The meaning of life

Passion AND Purpose….perhaps? Here are some “memes” to consider:

  • What will be on your epitaph?
  • Connecting with others – how and why?
  • Reality shocks – are we all in a state of shock right now?
  • The supple bend in the strong wind – only the flexible will survive
  • Multi-threading existence – now many threads…strands…personas could/should we persist?
  • Make and mind the gaps – it’s the space between “the stuff of life” that builds reality not the stuff itself
  • Only do what you do best and enjoy, but do it better and more often


People to read:

 

Po Bronson

Tony Robbins

Dr Wayne Dyer

In the wider world of religion

The purposes of a Hindu’s life are Dharma, Artha, Kharma, and Moksha.

  • Dharma is the fulfillment of one’s purpose;
  • Artha is prosperity.
  • Kharma is desire and enjoyment and
  • Moksha is of course, enlightenment.

 

Buddhism talks of The Noble Eightfold Path

In order to fully understand the noble truths and investigate whether they were in fact true, Buddha recommended that a certain lifestyle or path be followed which consists of:

1. Right Understanding

2. Right Thought

3. Right Speech

4. Right Action

5. Right Livelihood

6. Right Effort

7. Right Mindfulness

8. Right Concentration

Sometimes in the Pali Canon the Eightfold Path is spoken of as being a progressive series of stages which the practitioner moves through, the culmination of one leading to the beginning of another, but it is more usual to view the stages of the ‘Path’ as requiring simultaneous development.

The Eightfold Path essentially consists of meditation, following the precepts, and cultivating the positive converse of the precepts (e.g. benefiting living beings is the converse of the first precept of harmlessness). The Path may also be thought of as a the way of developing ala, meaning mental and moral discipline.

 

In tougher times, do we need to dig deeper into “meaning”?


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