posted on Dec, 21 2013 @ 10:14 PM
I've been working on the Four Noble Truths with my kids, as a way of developing a sense of direction in life. I've found them to be very useful.
It is a path towards peace, happiness, balance, and understanding.
The first noble truth: Suffering Exists.
We all suffer. Everybody suffers. That's why we take pain pills, or drink, or seek therapy, or shout and scream - we are suffering. Suffering can
be as simple as a burn on the stove, or as complex as a heartache from a breakup. But there is a disease of this age where people don't know that
they are suffering - to them it is just life.
The first step on this path is to label the suffering. Touch it gently with the mind and say "suffering". Say it out loud, "I am
suffering". Say what you are suffering from. "I am suffering because I am being bullied at school." "I am suffering because I feel I am not
attractive to others." "I am suffering from this depression." The very first step to fixing problems is to admit you have the problem, and
identify it. Don't be harsh though; just gently label it "suffering", and have love and compassion towards yourself.
The second noble truth: There Is A Path To Suffering.
We are responsible for our lives, and we have walked all the steps into our current situation. We have created much of our own suffering. Suffering
usually doesn't just "happen" to us - we bring it on ourselves with our actions and attitudes. There is a path to suffering. If you drink too
much you will get a hangover. If you lie, you will not be trusted. If you eat poorly, you will feel sick. There is a cause for much of our
suffering, and identifying the cause is key to ending the pattern of suffering.
So the first step is to admit and be honest that you are suffering. The next step is to identify the path that led to this suffering. Once you are
aware of the path, you have the key to prevent that suffering from coming in the future.
The third noble truth: Well-being exists.
Sometimes we get so stuck in our suffering that we overlook the good things in life, the things that bring us joy. It is important to have hope, and
identify the good things in life we have, and can have if we want. Are you a liar? Know that truthfulness exists. Are you a coward? Know
that courage exists. Are you sad? Know that happiness exists. You need to turn your head towards the light if you wish to find your way out of the
The fourth noble truth: There Is A Path To Well-Being.
There are common, natural, human values that we can use as our guides on a path towards happiness and well-being. These paths resonate naturally with
the human heart, and the paths they light up are quickly verifiable as being worth the walk. Once you take these paths to heart, the universe of love
starts showing you where you need to go to find happiness.
The traditional 8-fold path to well being is this:
1. Right View - To see and understand things as they really are.
2. Right Intention - To put your best foot forward, working for good in your life and the lives of others.
3. Right Speech - To only speak what is true, and to avoid gossip, bragging, and slander.
4. Right Action - To do what needs to be done, for yourself, and your community.
5. Right Livelihood - To find employment in a job that doesn't create suffering for you or others.
6. Right Effort - To put your heart and soul into your actions.
7. Right Mindfulness - To pay attention, and spend your time in your real life, in the now.
8. Right Concentration - To attain sharpness of mind, which enhances all the other attributes.
Eating well and getting enough sleep help too. Hope you find this info useful; I have used it to refine my life into something I feel good about,
where I have inner peace, and am able to provide for my family, and do it with honor and respect. Honor is something that should get a higher
priority these days. My kids use it too, and they have had success in overcoming some tough problems, and are on a path to happiness as we speak.