The quest for happiness is conceptualized from several angles, according to various theories, and each one finds his account. Here are twelve Buddhist principles that provide you with the spiritual weapons to transform your life.
1. Live with compassion
Compassion is the most revered quality among Buddhists. It does not only help the human cause, but also transforms your life in many ways. First, self-compassion is necessary to find inner peace. Secondly, compassion towards others enables us to perceive goodness in each human being and to find meaning in the actions of others that are not always understandable. Beyond that, expressing compassion is the very act of connecting the heart with others – and this connection hides a great source of joy. Through compassion, you treat every person you meet as you would for yourself. It may seem difficult at first, but do not let go and you will realize the power of life with compassion.
2. Look for collective fulfillment
In Buddhism, a community of practitioners is called “Sangha” and is composed of monks and nuns who practice together, in peace, to cultivate a better awareness of our humanity. The principle of “Sangha” aims to contribute to the individual and collective fulfillment of all men. Generally, people group together to enrich themselves or to have more power, but rarely with the prospect of achieving selfless peace and social well-being.
3. Develop mindfulness
Strive to pay close attention to every moment of your life and overcome your greatest personal struggles. Mindfulness will change every aspect of your life and in every way. You will experience greater inner peace, more joy, and learn the best lessons of life.
4. Live deeply
To live deeply is to enter into harmony with the precious nature of the Universe and the essence of true happiness. You develop the ability to enjoy every moment of your life in a positive way, to transform the most mundane realities into highly rewarding experiences and to experience inner healing on a daily basis. With this state of mind, you discover that each entity is a link of a universality and that the world is in perpetual evolution. In the end, you feel the need to abandon your traditional view of concepts, to adopt a more spiritual understanding.
5. Change your vision of the world
A Buddhist principle states that you can not help others if you are not able to help yourself. It’s about taking care of yourself first and trying to be a model of life and a source of inspiration for others. To have an impact on the world, avoid getting into the fray, because you may hinder greatly your strengths and your ability to make a change. On the other hand, enjoy it with a more critical look and take actions that have a positive influence on your environment.
6. Admit your impermanence
Death is often a taboo subject in Western society. Buddhists, on the other hand, see it as a natural process of life and meditate to help them understand that they are not eternal. Accepting your impermanence on earth can be a great source of peace and help you appreciate the many joys that come with your daily life. The world will open up to you in a new and profound way.
7. Honor your meal times
Buddhist meditation practices, especially Mindfulness and Contemplation, help you realize the importance of food in front of you. Considering the vital role of food, you will cultivate a sense of gratitude before each meal and take care to give deep respect to the delicate balance of nature.
8. Understand the action of giving
Giving is much more than giving away Christmas or birthday gifts, it’s also all those little gestures of love that you share every day and that you do not consider as such. Buddhists have a very deep understanding of giving, especially because life is a duality of giving and receiving. This elevation of mind helps you realize the amazing resources you have in yourself and that you can share with others in every moment, such as kindness, compassion or just your presence.
9. Disarm your ego
The simplest way to summarize all spiritual practices is that spirituality is the act of being in touch with the ultimate reality, despite the obstacles that prevent you from doing so. The major obstacle is the ego, because its function is to detach you from who you really are, from your inner peace. Although the ego is an intrinsic part of the personality, you will be more successful in taming it.
10. Give up the 3 poisons
Life is full of vices that blind you and prevent you from living in harmony with your inner being, in peace, joy, and self-realization. Among these vices, there are three which are considered poisons; it is greed, hatred and illusion. These 3 poisons are responsible for most of the suffering. Instead of fighting them, accept the fact that they are part of your life and work slowly to eliminate them one by one.
11. Cultivate good values
The world would be perfect if everyone worked to make the life of their neighbor better or had a job that had a positive impact on the well-being of a whole community. This quest for good common values can bring about positive change in your life and those of others and promote more peace and happiness.
12. Do not cling to your passions
Non-attachment, in the Buddhist assertion, is not to live solitary, but to know how to put a distance between what you consider dear, your passions and your desires. It also means that you admit the impermanence of life and emotions and you consider yourself a servant of the Universe. You learn to take full advantage of life by being less subject to your emotions and material gain.
Once you develop such a mental aptitude, you enter a natural process of inner healing and live with a constant state of mind of tranquility and good humor.