Many of us struggle to find peace and learn to live every moment. Instead, we are being distracted by the problems of the past or future. As a result, we live with anxiety and endless problems that are going through our head.
It is not easy. We can’t sleep well nor enjoy peace. In addition, we choose to avoid the problems and hide all those emotions. In the end, it makes it worse. We are filled with negative energy, fear, and instability.
Therefore, we can’t feel comfortable in our own skin. So, what can we do?
Miyamoto Mushashi’s 21 Rules of Life
Miyamoto Mushashi is Japan’s greatest swordsman. Before his death, he wrote 21 rules of life. Each rule tells you how you can accept the circumstances in life and detach yourself from the negative outside forces.
If you follow these rules, you will be able to be in complete control over yourself and feel comfortable with you really are. Furthermore, the only we to be successful is to use these rules continuously.
In other words, you have to change your attitude and actions completely. Here are the rules that can show you how you can rewire your brain.
1. Complaint and Resentment Are Not Appropriate for You or for Others
Complaining won’t get you anywhere. Without proper action, you only fill yourself with toxic energy. As a result, you can’t control yourself. However, you can control how people react to your actions and what they do to change them.
Therefore, you have to stop complaining and sharing resentment to the people around you.
2. Don’t Strive for Good Food
Don’t eat something that tastes good. Instead, eat something that is both healthy and nourishing. This way you can separate yourself from addiction, cravings, and attachment. Including drugs and alcohol.
3. Don’t Keep What You Don’t Need
All that unnecessary clutter in your life doesn’t benefit you in the slightest. That is why you should have what you need. Throw away everything you will never use.
4. Accept Life Just the Way It Is
Acceptance is a crucial attitude that can help you overcome all the challenges in life. This state of mind allows you to be tolerant, calm, and loving. Therefore it can help you overcome every obstacle life throws at you.
5. Don’t Seek Pleasure
We always want more. That is our human nature. However, when we start seeking pleasure for pleasure’s sake, we enter an endless loop of temporary desire. As a result, we can’t satisfy our need for more, so we seek new experiences that can bring that pleasure.
But, if you learn to appreciate every moment, even pleasurable moments, you learn not to succumb to the need for temporary pleasure.
6. Think Deeply of the World, But Lightly of Yourself
When you think you are above everyone else, you amplify your insecurities and ego. While happy people focus on lending a hand to anyone who may need help. Therefore, be humble and try to help others. As a Chinese proverb once said:
“If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.”
7. Don’t Let Separation Make You Sad
It is terrible when you lose the one you love. But, getting submerged by sadness won’t help you or them. Therefore, learn to appreciate what you have and let those feelings toughen you up.
8. Appreciate Where You Are Now
It is more fulfilling to learn to appreciate where you are in life, right now, rather to wish you were someplace different.
9. Don’t Seek Possessions
You might have all the things you wanted to buy. But, what good will come out of it when you are gone. The expensive collection won’t mean anything, so don’t waste your time and effort.
10. You Can Abandon the Body But Never Your Honor
Preserve your honor. What you do in life, defines you. So, don’t do anything that you will regret for the rest of your life.
11. Never Stray From the Right Path
Be humble and do what is right. Plus, always strive to learn and grow to achieve.
12. Don’t Follow Customary Beliefs
Listen to your own common sense. Do what you think is the right thing to do. Follow your own values, not what other people think you should. Therefore, learn to decide for yourself and live your own life. There is no need for someone else to tell you what to do.
13. Don’t Let Lust or Love Cloud Your Judgement
It may seem controversial, but lust forces you to chase your emotions to obtain a temporary fulfillment. Love, however, it is different. It is the most important feeling for many. But, it may also cloud your judgment whenever you have to see something clearly.
14. Don’t Depend on Partial Feelings
Feelings don’t last forever. Instead, they are transient. Therefore, don’t depend on something that may last for a short time.
15. Detach Yourself from Desire
Buddhists say that desire leads to suffering. When you desire something, you are dissatisfied with what you have right now. Therefore, you don’t appreciate what you already own.