Dharma – For The Best Life
Today I am going to tell you about the most important law for human beings in the entire world. None the less. The law is called Dharma.
Suffering arises from craving; the only way to be fully liberated from suffering is to be fully liberated from craving; and the only way to be liberated from craving is to train the mind to experience reality as it is.
There you have it. If we all humans could do so we would certainly have a better world and quality of life.
A person who does not crave cannot suffer. This is the wisdom from Siddhartha Gautama, better known as Buddha. Buddha means “the enlighted one”, and he certainly was.
Gautama´s insight was that no matter what the mind experiences, it usually reacts with craving, and craving always involves dissatisfaction. When the mind experiences something distasteful it craves to be rid of the irritation. When the mind experiences something pleasant, it craves that the pleasure will remain and will intensify. Therefore, the mind is always dissatisfied and restless.
Gautama spent several years traveling around just with clothes on his body and nothing else, studying the people he met and meditating. He found that there was a way to exit this vicious circle. If, when the mind experiences something pleasant or unpleasant, it simply understands things as they are, then there is no suffering. If you experience sadness without craving that the sadness go away, you continue to feel sadness but you do not suffer from it. There can actually be richness in the sadness. If you experience joy without craving that the joy linger and intensify, you continue to feel joy without losing your peace of mind.
To accept sadness as sadness, joy as joy, pain as pain, Gautama developed a set of meditation techniques that train the mind to experience reality as it is, without craving. These practices train the mind to focus all its attention on the question
What am I experiencing now?
rather than on
What would I rather be experiencing?
It is difficult to achieve this state of mind, but not impossible.
The best reality
is to be aware
in the moment
It is your being that matters,
not your thoughts or feelings.
What you DO,
Love, Health And Wisdom