You don’t have to practice meditation or yoga to benefit from Buddhist ideas. There are powerful elements to Buddhist philosophy that apply to all of us.
By understanding the following three Buddhist principles, it could help you create a positive shift in your life. They are:
1) Dukka: Life is pain and causes suffering.
This is the first noble truth of Buddhism. You might think that this sounds quite negative. But there’s more to it than simply “Life is tough, so accept it.”
The truth is, we create more suffering in our lives by avoiding difficult emotions.
Yes, Buddha is right. Every single one of us will at one point experience unpleasant emotions like anxiety, stress, sadness etc.
We often try to avoid these feelings through attaching ourselves to material items and fleeting states of being like excitement. However, doing so is often a recipe for more disappointment and sadness.
So rather than fearing suffering, if we choose to be aware of it and accept it, it can ultimately reduce our suffering. Alan Watts says it best:
“There will always be suffering. But we must not suffer over the suffering.”
How can this benefit you in your daily life? Realize that there is power in accepting that death, sickness, suffering and loss are part of life.
You can stop attaching to the thought that life should be easy and pain-free. By doing so, you’re becoming more open to change and uncertainty, which paradoxically will make your life more enjoyable and fun.