Once you learn Japanese Buddhist Master Miyamoto Mushashi’s 21 rules of life, you’ll be much stronger

Life is tough.

No matter who you are and what you do, we all encounter obstacles and situations that never seem fair.

One of the most difficult things to accept is that suffering is part of life.

But if we’re going to get on with our lives and make the most of the one chance we’re given, it’s crucial that we do.

So, given that our minds are designed to lean towards the negative and worry about the future, how can we learn to accept life as it is, so we can live in the present moment?

According to mindfulness expert Lachlan Brown, following Japanese Buddhist master Miyamoto Mushashi’s 21 rules of life is essential to live a life of peace, happiness and present moment awareness.

Miyamoto Mushashi is known as Japan’s greatest ever swordsman, and he wrote these 21 profound rules 2 weeks before his death.

Check them out and prepare to have your mind blown.

1. Accept everything just the way it is.

2. Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.

3. Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.

4. Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.

5. Be detached from desire your whole life long.

6. Do not regret what you have done.

7. Never be jealous.

8. Never let yourself be saddened by a separation.

9. Resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for oneself nor others.

10. Do not let yourself be guided by the feeling of lust or love.

11. In all things have no preferences.

12. Be indifferent to where you live.

13. Do not pursue the taste of good food.

14. Do not hold on to possessions you no longer need.

15. Do not act following customary beliefs.

16. Do not collect weapons or practice with weapons beyond what is useful.

17. Do not fear death.

18. Do not seek to possess either goods or fiefs for your old age.

19. Respect Buddha and the gods without counting on their help.

20. You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honour.

21. Never stray from the Way.


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  1. Personally, I regard the life is suffering quote as a bit overdramatic. I think that life is struggle, struggle is growth and growth is continuous.

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