Once you learn these 5 brutal truths about life , you’ll be a much better person (according to Buddhism)

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These 5 Brutal Truths about Life Can Help You to be a Much Better Person

The Buddhist philosophy teaches people about the difficulties of the life and many obstacles that should be overcome in order to survive. Because some of these obstacles are too difficult to bear, sometimes we try to deny them.

Buddhism explains that happiness involves agreement and acceptance of all the different aspects of life, even if they’re negative.

So below, we’ll present you 5 truths about life Buddhism says you’ll all benefit from accepting them.

1) Worrying is useless.

This condition is created in the mind without offering any value to our lives. It can be worth just in case if it’ll change what’s going to happen, if not, then it’s just a waste of time.

Remaining in the present moment and stop putting labels on the future conditions of happiness, according to Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist Master, is something that everyone should try to do. He elaborates that worrying does not accomplish anything. For example, if you are anxious and you’re worrying it will only make things worse.

In addition, he emphasized that the people should know how to breathe, smile, and live every moment of their life deeply, in order to be able to help themselves and the people from their surroundings. He believed that the most important is to be happy in the present moment, without expecting any additional happiness or conditions. His suggestion is to not run after things.

2) See reality for what it is

According to Buddhism, the people must see reality for what it is if they want to be truly free. They need to stay open and curious to whatever truth arises, instead of being fixed on worthless ideas and opinions.

The best attitude is to remain always positive by avoiding negative situations or emotions. But, everything that is negative should be confronted and accepted if the people want to be truly free.

The opinion of the Buddhist Master Pema Chödrön is that the people have two options: either to question their beliefs – or don’t, either they accept their fixed versions of reality- or to begin to challenge them. According to Buddhism, the best use of our human lives is by train in dissolving their assumptions and beliefs, and in training to stay open and curious.

3)We need to accept change actively

Even though everything in the life is changing, many of people attempt to keep things “fixed” and “constant”. However, that is not the right attitude, as this only goes against the true forces of the universe.

The people who are ready to accept and embrace changes, get an enormous liberation and energy to create their lives in the way they want.

According to Buddhist Daisaku Ikeda, accepting change allows the people to take initiative and create positive changes in their lives.

Having in mind that Buddhism holds that everything is in constant flux, there is a question about the accepting changes passively or to take the action and create positive changes in the own initiative. Daisaku Ikeda suggests instead of being the slave of conservatism and self-protection that are likened to the night, winter, and death, focus your spirit on pioneering and attempting to realize ideals, arousing images of the morning, spring, and birth.

4) The root of suffering is pursuing temporary feelings

As many people crave those feelings that are according to their opinion a happiness, everyone should be aware that those feelings are temporary. As those feelings don’t last constantly, craving for them can turn the people into a suffering.

The Buddhism teach you that true happiness comes from inner peace, so it suggests being content with what you have and who you are.

Yuval Noah Harari describes the root of suffering, which is according to Buddhism neither the feeling of pain nor of sadness or even of meaninglessness. The Buddhism explains that the real root of suffering is this never-ending and pointless pursuit of ephemeral feelings. These endless feelings, cause people to be in a constant state of tension, dissatisfaction, and restlessness.

Yuval states that the mind of the people many times is not satisfied, even when experiencing pleasure because it is aware that this feeling might soon disappear. So in order to liberate themselves from suffering the people must understand the impermanent nature of all their feelings, and it will help them to stop craving.

5) Meditation is the path to reducing suffering

The people who practice meditation learned that everything is impermanent, especially their feelings. They should be prepared to accept that the present moment is all that exists. When this is truly realized, the people become content and happy.

Yuval Noah Harari explains the aim of Buddhist meditation practices, which should result in better understanding the feelings. While the people meditate they are supposed to closely observe their mind and body. At the moment when the people realize how pointless it is to pursue the feelings, they stop cravings them and their mind becomes very relaxed, clear and satisfied.

In addition, Yuval elaborates that all kinds of feelings (joy, anger, boredom, lust) go on arising and passing, but when you stop craving particular feelings, you can just accept them in their real condition. He suggests trying to live in the present moment instead of fantasizing about what might have been. The outcome of that attitude should be a serenity that is so profound that many people who spend their lives in the hyperactive pursuit of pleasant feelings can hardly imagine it.

 

Sources:

Ideapod

Medium

Born Realist

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