Lessons from Buddha

Buddhism is one of the world’s major religions and yet it is really not a religion in the true sense of the word.  Whether it is a religion or not, its teachings give us ways to live with more peace and serenity. It also gives us an understanding of what keeps us from that peace and serenity, and it is not outside circumstances

Buddhism acknowledges that there is suffering in the world then shows us how to overcome that suffering.  In today’s world, we can certainly use ways to live our lives less affected by external conditions.

Practicing mindfulness and meditation are key Buddhist teachings. Mindfulness practices aim to curb impulsive behaviors with awareness.  With mindfulness, one can become more aware which can then help us change our habits.  For example, by being mindful, we can avoid touching the face and washing the hands on a regular basis.

Regular meditation allows us to acknowledge what we are feeling but also to recognize that these feelings are simply passing reactions to an impermanent situation.  All things change – it is our attachment to things that cause much of our pain

Buddhism teachings emphasize “four immeasurables” – loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity.  It is believed that these four attitudes can replace anxious and fearful states of mind.  When you are feeling anxious or fearful, try thinking of examples of compassion and kindness in your life.

Buddhism understands that there is an interconnection between everything and this certainly has become obvious during these days of the pandemic. What we do does matter and affects not just ourselves but for others as well.

Quote of the Week

“The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

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