A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

Becoming a radical

Everyone I know, including myself has things about them they wish they could change. For some of us we want to lose weight, and every January the gyms fill up with new clients determined to lose that spare tire, yet for many by March the membership is just another piece of paper we carry around. For others, it’s to quit smoking, drinking, or to get more sleep, spend more quality time with our loved ones. For many, there are several changes, we wish to make.

Using the gym example, exercise alone won’t deliver the results you want. Go to the gym, watch these fitness types who burn off 500 calories in a workout, then walk over to the beverage counter, and polish off a smoothie with 600 calories. The key to achieving a healthy weight, is to make lifestyle changes that are maintainable, and not focus on short-term solutions. The changes in your diet, amount of water consumed, and getting  regular sleep will have more of an impact, than going to the gym.

Changing our lives isn’t easy for most of us. We want to spend more time with our family, but there’s always a need to pay for something. Keeping up with the Jonses, isn’t as easy as it was in the 60s or 70s. Today at work our bosses expect us to do more with less, be flexible, adaptive and get it done yesterday. So making a change in one area will lead to a ripple effect throughout our lives, so how do we manage the process to end up with a happier more fulfilling life, and make those who we love happier as well.

By becoming a Radical, yup it’s time to make a radical change in your life. No I’m not talking about changing your hair color, or covering up your gray hair. I won’t even recommend that you run off and join a monastery; it wouldn’t help unless you were ready for it. So what is radical, an approach based on Respect, Acceptance, Desire, Ingenuity, Compassion, Acknowledgement, Love.

So that’s what  will leave you with today, give you some time to think about being a radical, and what radical changes you want to make in your life. Tomorrow I’ll explain why respect is a fundamental principle, and what is entailed in making it work for you. Thereafter I’ll add one more section each day.

This isn’t a roadmap, rather the tools for you to find what works best for your situation. Each of us has different needs, and they change over time. What I needed as a teenager definitely wouldn’t do today. However these tools can help you suffer less, and make those around you happier through helping them to reduce their suffering.

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  1. I know you’re right, Keith. Congratulations on having the strength and commitment to make those changes.

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