Be Your Own Master

Buddha Met

As I sit here in my room, there is a blizzard going on outside! Even though I have never been more ready for the winter to end and the warm weather to come, I am enjoying being snowed in since it gives me the perfect opportunity to update my highly neglected blog! I have been so busy lately that I haven’t had the time to write but I am hoping to post more often moving forward!

I started this blog in the hopes of writing about fun and positive subjects and want to continue to do so. In light of that, I recently read something that really resonated with me

“How joyful to look upon the Awakened
and to keep company with the wise.

Follow then the shining ones,
the wise, the awakened, the loving,
for they know how to work and forbear.

But if you cannot find
friend or master to go with you,
travel on alone —
like a king who has given away his kingdom,
like an elephant in the forest.”
– Dhammapada

What I took from this is create your own wisdom, be your own awakening. Isn’t that beautiful? I am my own source of happiness! This past year didn’t start out on such a great note but I work every single day to be aware, be awake and be open. I am learning that it’s ok to be myself, to make mistakes and learn from them. I know it sounds so cliche, but the biggest lesson I am learning right now is to be sure of myself, be confident and trust in myself.

Don’t ever be too hard on yourself, we are all the products of our own thoughts. So think positively about yourself :).

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My Resolution

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This has been quite a year for me. I have learned so much about myself and also about others. I always like to think as optimistically and positively as I can and with that said, I just wanted to take some time so talk about the lessons I’ve learned this year and how, instead of choosing a New Year’s resolution like losing weight or something along those lines, I’m choosing to “cultivate contentment.”

That’s a Buddhist “necessity” and something I am determined to do moving forward. This year I experienced several highs and lows. My aunt passed away, I was and am still dealing with the grief of losing my grandmother, I left a job that was my WHOLE entire life and had some less than perfect moments with others. But I also stepped into a new job that allowed me to meet a wonderful mentor, I continued to strengthen the amazing friendships I have had for years, and met new people who brought me a lot of happiness.

Life always has good and bad and while it might sometimes seem as though the bad completely outweighs the good, I am working tirelessly, every single day, to see the good and to see the reason for the bad being there. So, when I say my resolution is to cultivate contentment, that means I am not going to get angry or resentful when something bad happens, instead I’m going to do my very best to figure out why it happened and how I can learn from it. It also means I am going to celebrate and appreciate every good thing I have every single day. I’m going to be aware and awake, consider others, take time to feel what I’m feeling, share, evolve and most importantly DREAM.

That is my New Years resolution.  What’s yours?

Thoughts For the Day

“The thought manifests as the word.

The word manifests as the deed.

The deed develops into habit.

Ans habit hardens into character.

So watch the thought and its ways with care.

As the shadow follows the body, As we think, so we become.”

 

Dhammapada.

 

Such a simple set of words, but so profound and true. Words to live by.

Think Before You Speak

Whenever I wish to move 

Or to speak,

First I shall examine my state of mind,

And firmly act in a suitable way.

Whenever my mind becomes attached

Or angry,

I shall not react, nor shall I speak;

I shall remain unmoved like a tree.

I absolutely love these words by Shantideva.  More than anything in the world, I would love to be a person who follows them implicitly.  I was thinking earlier today about the impact of our actions – verbal, physical and mental. Their is so much power in what we do and how our words and choices affect not just others but most importantly ourselves. Can you imagine a world where we all kept our negative thoughts to ourselves? Where we approached every situation in a rational, mature and calm way? Where instead of radiating jealousy, regret, anger or insecurity, we radiated strength, love, confidence and compassion? I want to be in that world! And the amazing thing is we can be in that world, if we want it.

My mission this year is to really do my best to follow these words. The point of this entry is, I’m hopeful for a world where we treat each other with kindness and maintain our self-respect. Anything is possible, it all comes from within. Let’s make it happen!<3