Personal Responsibility, Well Being, and Monks

Do you feel like a victim?  Are you 1280px-Chenrezig_Sand_Mandalaconvinced that the world is against you and there is no way out? Don’t worry, we have all felt like that at times. But there is a difference between feeling like that some of the time and making it your life’s ambition for everyone around you to feel bad for you.

It can be said that personal well being is linked to personal responsibility. Whether we suffer from depression, anxiety, or physical ailments, much of what we experience is directly linked to the way we handle life. For example, say someone cuts you off in traffic you have two choices, 1. You can get angry throw a fit, flip him or her off and stay that way for the rest of the day, or 2. You can shake your head and move your thoughts elsewhere.

Sure, it sounds difficult, but each action requires no more effort on our part than the other. In fact, remaining at peace can actually be less tiring on our minds and bodies.

Trust me, I’m speaking from experience. Anger is in my genes. In the past, I have relished the opportunity to throw a fit and ‘fight for justice’. But I see life through different eyes now. I understand that each action I take, each time I roll my eyes and sigh or move forward with a smile on my face, has a direct impact on my life and the lives of the people I love.

What I am getting at is this; Personal responsibility is directly linked to our well being. Blaming other people, events, and situations for our unhappiness does nothing to solve the problem. We cannot rely on other people to give us happiness or allow them to make us angry.

Take the Buddhist monks, for example. Every year Tibetan monks create what is called a ‘Sand Mandala’. This Mandala takes about 10 days to complete. The monks work tirelessly to create intricate designs from color dyed sand. However, once it is complete the destruction ceremony begins. Instead of feeling angry or irritated by the ceremony, the monks consider it a lesson in life. They understand the purpose of the ceremony and they view it as a lesson in patience, appreciation, and in personal responsibility and duty.

We can learn a thing or two from these monks. No you don’t have to shave your head and move to Tibet, but why not consider practicing more appreciation, love, and personal responsibility in your life? The world could use it.

To see the Mandala Sand Destruction Ceremony click on the link here..

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