The basis of Buddhism is The Four Noble Truths as discerned by Siddhartha Gautama [the Buddha] when he became enlightened. These truths are:
- All life is suffering [filled with challenges]
- Suffering is the result of ignorance [lack of awareness]
- Ignorance can be overcome through awareness [spiritual consciousness]
- Awareness is achieved by following The Noble Eightfold Path
Buddha believed, in essence, that the purpose of life was to experience and overcome suffering through understanding the noble truths and following the path.
It is a philosophy that could serve us well, and so, the path I have chosen to follow is a very simple one. The path of kindness.
The path of kindness is immersed in love and from it emerges compassion, forgiveness, gratitude, helpfulness and generosity. You can’t help but feel good about yourself when you walk the path of kindness!
As much as I would love to overcome this neurological condition I’m experiencing, I would much rather see the world become more kind and aware. And so, I offer this to you [also from Buddhism]:
- May you be happy
- May you be healthy
- May you be peaceful
- May you live with ease
Perhaps walking the path of kindness will help me recover my health. Perhaps it won’t. Either way, I can imagine what our world would look like if we were all kind one another and this is sufficient!
Have an awesomely kind day!