This nice talk outlines one of the many ways we can change our entire lives by replacing a false reality with a true one.
I was thinking about what I am trying to achieve at any single point in time – How do I live my life?
Everything I think, I say, I do is governed by three broad principles which I guess is linked to my “Three Ls” idea:
I am continuously pushing the limits of my mind. I find opportunities to expand my comfort zone – to broaden my horizons. I find opportunities to increase my capacity of mental energy – to destroy mental laziness and replace it with mental stamina. I find opportunities to increase my empathic capabilities – to improve my relationships with my fellow humans. Increasing the stamina of my mind by forcing thought when it tires.
I ensure my actions are right and good. Right thoughts flow into right words and actions. I minimise pain that I cause to others – it is impossible to cause no pain and sometimes it is necessary. I do not do to others what I do not wish to be done to me. On rare occasions where I find my conduct unethical I will do my utmost to correct the wrong and ensure it is not repeated. I aim to be source of goodness to the people and world around me.
I ensure that every day has value. Time spent with loved ones. New, positive and rich experiences. Reflections and learning. I recognise the scarcity of time and vigorously optimise the way that I spend it. I clutch on to my past because that is my life, I optimise the present while looking to the future because the present will soon be my past and the future will soon be my present.
If you’re going through Hell, keep going.