7 Life Lessons We Can Learn from Buddhism Part 1
Our thoughts, words and actions become our reality.
“If a man speak or act with a good thought, happiness follows him like a shadow that never leaves him.”
Buddha believed in the power of words and thoughts. He believed that what we think and how we choose to act will greatly affect the way we feel, and even our fortune. I’ve been trying this mantra for the last few months and it really changed my life. Instead of wallowing in despair about my meager paycheck, I thought of ways that I could earn some extra cash. I familiarized myself with my finances, got to know both the good and bad points and made a plan on how I could change my negative net worth for the better. Just by deciding that I didn’t want to be poor anymore, I saw the change happen in the next few months. I got a better-paying job, stopped buying designer coffee and found a suitable roommate to share rent expenses. Although I am nowhere near my goals yet, I can say that I am on the right track.
Changing the way we think and act is one of the most powerful tools that we can use to better our lives. It opens new possibilities and allows us to see the world in a positive light.
Give yourself some good lovin’ every once in a while.
“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
For some reason, self-indulgence is seen as a negative trait by many of us. On first glance, self-love may seem a bit narcissistic and selfish. But, as Buddha said, we need to find ways to show love towards ourselves too.
The reason for this is that we give so much of ourselves to our causes and our loved ones. We spend hours taking care of our friends and family, making sure that their needs are met and exceeded. We give our talents to professions and passions that give meaning to our lives. This constant outward flow of energy may mean that our internal reserves may run out. This is the reason why we need to find time to do things that enrich us too, whether it’s a monthly massage or a cozy weekend with your favorite book.
Remember, don’t feel guilty about indulging yourself once in a while – you deserve it!
Sharing is happiness.
“Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
If you ask 10 people on the street about what they want in their lives, more than half of them would probably say something about happiness. In fact, we spend a considerable amount of time and effort on finding happiness, only to find out that it doesn’t reside in money, success or material possessions but in helping others find their own happiness.
It may seem counterproductive, but sharing our blessings with other people can increase our own happiness exponentially. Do you still remember the time when you shared your lunch with a new friend in school? For many of us, this simple act was the start of a great friendship. Splitting a sandwich brought us happiness through a good friend.
Be more generous. Share yourself with others!