I live in Northern India and we have just had two days are very cold, driving rain. One of my students, Arun, looked out of his window and saw a young man sitting under a tree. He was soaking wet and shivering. (more…)
How can we make our life more meaningful and live it responsibly? One way is to start each day by contemplating the following points:
- 1 – my life is special and so I should cherish it and use it to help others. If I cannot help, I should at least not harm anyone.
- 2 – all my happiness and sadness are impermanent, so I won’t hold on to them as though they were everlasting.
- 3 – my actions have consequences, not in another life, but here in this life. So, I should act skilfully by being mindful of my actions of body, speech and mind.
- 4 – my attachment to this life brings me discontentment. So, I should try to let go and see life as an every-changing thing.
I believe by spending 10 minutes a day on contemplating each of these points, you will start to live a more enjoyable and responsible life. The best time to contemplate these points is in the morning before you start your day. This will ensure your day gets off to a good start and your mind is in a positive place.
These points are not religious or dogmatic in anyway, so you don’t have to be a Buddhist, or even religious, to make these contemplation’s a part of your daily routine. try them!
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