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Adopting These 7 Buddhist Monk Habits Will Change Your Life Forever


Is there a key to eternal peace and happiness?

And if there is one, what can we possibly do to find it?

The answer to this question is taught and practiced by the Buddhist monks for centuries. Buddhist philosophy is passionately dedicated to teaching us how to find our inner happiness and reduce negative energy through learning to focus our minds on the beauty the present moment brings.

However, with happiness being impermanent, we need to learn a way to continuously renew it. As every other thing, happiness can cease to exist if we neglect to fuel its source.

In order to continue nourishing it, we need to focus on adopting the most important principles and rules on how to lead a serene and happy life.

Rule #1 ~ Outer Decluttering

The first rule Buddhism teaches us is how to achieve freedom with first decluttering our material life. It’s of great value that we don’t dwell on the material world. Although it is very real, it’s also very inconsistent.

Choosing to hold on to the superficiality in our life will make it harder for us to grow spiritually. Learning to let go of the things that are unnecessary for us in order to bloom is the first fundamental step in our spiritual journey of discovering our being.

As the great Dalai Lama once said, “Attachment is the origin, the root of suffering; hence it is the cause of suffering.”


Rule #2 ~ Inner Decluttering

When we’re no longer a victim of our materialistic possessions, it is time to move on to our inner decluttering. Like our surroundings, when heavily disarranged, our minds can cause a mess and it can easily influence our energy flow.

When we realize we’re no longer slaves of the superficial, we’ll be less concerned about trivialities in life. As a result, our minds will become capable of achieving so much more in that divine state of calmness and serenity.

Buddhist monks are taught to do things greatly and genuinely with exceptional altruistic intentions. Whenever they meditate, instead of focusing on themselves only, they have learned the significance and power of meditation for the sake of world peace and general enlightenment.


Rule #3 ~ Meditating as way of Life

One of the most important rules, in order to bring peace as well as maintain it in our existence, is learning the ways of calming our busy minds through meditation or “present-focused awareness.”

Learning to take control of our perplexing mind with the help of proper breathing is a technique that is faithfully practiced for centuries by monks who’ve chosen their path of spiritual awakening.

If we only make up our minds to start practicing meditation for at least 10 minutes a day, instead of wasting our time surfing the Internet, it can undoubtedly change our lives from the very core.


Rule #4 ~ Follow the wisdom old people carry

Buddhist monks perceive older people as great, wise men. They see people shaped by their life experience and knowledge, not by their age numbers. Along their spiritual journey, the monks often seek elder spiritual guidance that can help them on their pilgrimage.

That is why it’s of essential significance to open our minds in order to understand clearly.

Every encounter along the way has a meaning. And every person knows something we don’t. Never forget to be humble enough to admit when you don’t understand something and always be eager to learn more.


Rule #5 ~ Listen closely and without judgment

People naturally tend to judge others. However, according to Buddhism, the most important benefit of communication is listening carefully and free of judgment in order to learn more and eventually free our minds.

Buddhist monks truly believe in understanding through conscious mindfulness, rather than criticizing and judging people.


Rule #6 ~ Change is the ultimate law of the universe

Change is the fundamental constant in life. Everything is eventually subjected to some kind of modification. Our life, our friends, our surroundings, our relationships. Yet, whenever we come across a slight alteration, we find it hard to swallow it.

No matter how terrifying change can sometimes seem, and regardless of the time we need to adapt, change is inevitable for us to grow. We need to embrace spiritual evolving and change as a part of our existence.

There was a quote I once read and stayed in my mind ever since:

“The bad news is nothing lasts forever,
The good news is nothing lasts forever.” – J.Cole


Rule #7 ~ Live in the present moment

It can be difficult for some people to let go and embrace the beauty the present moment holds. Our minds can easily drift away.

But practicing mindfulness can help us refocus and redirect our thoughts on the right path. Monks have enriched their lives through maintaining equilibrium as a result of learning to live in the present moment.

In order to understand the meaning of our existence and fill life with happiness, it is of essential value that we live and cherish the present moment.

Insisting on dwelling on the past only brings regrets, and longing for the future leaves us wondering every time.