“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.” ~ Buddha; ascetic and sage, spiritual teacher.
“We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.” ~ George Bernard Shaw; Irish playwright, critic and polemicist.
Most of us believe that our actions will make a dent in time and space for the creation of our path to better health, better economy, and better relationships overall; however, we often get so caught up and lost into the murky waters of our thoughts of anxiety and stress that we think that we are making the right choices and cementing a solid path to individual success and all bliss. There is no solid path to bliss though, no direct path to what we deserve or want, but only the capacity to learn and discover wisdom within ourselves through all the rich experiences (some pleasant, some unpleasant) we live as human beings; hence, life is not bias or egotistical, life is pure and free-flowing, not tied to anything like we are tied to our views and opinions, to our intellect and knowledge of the world around us, so we must discover the truth to follow within ourselves and our hearts, and not follow the opinions and biased views of our own intellects.
It happens all too often that we have a death in the family, go through bankruptcy, or through some other personal tragedy, so we build a wall around our hearts and we weaken the ability to all emotional intelligence and human connection while trying to protect us from the blow. We feel miserable and treated unfairly even though we wear a smile on our face and go through life like everything is perfect, but inside there is always something which does not feel right and, perhaps, makes us feel inferior at something or broken or suspicious at others.
Failure at creating rich value within ourselves, and thus keeping our feelings bottled up by not sharing and connecting with others, will rob us of the discovery of wisdom within ourselves to create all beauty and success in our life. And true wisdom is not something you find in the experiences you live (although that seems to be the main consensus nowadays, among all the divorces and the wars and the corruption going on around us), but true wisdom to enrich your own life is found within yourself by stopping your ego (the everyday monkey mind that goes 100 mph within you) and absorbing the details of your outward experiences–i,e. being curious about your own life, as in: Why did this happen right at the time it happened…?? What is the significance of the things I feel based on what happened…?? Why do I react the way I do to what is happening…?? Etc. etc.
We cannot expect to find wisdom out there, in our relationships, in our actions, and in all the events out there; but we must be diligent and curious about inquiring within our own selves at all times, which is when we find out that we are all we need to reach all success in life. Once you discover this within yourself, than you accept yourself as you are and feel, and accept others as they are and feel as well, and you then reach true and immense wisdom which creates enormous value to connect with others and build bridges to all prosperity out into the world around you and far from all anxiety and stress brought by your intellect/ego.