7. The importance of your food
So many people seem to mindlessly eat, not really appreciating where their food comes from or it’s importance. In Buddhist meditative practice, being aware of your nourishment plays a great role in mindfulness and contemplation.
You will learn to transform your relationship with food and see it’s nature as being precious.
We must see the food before us, on the plate, as a great thing, greater because we learn to see beyond something being given to us or prepared for our nourishment and pleasure. We have to take the time to understand all the factors that allowed us to partake of the food.
Only then will we have a healthier relationship with food and offer gratitude and respect for the balance of our lives.
8. Giving is natural
When you think of gifts, you might reflect on Christmas or Birthdays, but those gifts aren’t the important ones. Some of the most important gifts are given on ordinary days when we just feel like being extra kind to someone.
There is a deep understanding of Buddhist wisdom and beliefs about giving. The nature of giving is the constant cycle of giving and receiving. Looking at giving in this way helps us find peace within and understand more of the world around us.
We have natural gifts, such as love, our presence, and compassion.
9. Keep the ego in check
The ego is the biggest obstacle in the way of us fulfilling our purpose. When you are getting in touch with your spirituality, the ego will try to divert your attention to other petty things. We must learn to ignore this negative voice.
The objective of the ego is to take you away from your spiritual ground. It likes to convince you that you are a separate being. This sort of attitude is more than just negative, it can cause issues with you and others who know you.
It takes time to put the ego in its place, so no worries. The ego has been with us and part of us for many years and will not be an easy parasite to pull away. If you are able to untangle your ego from your mind, you will realize your life at its best.
10. 3 poisons
We are imperfect humans, and with that imperfection, we have vices that keep us bound. These vices are opposites of love, compassion, and joy. However, there is 3 most powerful among these vices, and these are the main culprits that hinder your growth.
These 3 poisons are responsible for all your pain and suffering. We can sometimes recognize them as one collective being. Not to worry, it’s normal to become sick with these poisons at some time in your life.
It’s just how you deal with them that matters. When you do see them surface, don’t panic, just see them for what they are and make plans to eliminate them from your life.
11. Conscious living
We, as human beings, should pay close attention to the way we live and operate. This means we shouldn’t get involved in selling harmful things such as guns and drugs. But, it means much more than that as well.
When you’re making a living, you should do so for two principles: You should conduct the type of business that brings you peace and you should also conduct business that brings others peace. This is what matters.
Thich Nhat Hanh mentioned,
“The butcher isn’t a butcher only because he decided to be, but because there is a demand from people for meat to be neatly packaged and made available for them to be purchased from supermarkets.”
If you follow in Buddhist wisdom and come to a realization about your work, you can begin to alter your livelihood. Only you can make the decision to make these changes. Remember, seek peace and happiness by all means.
12. Without attachments
Buddhist wisdom states that being unattached does not mean abandoning family and friends, it just means having these things without attaching yourself to them. This also applies to working and building a home, all these things are material and can change over time.
This helps you accept and understand impermanence.
A Zen student in Japan may de-robe and return to the modern world with a new viewpoint on life. For a while, he may give up attachments in order to gain a better view of his life. Then, when he returns to the masses, his outlook will be greatly changed.
He will have a new outlook on how to approach emotional issues. And this doesn’t mean that you should not feel emotions deeply. Being mindful while allowing those emotions to seep in is the objective for the best life results.
When emotions have been allowed to make us feel, we can then start the healing process, without any obstacles blocking our path. Buddhist wisdom has taught us these 12 principles so that we could shake off the darkness and find our path to true Enlightenment.
By Sherrie H.