5 Life lessons from a Buddhist Monk
Take a common-sense approach to spirituality. The Buddha himself encouraged scepticism and would say: “Don’t believe what I say, try things out for yourself and see what works.” Rather than hoping for a deity to come and fix or free you, take responsibility for your life.
Count your blessings
There’s a large slice of spiritual growth in learning to find peace with what you have, rather than finding happiness in getting what you want. One of the most advanced practices is to learn how not to get resentful or crumble when things don’t go your way.
We are brought up to believe that if we think something it must be true, which is absurdity. Develop patterns of reflection and the ability to watch your thoughts and emotions, however chaotic they may seem. The oracle is there; you just have to consult it.
Keep it simple
It’s pleasant not to have a life that’s cluttered up with inessential stuff. Often when you obtain everything you could possibly wish for, you realise it’s not enough. Yet, qualities of wisdom, understanding and peacefulness are considered to be natural to us.
‘Compassion fatigue’ occurs when we feel worn out by helping others, despite our good intentions. Develop love and kindness to all beings. Learn to attune to the difficulties of others without suffering because of them. Keep a bright, vast, all-encompassing empathy.