Using Life Well

Day 256

Affirmation: 

May I have the opportunity today to help someone in need of my love and support.

I shall not waste this life in useless pursuits but use it well to bring benefit and happiness to the world.

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Today’s affirmation was written by the late Most Venerable Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda Nayaka Maha Thera; his words are a small portion of a Buddhist morning prayer.  When I read the words I knew I had to share them.  What a beautiful way to begin a morning – intending to help others and bringing happiness to the world.

A tremendously important aspect of an authentic and empowered walk thru life is the giving of ourselves to others.  A selfless interest in the well-being of others naturally flows from the heart that has found wholeness.

Supporting others can take infinite forms.  It may involve emotional support, money, services, or just being present with someone.  Allowing another their privacy and giving someone a second chance are a  few less obvious ways we can give to others.

Whatever we do that promotes and uplifts another to their highest potential and greatest happiness, is giving.  And, one of the Universe’s magical Truths is that when we give of ourselves we are simultaneously giving to ourselves, so we really are uplifting the whole world.

 

If you’re interested in learning more about Buddhist prayers and practices this is a wonderful book by Thich Nhat Hanh

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