Once You Learn These 5 BIG Truths About Life, You’ll be a Much Better Person
What is life? This question is asked probably by every single one of us. The huge paradox of living in this 3D world is both a burden and a blessing. Living a happy life in the 21st century is a ‘skill’. In these dynamic, fast and brutal times you just need to know how to achieve your happiness and more importantly, how not to let others take it away from you.
On your life path you will go through so many obstacles and you need to survive. You won’t survive if you are a ‘predator’, but you will survive if you are wise and if you live your life with full passion. According to the Buddhist teachings, happiness is based on embracing and accepting the negative aspects of life. You need to accept them and get over them, denying makes you turn a blind eye to real life. These are the 5 truths about life that we would all benefit from knowing:
1. If we want to be happy, we must see reality for what it is
As we already said, the first step is accepting life as it is and seeing it with real eyes. We need to be openmidned and always inquisitive, in search for the truth. We must never focus on unrealistic and illusional ambitions, motives and philosophies in life. This is what Buddhist master Pema Chodron said:
“We have two alternatives: either we question our beliefs – or we don’t. Either we accept our fixed versions of reality- or we begin to challenge them. In Buddha’s opinion, to train in staying open and curious – to train in dissolving our assumptions and beliefs – is the best use of our human lives.”
2. Worrying is useless
Worrying is something that doesn’t solve problems in your life. Mostly is just a waste of time, energy and health. If you only worry about something , you just can’t change what is going to happen. This is what Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh said :
“Worrying does not accomplish anything. Even if you worry twenty times more, it will not change the situation of the world. In fact, your anxiety will only make things worse. Even though things are not as we would like, we can still be content, knowing we are trying our best and will continue to do so. If we don’t know how to breathe, smile, and live every moment of our life deeply, we will never be able to help anyone. I am happy in the present moment. I do not ask for anything else. I do not expect any additional happiness or conditions that will bring about more happiness. The most important practice is aimlessness, not running after things, not grasping,” he explains.
3. The root of suffering is pursuing temporary feeling
Most of us think that the temporary feelings are source of happiness. The temporary feelings such as joy, euphoria and excitement and needed in life, but the constant peace, tranquility and wholeness is what makes people really happy. Do not base your happiness based on the moment.Yuval Noah Harari explains that people can stop suffering only when they understand the impermanent nature of their feelings and stop craving them.
4. Meditation is the path to reducing suffering
According to the Buddhist teachings, meditation is the path to the truth and the real inner peace and wisdom. The body and the soul are connected, and through meditation you can not only improve yourself as a person, but also engage other dimensions or reach the nirvana.
5. We need to accept change actively
The world is constantly changing. Sometimes, these changes are way out of our ability to influence them. Because of that, we need to be always prepared for radical changes and be part of them. Adapt and embrace the chance- it will help you grow faster as a person and be stronger. This is what Buddhist Daisaku Ikeda says:
“Buddhism holds that everything is in constant flux. Thus the question is whether we are to accept change passively and be swept away by it or whether we are to take the lead and create positive changes on our own initiative. While conservatism and self-protection might be likened to winter, night, and death, the spirit of pioneering and attempting to realize ideals evokes images of spring, morning, and birth,” he explains.