Cultivating Your Spiritual Development
Following our true path is sometimes a difficult task. Why? Well, a lot of the time we get caught up in the goal we want to achieve… that we forget about the process it takes to get to said goal.
So what are the steps to finding your true path?
It’s first most important to find the goal you want to attain. If you want to be emotionally in control of yourself (just to save us time on endless other scenarios), you have to address your need for change…and why that change is being requested. “I want to be emotionally in control because I have noticed the strain it brings my family when I fly off the handle. They need this from me so that we can ALL live in a better fashion. If I don’t aim at correcting this problem … happiness will never be reached.“
The Dalai Lama’s mantra on happiness is a great example to follow your thoughts by. To advance as a society, we must put the happiness of our brothers within our own happiness, (Carmichael, 2017). We are all one. Your family is a unit of one, a unified source. Therefore, it is only logical to assume that your happiness is directly tied to that of everyone else in your family. You can’t ignore that they have family outside of your known circle as well. So in theory you create a mandala of positive events to take place, ("Dalai Lama speaks on Inner Peace, Inner Values & Mental States", 2017). This imagery came to me one day while reading the Dalai Lamas teachings: There is a village with very low resources. One person is extremely poorer than the rest, and is in hunger. If you take notice that watching this person suffer, in turn makes you suffer, we are one. If we are one, we treat ourselves the way we best want to treat ourselves. If we are one, You don’t want to suffer. If you give a small portion of your happiness to help another, in turn you are helping yourself. So by giving him food you can easily share, you will see him light up, and maybe his light will spread. Other people may feel moved by your willingness to not ignore yourself, that they in turn- will not ignore your brother who is a part of them.