Do no harm
Still your mind
The Buddha said more in these eight words than eight million books with 800 million words could ever top for advising how to lead a good life.
Follow the internal compass, that morality that we have inside that let’s us know when we really “are” doing good. Not for ourselves. At least, not at first. By doing good for others, we eventually do good for ourselves. Try it for some eight hours. Do good for others. See if that good or something close to it doesn’t come back to you.
Do no harm.
I believe this is harder to do, particularly for someone active at work, home or play. That just about includes all of us, doesn’t it? How are we to know what actions will do “no harm?” Must we be cautious in all of our waking hours, tiptoeing around life challenges and not facing them boldly with quick determination? The answer here may lie in our “intent” to “do” no harm. By focusing on the “right way,” perhaps not the easy or more profitable way, we can be more sure our choices will cause no harm, no suffering.
Still Your Mind
Lastly, stilling the mind, for a great majority, the most difficult of all tasks to carry out. Each face their own challenge with this. I follow a Sufi approach to meditation. I “love” my “Beloved.” I reach inside to that well of pure, “undefiled” feelings of goodness that exist (and have existed in an “energy” form for all of time, according to Quantum Physics reports). I let that “awareness” slowly flow through my entire being, causing muscles and sinews to relax, as my concentrated breathing technique helps to “still” the mind and permits body, mind and spirit to join.
Presto. I’m home free. Or at least at the doorstep of a home from which I can always seek refuge.