Difficult moments always make us feel disappointed, worried, desperate, lost, like on a road without direction. There is a weight in our soul and we don't know how to move forward. If we fail to get out of this maze, we may stay in it for an unnecessarily long time. When we have a hard time, we can look for comfort and strength in. Check out 3 philosophical insights that may motivate you to embark on a new and clearer path.
Nothing is permanent
When our lives seem at a standstill, it is important to remember that change is inevitable. Through our travels, job promotions, losses, illnesses and achievements, things are always changing and transforming into new situations. Our emotional reactions to these situations are not constant either.Impermanence can show us that emotions are only temporary and exist and eventually transform into other emotions and feelings.
The idea of impermanence leads to the idea of dharma. Dharma is the journey of the soul through duties and actions. When we follow our dharma, it means following our heart and what we want to do every day.
Dharma is an important Hindu, Buddhist and Yogic concept referring to a law or principle that governs the universe. In order to live out one's dharma, one must act in accordance with this law.
On an individual level, dharma can refer to a personal mission or goal. Traditionally, an individual's dharma is believed to be predetermined. Depending on the dharma, the soul is born into a particular caste or social group, either as a reward or as a punishment for actions in past lives.
In case you feel lost at this moment in life, think of your surroundings, your current situation and your relationships as temporary.This way of thinking will give you more room to "breathe" and move the way you want or follow your dharma. This way you can motivate yourself to make some key changes and open up new opportunities.
Our Self vs Not-Self
For our thoughts, emotions and beliefs, we always hold our Self responsible. On the other hand, Buddhism suggests the possibility of a Not-Self, which is a non-existence at the core of our being, which is impermanent. It moves and changes just like the life around us.
This suggests that our thoughts and beliefs can change at will depending on the situation we are in and that our inner self reflects our outer world. What does it all mean? This can mean that we have the power to decide our dharma or the direction of our path and that it is not necessarily determined by past experiences, beliefs and attitudes.
To put it more clearly, if we think about the difficult situation we find ourselves in that we have more than one way out of it and if we don't let negative thoughts crush us, the situation instantly becomes lighter and solvable.We must not forget that our thoughts determine our attitude, motivation or lack thereof, determine our actions.
Nature as a way to feel better
We must not forget that nature is an integral part of ourselves. Buddhists see nature and the earth as ever changing and always moving. For them, even rock possesses movement and plays a role in the larger ecosystem. For them, rain is not just rain, because they see the falling droplets as useful for trees, animals, life around us.
Nature can help us feel better, reduce stress when there is disharmony within us. Walking through it can be a kind of meditation. We can begin to look deeper into it. To feel more strongly its aromas, its colors, to hear more clearly its sounds, even those of falling raindrops. To isolate them from the gray, the noise, to see the beauty of this natural cycle, because we are part of it.
A short walk in the park, mountain or by the sea can fill us with positive emotions.