I came across a wonderful paragraph in a book I am currently reading which I feel would benefit everyone who might happen to read this. It is as follows:
“The principal focus of Mahayana teachings is on cultivating a mind wishing to benefit other sentient beings. With an increase in our own sense of peace and happiness, we will naturally be better able to contribute to the peace and happiness of others. Transforming the mind and cultivating a positive, altruistic and responsible attitude are beneficial right now. Whatever problems and difficulties we may have, we can thereby face them with courage, calmness and high spirits. Therefore, it is also the very root of happiness for many lives to come.”
Peace and happiness should be very high on everyones priority list. Money and education can’t bring these great inner qualities about. A change of mind is necessary.
We have the power within us to control our mind, and with practice we can reach a very proficient level in the thoughts we allow into our consciousness. We also have a choice in the way we let things effect us and in the attitude we have to any problems and difficulties that may occur.
“With an increase in our own sense of peace and happiness, we will naturally be able to contribute to the peace and happiness of others.” What a thing to strive for! To have more peace and happiness in ones own life to be able to naturally contribute to everyone else’s life who we may happen to touch. There is no greater aim in life.
So pay attention to your thoughts, and any negative recurring thought patterns. Banish them as soon as you become aware of them and affirm that you are happy and at peace. Face your problems with optimism and high spirits knowing that the nature of life is change, and before long things will be very different.