I was reading the ten must read Life Lessons from Buddha and thinking about the New Year that is coming in the next few days. I began to think that if we read the top ten lessons, and applied them to our physical and mental health, wouldn't that be the greatest alternative health suggestion one could give for New Years?
Though I will not go through all ten readings, I want to start with the suggestion that it is okay to start small. For so many of us, we think we need to start big. Saying like "the bigger the better" is how many of us live our lives. However, those who live their lives by understanding that a glass of water is filled drop by drop probably have less anxiety and more patience. It could be a great idea to think about ways to start small. Perhaps your New Years goal is to lose weight, try losing ten pounds rather than 40 pounds. You will feel the success much sooner. In Tucson, Weight Watchers is a great way to start a small goal.
One of the readings I enjoyed was Thoughts Become Things. In order to live your life happy, then it would make sense to do things and surround yourself with people and events that make you happy. Over the years I notices people are like water, and water follows the stream. Make sure your stream is filled with goodness. In my 20's when I was an alcoholic, my streams of people were all alcoholics. I also listened to gossip, therefore I was surrounded by people who spread poison with gossip. Today I am in recovery and do not know anyone in my circle of friends with a drinking problem, and I do not hang out with people who use words to poison people. It is very simple. Take action and be sure to have the people in your life have positive thoughts and outlooks. This could be difficult. In Tucson, I tell people to join meetup.com and see what common healthy interest others may have.
One of the top ten readings included being thankful. The most miserable people that I have watched lack gratitude. They may say they are thankful, but they always complain and find fault. There are so many people that look to find fault rather than just being grateful. I always tell people it is impossible to be powerful and pitiful at the same time, and when you have gratitude, you cannot be pitiful at the same time. I try to say the word thank you ten times a days. Even if I say it to the universe, being grateful is healthy. In fact studies show people who practice gratitude are healthier mentally and physically. So this year, take the time to say THANK YOU.
Finally, one of my top ten reads was Live in Peace. For those who know me, my logo and my sign off is "walk in peace". I cannot imagine living life without practicing peace. Before I learned to practice peace, I drank, smoked, gossiped, I was always angry, and rarely walked my talk. When I found peace, and discovered peace can only be found within, and I had to discover it, I was able to redefine who I was, and live my life mentally, physically and spiritually happier. I no longer needed to procrastinate, as I knew procrastination was a restless soul, I no longer needed the vices like alcohol or tobacco. I knew that my inner peace was all I needed to keep me walking a higher ground and walking my talk to the best of my ability. I love Tucson sunsets and I try to either start my day with a sunrise or end my day with a sunset. This brings me inner peace. How you discover your inner peace is up to you.
You may want to read the 10 Must Read Life Lessons from Buddha and learn how you can apply this to your new year's goals and be healthier mentally, spiritually and physically. Who knew reading a few words could be a great tool for alternative health? Happy New Year!