We all know that life isn’t a bed of roses. Most of the time it is filled with suffering and disappointments, with only flickers of joy here and there. Often it becomes so unbearable that we feel like giving up.
However we must realize that life is a gift and we should learn to appreciate it. Buddhism teaches us that when we start to accept the negative side of life, happiness comes to our door. The beauty of life lies in its imperfections.
Here are 5 truths about life that all of us should know.
1. Worrying is Useless
There is no point in worrying about things as it will not change the problems we are facing. It will only lead to sadness and stress. Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh says, one needs to concentrate on the present and not dwell on possible future events, as it will not “accomplish anything”.
2. Accept the reality to be happy
It is not right to ignore the reality and pretend that everything is alright. To attain absolute happiness, it is necessary to accept reality and truth, no matter how harsh. Buddhist teaching says that one must question the fixed beliefs and realities and be curious.
3. Adapt to change readily
Change is the only constant. Mankind can progress only when positive changes take place. Our minds attain enlightenment and freedom when we wholeheartedly accept the changes around us. According to Buddhist master Daisaku Ikeda, Buddhism believes in bringing forth positive changes on our own and to not succumb to rigidity.
4. Pursuit of temporary feeling leads to temporary happiness
Nowadays, everyone is chasing rushes of joy and excitement. Nobody has the time to wait for something wonderful to develop. This only leads to disappointment and dissatisfaction. We need to understand that self love, kindness and peace of mind will lead to true happiness which is permanent in nature.
5. Meditation is the key to a happier life
Yuval Noah Harari says that in Buddhism, meditation helps to calm the body and mind and to reflect on our emotions. It helps to attain inner peace and quiet. Meditation teaches us that one should live in the moment and appreciate the beauty that is life.