A Compassionate Life
The ability to understand other people and the larger world around you can change your life. It starts with self-compassion. You must forgive yourself and discover peace within before looking outwards. A highly-compassionate person can better understand why people behave the way they do. Compassion is the recognition of basic goodness in all people. It is the source of true meaningful connections and happier lives.
Build Genuine Connections and Nurture Them
Buddhism relies on a “sangha” or a community of monks, nuns, and ordinary folk that practice together. It’s a beautiful getting together of people with one goal – higher enlightenment for themselves and all beings. We could all take a leaf out of their book. As a community, people should get together more often – not always to make money but to figure out how to make the lives of others better. Realize the power of connecting with others and nurture those relationships to transform your life.
Instead of going through the motions, be fully present in every moment of your life. And this could mean anything – from eating more mindfully (no screens please), paying attention to your breath, or focusing on your actions and thoughts. Mindfulness can transform every aspect of your life if you allow it.
On some days, it gets difficult to think beyond ourselves. But learn to gradually live in a way that connects you to the world. Living deeply means enjoying each moment. It means taking things slow and making time for things that nourish and heal you. Living deeply makes you more aware of the nature of the world. You’ll begin to see patterns of interconnectedness and the idea of impermanence.