gratifying than the act of receiving. Focusing on the giving aspects of your life leads you to being a much more humble and selfless person rather than selfish.
9. Words Matter
Be aware of the effect and power than your words can have on people around you. Once things are said, they can rarely be unsaid, so just be mindful of the energy that certain words can create.
10. Follow Your Own Path
Nobody ever did anything original by being a follower. To achieve the most success and happiness in your own life, you need to follow your own path, not just walk down one that has already been walked down by millions before.