My Human Revolution

“Buddhism holds that everything is in a constant state of flux.  Thus the question is whether we are to accept change passively and be swept away by it or whether we are to take the lead and create positive changes on our own initiative.”  Daisaku Ikeda 1990. 

I often find myself swept away in life’s events.  Whether it’s the daily stuff like trying to get the kids out the door in the morning with missing shoes and half brushed hair, or finding myself with a huge pile of laundry and a broken washing machine.  One thing is for sure: we don’t know exactly what will manifest in our life from one moment to the next.  As a Buddhist I try and self reflect and make appropriate personal changes which assist me in those critical moments when I need to stay calm in the face of my daughter’s smirky behavior or when a work deal goes to awry.  In Buddhism we call this human revolution and the more we do it the better prepared we are for life’s surprises. 

Any kind of personal change is admirable.  In fact, it is one of the hardest things to accomplish.  If you’ve ever tried to lose weight or quit smoking you know how resistant even our bodies are to change.  We have to become the masters of our own minds and do what might feel uncomfortable at first.  As I do my human revolution and make those changes which will allow me to propel my life forward rather than simply reacting to whatever the day brings, I will blog.

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