Ah world, what lessons you prepare for us ……..Mary Oliver
1. Life is precious
When we appreciate our life, focusing on what we do have and not on our problems or lack of, we can understand and deepen our gratefulness each day.
When we know and trust that everything changes and constantly evolves, we can be at peace with our life in the good situations and the bad. Remember, no matter where you are, “This too shall pass.”
In Buddhism Samsara is sometimes thought of as a circumstance or an illusion or the cycle of death and rebirth to which life in the material world is bound. When we understand that everyone has suffering in their life, we can learn to let go of the illusion that we need to be perfect or everyone else is perfect and only we suffer.
Each journey is different and when we understand this, we can have compassion and patience for those around us and let go of our expectations and pressure.
Becoming responsible in our life for all our thoughts, beliefs and actions. What we take from ourselves or others will be taken from us, what we give to ourselves and others will be given to us. Becoming aware of our intentions and choices in life will keep us present.
45 thoughts on “Four Principles to live by….”
Very good principles to remember 😉
Thankyou Irene, it is a good reminder!
Agreed. #4, karma, wraps itself into one of mine which is do no harm. With that in mind, I try to think before I act or speak. Sometimes my mouth or actions are a bit fast on the draw, but usually I can keep to that principle of mine.
That is a great attitude to have Emilie. It keeps us present and compassionate towards others. Happy Easter.
I needed to see this today. Thank you.
They are gentle reminders Jim and when I heard the teaching it helped me ignite those understandings again. Thankyou and Happy Easter.
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Ha! yes, let’s put them on a Billboard for all to look and remember! Thankyou and Happy Easter.
Wonderful advice Karen – thank you. ❤
Thankyou lovely Diana and Happy Easter break to you and your family. 🙂 🙂
To you and yours as well Karen!
A good lesson for this schoolroom called Earth. Thank you.
The Earth is our schoolroom and there is so much to learn isnt there? Thankyou Mary and Happy Easter. 😉
I love these 4 thoughtful guideposts Karen.Thank you for sharing ❤️
Me too Val and I think we are living them! I hope you have a lovely break and enjoy some spring weather (maybe?) 🙂 Happy Easter
Thanks Karen. I’m heading to the old country tomorrow to see my family. Spring has definitely arrived in Scotland 🙂
That will be so nice! Enjoy Val.
Solid principles – something to strive for, indeed!
Yes I think we all are Eliza, Thankyou.
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The post begins with a great Mary Oliver quote. The wisdom in the quote and the four principles are important for us to embrace. The world is a place of miracles and lessons that teach us when we are awake.
Thankyou so much!
Mary Oliver is my very favorite poet. You’ve chosen a good starting point! Judy
She is very special. Thankyou Judy for stopping by I appreciate it.
This is such a perfect post, brings a great sense of serenity to my evening right now. Samsara is powerful, and for me along with the thought of karma makes this a very beautiful and rewarding life…makes any struggles so much easier.
Really beautiful advice and principles to base a life ~
Such a lovely comment. I love this teaching and it’s wisdom. When we have the discipline and courage to live this life, you are right, our struggles seem so much less than we believed and our gratefulness seems to expand easily! Thankyou for your thoughts Randall.
A quality post here, and I’m glad to have found it.
Thanks Christy I appreciate your comment.
Karen such a beautiful start with Mary Oliver and had me breathing it all in. Thank you for inspiring me overtime I read your posts. Happy Easter
Thanks Kath, Mary Oliver’s words always inspire me. I think we celebrate Easter more here in Australia than overseas ? We are at the beach this weekend and really enjoying it. I hope you have a lovely break too. I appreciate your kind comments.
That sounds wonderful Karen I am heading to my mums and a big family lunch tomorrow, thats how we celebrate with family and a few laughs, will probably end up on the beach in the afternoon too!
I love family time. Enjoy Kath and have fun at the beach while we can!!
Indeed, although I love my winter walks on the beach whilst no one is around Karen Enjoy the break.
Wow, I’m doing with the four principles… for the most part. 😀
Correction: Wow, I’m doing *good* with the four …
Well done Rommel! They are wonderful principles to live by and keeps us balanced.
This is excellent. 🙂
Thankyou so much and for stopping by!
Thankyou, I try to live this, but am not always successful, It’s good to be reminded.:)
We all fail at times Stephanie, the gift is getting up the next day and trying again. Thankyou for you comment and for stopping by. 🙂
Very Nice post.
Thanks for stopping by.
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Thankyou Rachael. I appreciate the reblogg. 🙂
It’s my pleasure. I always enjoy your posts 🙂