His words are needed now more than ever. Gautama Buddha, whose teachings led to Buddhism, is said to have lived 400 years before Christ. But after all this time, his beliefs still make sense, providing needed hope in a world starving for it.
“There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.”
Today, millions are searching for happiness. They’re looking for it on a screen, in a relationship or somewhere in the future. But it’s not a destination. It’s the journey – the journey of life the way it was meant to be.
“Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.”
Take a chance. On you. The chance that you will succeed in your hopes and dreams. We will die happier in the knowledge that we at least tried to do the things we wanted to do. The greatest sadness is a life not lived.
“Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”
Whenever I am troubled by something, I take solace in knowing that tomorrow brings a fresh start. We tend to fall into a pattern and one day blurs into the next, giving us little to look forward to. But the truth is – upon each awakening, there are brand new opportunities and renewed hope. Know that tomorrow morning, you are born again.
“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
This is perhaps the hardest lesson to learn in life. It is within our own mind and heart that we find peace and contentment. Until we accept ourselves for who we are and accept all that happens to us – we cannot have peace.
“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.”
Close your eyes. What do you see, feel and think? You are experiencing the world. Your world – which is the only world that exists for you. You can make it whatever you wish, see it as you feel fit, respect or condemn it.
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.”
Exercise self-love. If we don’t love ourselves, we give permission to go downhill – to hurt others, to live in the name of destruction rather than creation. There is far more at stake than we realize. Loving yourself is not selfish. To the contrary, it’s uplifting for every one and every thing around you.
“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours.”
Self-awareness is the key to moving forward. It is difficult to do, but we must. Strive to understand yourself – your motives, feelings and thoughts. Then, and only then, can we become enlightened, putting aside our demons to be the person we are capable of becoming. It is not others we must conquer. It is ourselves.
There are many reasons to get discouraged in this world. Buddha gave us seven of them to smile, hope and look forward to tomorrow.
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