Your inner life is the realm of your private thoughts and values. Your emotions, fantasies, spirituality, capacity to love, desires, and sense of purpose. In other words, your inner life is who you are on the inside. It is where you deal with your emotions, your degree of self-awareness, your sense of clarity about life, and your capacity for calm.
Our perception of our reality is based on our beliefs. Our beliefs are the lens we see the world. When we wear an orange lens, everything would have a tint of orange. Whatever bit of orange that’s out there would become magnified. On the other hand, even if there’s no orange in some places, we would see orange in them, because that’s the base color of our lens.
We need to experience something directly in order to really learn what it’s about. This is wisdom, as opposed to knowledge much like you’d acquire in a class at school, a parrot-like type of learning that serves as a nice basis for establishing the necessary foundation for certain larger tasks, but which can serve little real use elsewhere particularly in advancing your well-being.
This week I would like to revisit the basics of Buddhism. It is often said that we forget what we learn in order to make room for new knowledge. Now whether this is true or not is debatable but lets face it – we are human and we can and do forget. so lets begin with the many forms of Buddhism.
The Buddha taught that to realize enlightenment, a person must develop two qualities: wisdom and compassion. So if a fulfilling life is what you are after, or if you want to add some unexpected joy to your life, work in service of others. I am not referring to jobs or bosses in the traditional sense though these too can been seen as service to others. It’s truly a delicate exchange.
Learning is a journey that includes everything we have learned in and out of classrooms, that is, how we engage with our world often shapes what we know and experience. The most important thing in learning is understanding and application – to walk through the full cycle of learning is to try out different routes and options and learn from them. Giving yourself those opportunities for learning results in building a mindset of possibility.