Before, I decided to let go of all my possessions and live a simple and poor life on a farm. There are many reasons why I made this decision, from spiritual to mundane. But the simplest explanation is ‘I want to be free’.
I always feel tied up in a job that doesn’t go the way the company wants. I was touched by the onslaught of corporate media that kept telling me that I was only once happy and that I longed for the opportunity to practice Buddhism in peace and sobriety. awake.
So I shrunk my world down to what could fit in an army duffel bag, and I swapped out my khaki pants and polo shirt for work boots and jeans. I found freedom on the farm, but not in the way I imagined and certainly not quickly. Instead, the first months of my farm life were filled with confusion and misery. My notions of what it would be like to be idyllic growing and producing my own food were replaced by the drudgery of the laborious realities of half-time labor completed in the scorching sun.
Every morning, my legs and shoulders ached, after I struggled to recover from the last few days. My hands are stiff and my biceps are also very painful from chopping firewood. However, in addition to the physical struggle, there is also the mental disturbance of play; A chaos that revolves around two inevitable truths: when I’m hungry, I need to eat, when I’m tired, I need to sleep. My life, like the life of every living thing on the planet, revolves around these simple truths.
In his spiritual journey, the Buddha himself, when he had not attained Buddhahood, also experienced extremes by two extremes, when he was still the Eastern Palace Crown Prince, he enjoyed excessive pleasure until he left home to practice suffering. excessive conduct, hoping on the journey of practice will find freedom. However, the pleasures of hedonism are fleeting, and in the practice of asceticism in the mountains, the body is crushed to death. Having had a body of the four elements, he could not escape the reality of the material world. He chose to seek freedom from within.
He is according to natural conditions, eat when hungry, sleep when sleepy. These facts are indisputable. Those who have found liberation by changing lives with compassion and wisdom instead of greed and anger.
After eight months of living and working, I realized that I had to follow the Buddha’s example. I realized that I cannot escape the cycle of reincarnation, but I can choose to live, find freedom in bondage.
Over the years, I have added a mindset of gratitude to my daily practice. It’s simple: I look at the material things in the room around me and describe simple ways they improve my life, with particular emphasis on whether they help meet my basic physical needs. my daily routine like eating, sleeping or not.
For example, I might look at a lamp and say, “The lamp helps me work at night without straining my eyes. It helps me earn money to buy food.”
The same goes for experiences and ideas. For example, I might say, “Biking every day helps me relax after a long day at work and improves the quality of my sleep.”
If I find an object or experience in my life that interferes with my ability to eat, sleep, or experience peace, I remove it. In this way, in my daily life, I ceaselessly let go of whatever interferes with my sense of freedom and express my gratitude for the things that make life in the material world more enjoyable. .
This is the heart of Buddhist practice. This is liberation: letting go of the things that hurt us and accepting that, in life, we cannot separate everything.
Caption: Author Sensei Alex Kakuyo is a reporter for BDG North America. He is a Buddhist teacher. Before approaching the golden path of compassion, wisdom, strength, freedom and equality, Buddhism, he was a Marine, he served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He earned a BA in philosophy from Wabash University, Crawfordsville is a city in Montgomery County in west-central Indiana, United States, and it’s been his lifelong work to help students have the right mindset to bridge the gap. distance between finite and infinite. Using methods of movement, meditation, and gratitude, he helps them find inner peace in every moment.