A Path to Enlightenment: Applying Eastern Philosophy to Enrich Your Life

Interested in living a more meaningful life? Eastern philosophy may be able to help you with this, since it’s rich with dynamic, spiritual ideas. Many of these concepts can be applied to your life regardless of which religion your spiritual beliefs align with.

Enlightenment is a well-known Eastern idea. Meditation, another practice embraced by many philosophies, helps you de-stress and maintain good balance. Living with an understanding of the centuries-old concept of “karma” may also enrich your life.

Eastern Concept of Enlightenment

In Eastern philosophies, to become enlightened means to experience an “awakening.” It’s widely held that enlightenment is a state that must be experienced. Although this explanation seems nebulous at best, suffice it to say that enlightenment is a state deeply sought by those applying Eastern philosophies in their lives. One way some of these people seek enlightenment is through meditation.

Meditation: A How-To

Meditation is a state of being that brings forth feelings of peace, tranquility and happiness. When your busy life seems overwhelming, allow yourself even just 10 minutes to sit peacefully. Meditation can be an excellent way banish stress and bring balance back into your life.

Follow these steps to bring the benefits of meditating into your life:

  1. Find a relaxing, quiet place to practice. Plan to not be disturbed for 10 or 15 minutes.
  2. Sit comfortably. Although there are many classic poses, feel free to sit in a comfortable chair with your feet flat on the floor.

3. Listen to your breathing. Use the sound and experience of breathing in and breathing out as your focal point. Allow yourself to breathe naturally.

By the end of 10 or 15 minutes, you’ll most likely find that you’re feeling calm, rested and ready to return to your world. Practicing meditation just twice daily (or even once, if you’re very busy!) will improve your mood and help you de-stress.

The Concept of Karma

We’ve all heard someone joke about karma. But what is karma, actually? In Buddhist philosophy, karma is the consequence of everything you do throughout your life. Karma can be good or bad, depending on your intentions and actions toward others.

Consider this example:

In essence, karma operates on the principle that what you send out to others is what you’ll receive back. It may be the next day, the next year or even in your next life, but your karma will be paid back to you.

Making a concerted effort to be positive, helpful and kind toward others seems to be the best way to go, according to the concept of karma. You’ll then be blessed with all that good karma returning to you.

Whether you adopt fully the principles of Eastern philosophies, it does make logical sense to behave toward others as you’d like them to behave toward you. Consider keeping karma in mind in your everyday interactions with people. Your life will be more positive as a consequence.

Discovering your own path to enlightenment is a journey only you can make. If you open your mind to Eastern ideas, you will certainly feel more relaxed and peaceful, and you might just move a little closer to enlightenment.

This article originally appeared here: https://www.socialana.com/path-enlightenment-applying-eastern-philosophy-enrich-life/

Former Digital Social Media Strategist & former Silicon Valley; Living in Ventura, California. Still into Gentle/Yin Yoga and daily walks with Priska, my cat.

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