I’m not widely religious, despite having a first class degree in Philosophy. My interest in the meaning of life simply lies there – in finding meaning, wherever I find it. After spending a great amount of time studying Indian Philosophy, which I clicked with the most, I learned a great deal. Application is always the hardest though. Today I thought I’d share with you three recommendations ofBuddha.
“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”
How much you loved
This one is easy! Though I don’t necessarily love expansively, the people in my life are loved an awful lot. From family to my boyfriend, to my pets and my close friends, loving seems to be the easy part. No matter how far the distance or how hard the hardest times, I’m pleased to say I love in abundance – and pretty unconditionally. This first lesson can also be applied to life. How much passion are you inputting? I put a lot of love into work, into my home and into my hobbies. As far as I am concerned, there are four main pillars to life: family, friends, work and experiences. If you put a lot of love into them, you’ll have a rich life.
How gently you lived
The world is getting woke. Being cruelty-free and planet-conscious is becoming more of a general and common concern and I couldn’t be happier. Thanks to the internet, I am exposed to very passionate people on a daily basis who remind me to avoid plastic, one-use packaging, cruel cosmetics, fast fashion and other discrepancies. I’m trying to live as gently as I can for the planet and for the animals. Live and let live.
How gracefully you let go of things not meant to you
Here’s where I stumble. This feels like the hardest one to put into practice. The fact is that we all have wants, we all have ambition. If we didn’t have ambition and wants, what would truly motivate us? The world needs people with drive so that everything stays in a forward facing motion. To want to reach a goal is to act toward a goal – which means we make that attachment. Life gives and life takes away and I’m having a lot of trouble with letting go gracefully these days. From saying goodbye forever to a loved one and having to leave somewhere that felt like home, letting go at the moment is difficult. Acknowledging that they are not meant for you doesn’t always make it easier. Sometimes it just makes me angrier. But I’m trying.
Have you ever found a quote or a piece of wisdom or religious practice at the perfect moment you needed it in life? I’d love it if you could share it with me!