What do you need, you already have it?
The saying is contained in a stone water basin at Ryoan-Ji Temple in Kyoto, Japan. The proverb is, in fact, much to change the lives of people around the world. Have you ever sat there for a while and looked back at your daily life? The food is adequate, has a place to live and basic needs are met well. Which is not less important, have people who care and love you.
However, we often see life as not perfect ‘it. We are often disappointed with what we have today, unlike fantasy. Seeking comfort by leaving other comforts. Needs recognition to impress others. Finally, we are further away from gratitude.
And did not you want to know how easy life is easy? If you want to rethink your life, one thing that must be installed in the heart is the simplifying of life. How to? Actually, there is a way if you want to live happily easily, but very unfortunate is often forgotten by us. Like the things below!
Appreciate what we have.
Often we already have everything we want. It’s just that we forget it. Build a habit to pay attention and appreciate what we already have and be grateful. Respect the people who are present in our lives, the things we have, the daily food available and the moments with the people we love.
Learn to respect as we want to be respected.
In the Zen tradition, bowing to others is a form of exercise in respect for others. Maybe you’re not comfortable doing it, but you can do it any other way. For example by respecting the opinions of others, speaking in a good way and even more respecting the existence of someone like how we want to be respected.
If self is enough, then?
Feel yourself more than enough? Why not do it for someone else. There are a lot of people around us, who unknowingly actually need us. Either they are starving on the street or even friends who are depressed and need our ears to listen.
Not that you have to spend anytime you have just to help others. But if you still have time, energy and other things to give to others, it means you are ‘enough’ is not it?
How to build a habit of living with enough, without exaggeration?
- There are 6 daily rituals that can be done, namely:
- Get up early and be thankful for what you have in your life.
- Write a journal containing one paragraph of your gratitude today, before going to bed.
- When you meet someone, make it a habit to smile at them.
- Before eating a meal, say thank you to all who have prepared it. Thank goodness every food you chew.
- Before doing any activity, ask yourself, “What’s in it for me?”
Perhaps the ritual of this happy way of life seems ‘complicated’ but it is very easy when you are used to it, it could be a good prefix for practicing living. What do you think? Do you have your own way to live happily and practice to make a living?