Hey there! This is Week 48 of my blog series where I keep myself accountable by keeping an online journal of sorts. You can read the beginning of this story — Why I quit my job to study, volunteer and travel.
When I picked up a book by the same name, I thought that the book would be about staying true to ourselves and our values etc in a world that is so hell bent on telling us what to do, eat, listen and control every aspect of life.
But to my surprise, the book was about the mechanics of an impregnable fort as taught by Buddha.
In this article I will attempt to draw insights from his teachings and apply the same us. People who’s minds are being invaded from various directions.
As you read, you may be tempted to think, what this article is about.
Let me tell you, it is about defending your mind from an invasion of crap from the TV, Radio, Internet and the world. It is a way for us to fortify our mind the same way that Buddha recommended safeguarding our fortress.
It is often said that we are what we eat. Similarly, the same applies to our mind. It becomes what we feed it. (If you are reading this, I am sure you are doing OK, but there is always scope for progress right?)
Here is what can be done to fortify our mind —
The same way an enemy comes to shake down the pillar in front of a fortress, the world is out to change the way we eat, drink and behave. We will only give it to their persuasion if our pillars are not laid out well enough. But the moment that we have our values / principles sorted, then just like the attackers, others will eventually tire and leave us alone.
Having values / principles do not hold you down or make you inflexible. They provide a framework of things that you do or no do. They also help to free up immense amount of mental decision making as everything is now not a complex decision. It is as simple as — Does this form a part of my values or principles. Yes or No. Proceed accordingly.
“Principles are concepts that can be applied over and over again in similar circumstances as distinct from narrow answers to specific questions. Every game has principles that successful players master to achieve winning results. So does life. Principles are ways of successfully dealing with the laws of nature or the laws of life.”~Ray Dalio
I feel that success and failure are both sides of the same coin. We need to not only survive by thrive through these events in order to have a balanced life.
The four-fold army is the strength inside. It needs a lot of discipline, training and support. (just like the army needs a vast support system). A system or a routine needs to be developed in order to develop this strength so that we can throw out the enemy.
Doing small things that challenge us on a regular basis, meditation, work outs, pushing our selves at work. These are all small ways to feed the army inside our head and to make it stronger. To prepare it for the impending war. If they are never trained, it will never be able to handle life’s vicissitudes. Self imposed disruption is better than disruption that is thrown at us by life.
So prepare and develop that army. Develop that courage, stregth and will.
Gatekeepers and high thick walls are important are important because we think what we feed our mind. Our thoughts later manifest themselves in the universe. So whether we think positive or negative, the universe will have a way to bring them to life. So we need to be very careful about where we spend our brain-power on. For each and every wish that we want to come true, there is a higher power that is conspiring to make it happen.
Don’t believe me? Just have faith. There is not much more than that I can say in order to convince you. But here is the thing, there is a lot of shit, crap and non-sense that is out there in the world. Search, seek and find only those things that find and add meaning to your life. Destroy the rest, you deserve better. You know I am right. Unfriend, unlike and unfollow that piece of shit that keeps appearing in your newsfeed.
Strive towards a better day tomorrow, filled with more positivity and optimism.
Keep those walls up and make only the most important things enter.
How do we decide what is important and what is not? Try and answer a few important questions about that content you are consuming and the ideas that you discuss.
Your answers will determine your way forward.
Here is what all I did this week —
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Originally published at medium.com