Everyone can harness inner peace and joy with Buddhist principles

Buddhist Monks are well known for their patience, compassion, peaceful nature and simple lifestyle. They achieve this level of spiritual awareness through several practices and life applications.

Everyone needs to know, accessing these inner strengths and characteristics are not meant for the select few. Buddhist monks are an example of the type of spiritual heights attainable. Likewise, we are all capable of such discipline, wisdom, and joy.



Practice makes perfect

Some specific principles will guide the way towards the lifestyle you seek. Here is a list of practical steps to reach your goal.


Keep it Simple

KIS, or keep it simple is a motto. It’s true in everything.

Attachment to material objects and a lifestyle pursuing more material things, encourages greed, security from outside the self, and a constant striving to be better than others. There is no peace in this lifestyle. Getting back to basics and finding contentment in what we already have is liberating.

Living with necessities and focusing on spiritual enlightenment is what Buddhist monks do. We can all follow this principle by maintaining the things we need to live in peace while simultaneously not running after material possessions. Inner peace grows from keeping life simple.



De-clutter the mind

Extraneous thoughts come and go without our will or consent. However, after an idea comes to us, we can ignore it, contemplate it or discard it altogether. Clearing the mind works for hand and hand with meditation. Both cultivate one another.

Our thoughts create our realities. This fact makes it essential to stay focused on the things we want in our lives, not the things we do not desire. Realizing the oneness that we all share with each other and the world around us, is virtually miraculous. It might cultivate gratitude. Gratitude is an essential element towards spiritual enlightenment. Being thankful for all that we have enables us to move forward to receive even more to be grateful. In another word, count all your blessings.


Follow the footsteps of the wise

No matter what religion or belief system you ascribe to, many wise men and women walked before us. There are also fools we can learn from as well. Sages have written volumes of insightful information for antiquity. As recipients of this information, our respect and awareness of this inheritance will only serve us positively.

Buddhist monks have age-old traditions as do many cultures and spiritual practices. If we are wise, we will listen to their insights, apply them to our lives and increase our joy in this world.

Likewise, everyone can learn from another. Each person has an experience that we do not have. With an open mind, we can learn something from everyone.



Actively listen without judgment

Active listening is a skill. It takes a keen mind and the will to pay attention. Many people talk an don’t say very much. Others speak little and mean very much. Discernment and compassion are two crucial elements to active listening.

Many people engage in conversation while waiting only to respond. This is counterintuitive to relating ideas. It does not allow for a more profound understanding of conveyed information. Buddhists believe there is no place for criticism or judging others. Instead, they seek to understand through mindfulness.

This practice will foster self-respect as well as respect for others.



Ancient tradition, religion, and communication take form through meditation. Meditation allows focus to shift from the outside world to a world vibrant and alive with energies and feelings without limit. This discipline trains the mind to focus and attain mental clarity. Additionally, this practice calms the soul and heals the heart.

Several methods are available to enter a quiet place in the mind to enable effective meditation. Furthermore, it helps children and adults to calm themselves and sharpen the brain and mind’s eye.

Meditation practice can take place anytime and anywhere. Of course, it is best to have a particular space with elements around you to aid your quieting of the mind. The more you practice this technique, the easier it will become.



Live in the moment

Feel the water, the temperature, and the flow as you wash your hands. The soap as it lathers and bubbles are sensations both visual and sensual that will help to live in the moment no matter what mundane action you find yourself doing. The feelings in our mental awareness become central in our minds as we pay attention. Another example could be a conversation. Look at your friend while they speak. Watch facial expressions, notice a smile or a frown, the excitement or sadness of their voice.

All these elements help to maintain a level of current interaction. Accordingly, during difficult times, know that this moment will pass and it must follow its processes. Accepting with patience while knowing, whatever happens, is for the best, is key to living in the moment.

Good and bad things make up every moment. Enjoy the good, and appreciate the outcome of anything difficult. Because, whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.

Buddhists practice beautiful and joyful life principles. We can all practice similarly to gain enlightenment and inner peace. Indeed, those are goals worth striving.

References: Kadampa Meditation Center, Buddhism Beliefs, Encyclopedia Britanica