It can be hard to find meaning and purpose sometimes. We spend so much time working and being busy that we forget to stop and look inside ourselves to see what we really desire in life.
Fortunately, sages and mystics over the years have encountered the same problem, resulting in valuable wisdom we all can benefit from.
Zen Buddhism has contributed a huge deal to human thought on how we can live more peaceful and happy lives.
And today, we’re going to go through 11 of their most important pieces of wisdom that can help us all live better lives. These are the habits of Buddhist monks.
1) Focus on one thing
This is a simple but key point that symbolizes an important aspect of Zen philosophy.
Focus on one thing is what it sounds like: focus on the task at hand without getting distracted. Whatever is in your presence at that moment, dedicate your attention to it fully.
It’s been scientifically demonstrated that the brain simply cannot cope effectively with multi-tasking. It might feel like you’re getting more done, but in reality, you’re probably not and the quality of work is undoubtedly slipping.
If you can commit to one doing one thing a time, you’ll be more engaged in each and every moment and more able to live a peaceful and happy life.
2) Give it your all
To do something with every pulse of your being means to be fully concentrated on the present moment.
I’m not talking about tense, vein popping concentration.
Instead, I’m referring to focusing on the present moment with a peaceful and sustained concentration.
You’re here, living right now, fully engaged with whatever you’re doing, and there isn’t anything else to worry about.
3) Let go of what you can’t control
Letting go of hang ups is a huge part of Zen philosophy.
When you realize the impermanence of everything around you, you begin to let go and enjoy the world for what it is.
However, throughout our lives, so many of us naturally attach ourselves to relationships, material objects and circumstances in life.
But by wanting to keep these things fixed, we resist the natural way of change.
So, instead of continuing this trend, remove the friction by releasing attachments and allow yourself to flow with the universe.