Cultivating a life of awakeness is what the Buddhists believe in doing on a regular basis.
It is a following that has grown the world over, and whether you embrace all of the lessons, or sutras, from the Buddhist’s ways, even incorporating some of them into your life will help you live a more full and meaningful life.
The idea of “waking up” to one’s own life is a wonderful thought and what’s even better is that we all have the ability within us to “wake up” and change our lives for the better.
Here are 9 lessons from Buddhist beliefs that can help you build a better life for yourself.
Lesson 1: He Watches and is Clear
When you open yourself up to see the world around you, you can live a more full and rewarding life.
Most people go through the day-to-day without ever considering there is more to life than the 9 to 5 and Netflix on the weekend.
Looking past what is right in front of us helps connect us to our spirits and the meaning of life.
Lesson 2: Love Conquers All
There’s no question that it is easier to be nice to someone that it is to be mean to them.
When we treat people with dignity and respect, we feel better about ourselves and the world we live in. While it might not be reciprocated, you can only control what you put out into the world.
Lesson 3: Do Not Quarrel
Being angry is not a good way to spend our short time on this earth. Forgive and forget, learn and grow from your experiences, but don’t carry the hate with you. You’ll be better for it.
Lesson 4: Be Free From Judgement
It’s hard to imagine a world without judgement, but it is possible for your to hold your judgements until you have all of the facts and information to make a decision about a person, place, or thing.
Don’t believe everything you hear and choose to decide for yourself when you have all of the information.
Lesson 5: Live Fully
Humans like instant gratification, but there is much more to life when we have to earn our rewards.
Don’t take the escalator, take the stairs. Don’t buy the sofa with 12 equal payments, save the cash and then purchase it when you can afford it.
Lesson 6: Overcome the Negative
Leave the negativity on the doorstep and be open to forgiveness so that you don’t waste your life fighting with others or being angry because of others.
Accept the responsibility for your own feelings and work to move past the anger so you can live more fully.
Lesson 7: Awakeness
Buddha believes that when we let go of all that is holding us back in our lives, we can live more freely and find our spiritual path to benefit beyond this world.
Lesson 8: Choose Your Words Carefully
Think before you speak, because you can’t take those words back once they have been sent out into the world. Would you rather impart joy or inflict pain with your words?
Lesson 9: Monitor Your Thoughts
Our thoughts lead to our words, so thinking before we speak can help us deal with a great many situations and feel more profound and open because of them. When we think negatively, we act negatively. When we think positively, we act positively.
So whether you start incorporating all or some of these lessons into your everyday life, you’ll find that you’ll be more engaged, aware and grateful for the world you live in. And you’ll be happy knowing that you are making it a better place for you and everyone else.