Buddhism is one of the world’s most prolific philosophies and provides several antidotes to what we are taught in the West.
Learning and embracing the challenges we face in our lives through the adoption of Buddhist principles can help lead to a life of fulfilment.
Each person faces unique life circumstances, and the challenges they face are always different. But these profound truths can benefit all of us.
If you want to make some changes in your life, especially regarding your attitude, here are 5 keys of Buddhism that will help you out:
1. Knowledge & Insight
We are living in the era of technology and information, which most importantly means we have access to all human knowledge at our finger tips.
We just need to use this privilege with care. The Buddha advises to take in all the knowledge you can, but at the same time it’s imperative that you keep your critical thinking hat on.
A famous quote from Buddha says:
“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who say it, unless it agrees with your own reason and common sense.”
2. Resistance & Replacement
Every time we face obstacles in life, it will test us in one way or another. Changes are hard and if you find yourself struggling to stay focused and in control, overcome it with a new commitment or inclination, like working out or eating healthy.
The urge to go back to your old habits and addictions might be strong, so focus on replacing your old bad habits with healthy ones.
Always try to overcome the bad with the good.
Buddha reminds us that if we are able to overcome our bad habits, we have achieved the greatest task:
“To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others.”