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In this busy self-serving world, where the technology is distressing our brains, people are growing more and more impatient, anxious and irritable. Everyone seems to have an existential crisis unable to get out of a loophole of unbalance in their present, past and future lives.

Nowadays nobody cares to live in the present, they are rather busy seeking answers in the past or are too much concerned about making a better future.

Buddha was a philosopher, mendicant, meditator, spiritual teacher, and religious leader, born in Lumbini, Nepal in about 567 BCE. His teachings are discretely based on one’s suffering and ending of the suffering‘.

Some of the teachings of Lord Buddha which can help today’s generation recollect themselves to be wiser and have a happier life are:

1. It’s Okay to Start Small

Every Flower you see blossoming
was a seed in the beginning.

Every exclusive company you hear of; any celebrity you see; And the successful person you admire have something in common. Although this might be difficult to assume, the thing is that most of them started from total scratch.

Apple’s first computers were built in a small garage in California. Google’s first headquarters was a 2,000-foot  garage at Menlo Park. Lady Gaga started her first performance in the Lower East Side Club.

And yet we want a huge start of anything we aspire to do.

As the saying goes,

“A jug fills drop by drop.”

Obviously, Every Great work is a result of the small consistent effort of someone. This is to correlate with the fact that starting small doesn’t matter if one can put such efforts consistently.

2. Thoughts Become Things

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him.
If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him,
like a shadow that never leaves him.”

You are likely to end up in the situation that you create in your mind. If you stand with a bright attitude, even the most difficult situations & complex issues can be reasoned out effortlessly.

According to MayoClinic, Positive thinking also helps with stress management and can even improve your health.  Indeed, some studies show that personality traits such as optimism and pessimism can affect many areas of your health and well-being.

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3. It’s Your Actions That Count

“However many holy words you read, however many you speak,
what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?”

They say “Talk is cheap,” because it is. It doesn’t matter what you know, if you want to achieve something, you must act; you must act accordingly. Greatness & Success comes for everyone, but only those who are ready to do the hard work. Fate may sometime be in your favor but most of the time, it’s your doing that aligns your fate to your liking.

We have deep desires yet we don’t want the work. When painting we want it to be like Picasso’s; playing a game we want to end up with the highest score possible; thinking of a startup, we want it to yield a million-dollar in the first week. We only want the bright shiny benefits that hard work yields but not the work itself. The logic is straightforward, you want something to happen, you put on consistent effort accordingly.

4. Seek to Understand

Stephen Covey once said, “Seek to understand first, then to be understood.” Easily said, very difficult to do; you must labor to understand the “other” person’s perspective to understand them.

Our natural tendency is to jump right into the conclusion or dive right in the conversation to rub off our opinion that being said is inappropriate. The right thing would be to listen first; understand the scenario than only have your opinions on the table.

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5. Conquer Yourself

“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours.
It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.”

He who can conquer himself is greater than the mighty. To conquer yourself you must conquer your mind. You must control your thinking. Your thoughts cannot be tossed ‘to and fro’ like the waves of the sea. You may be thinking, “I can’t control my thoughts”,  the answer is if a thought comes, it comes.

To that, I say, “You may not be able to stop a bird from flying over your head, but you can certainly stop him from building a nest in your hair.” Dismiss thoughts that are contrary to the life you desire to live.

Lord Buddha said, “It is a man’s mind, not his enemy or foe that lures him to evil ways.

6. Live in Peace

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”

Don’t look for something that can only be found within. Many times we distract ourselves from the reality we know is true. That reality is that peace can only be found within.

Peace is not a new job, peace is not a new car or a new spouse; peace is a new perspective, and that new perspective begins with you.

Consequently, This teaching of Buddha will help you live your life easier with peace.

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7. Be Thankful

“Let us arise and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little,
and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick,
and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.”

There’s always something to be thankful for. Don’t be so pessimistic that for a moment, even a split moment, you fail to realize the thousands of things you have to be thankful for. Everyone didn’t wake up this morning; some people went to sleep last night for the last time. In essence, There’s always something to be grateful for, recognize it, and give thanks. Thus, A grateful heart will make you great!

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8. Be True to What You Know

“The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.”

While we know a lot, but we don’t always do what we know. If you fail, it won’t be because you didn’t know; it will be because you didn’t do what you knew to do. Work to do what you know to do.

All things considered, Don’t just consume information, ponder on thoughts that are conducive to what you desire.

For this reason, Lord Buddha tells one should perceive knowledge relevant to their goals in life not for other sake, consequently freeing the mind for a peaceful happier life.

 


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