We all have areas in our lives that need improvement–whether it’s our careers, relationships, fitness or just overall mental and emotional state. Although making changes in any of these categories sounds like a huge undertaking, it all starts with making goals and taking that first step. Sometimes even that sounds daunting and we need a little bit of inspiration before we can take any steps.
At some point in the various journeys we embark on in our lives, we get to a part where we feel like giving up (guilty - this is how I’ve been feeling lately). Sometimes we give up before we even start and other times we give up just before we are about to make that huge break-through that we…
Putting on Your Oxygen Mask Before Assisting Others = Buddhism?
Some people see Buddhism as a selfish practice. Buddhism, however, isn’t selfish at all, it’s the total opposite. Oxygen masks in airplanes, help to display this in Buddhism. The saying on planes, Put(ting) your oxygen mask on before assisting others, is a selfless teaching. The reason for putting your mask on first, is the Buddhist parallel; “You’ll be no good to anyone if you don’t remain conscious.”
Once you have your mask on things get really exciting on the path. You are then able to help others, by putting their masks on for them. You can guide others to the path; you can become their oxygen line. You can begin to bring them peace. No longer are you seen as selfish, your true nature is seen as a selfless, giving person.
In Buddhism your practice will actually get stronger and grow more rapidly once your mask is on. Once you understand how things work inside you, you’ll naturally begin to see how they work in others the same way. You will discover how things work in other people, and see them as teachings about and for yourself.
To help others, you must help yourself first. If you try to help others initially, you will both remain unconscious and will not be able to guide them to the path. Sometimes what appears to the unskilled eye as a selfish gesture is really the most selfless gesture there is.
It takes great courage to help yourself before helping another. It goes against the nature of self. So put on your mask, help yourself, become conscious, and then you will really be helping others.
I read an article that I found rather interesting, eye-opening. Its about Platinum Repairs (repair Apple products) »
Are you battling to get a job? Seriously, it’s not that hard…
We had approximately 20 responses to our post advertising an admin position in our company. A total of 2.5 (yes, two and a half) people managed to follow the basic instructions given.
Two people responded as per the requirements and another one was almost there, hence the total of 2.5. That means 85% of people didn’t read or respond to the simple instructions.
Almost all of the CV’s look the same - there is not much to set them apart. Even the smallest amount of colour or change in layout would immediately set a CV apart. The majority of CV’s received were attached to a blank email with “Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device”. Seriously? Is that how you hope to land a good job in a “tough” market?
People complain that the job market is tough but with a little effort you can easily set yourself apart from the rest. You don’t have to be brilliant, you just have to be a little better than the rest. A shotgun approach (spraying the market with your CV) isn’t going to help you. Take some time and put some effort in. It will do wonders.
It goes without saying that we are now battling with the decision of who to hire between the 2.5 respondents.
You don’t know what you’re missing until you give yourself a glimpse of a better life. If you want your future to be better than the present, you have to be willing to change some of the unhealthy habits you’re doing today in order to make room for a new way of life.
Get off of autopilot, pay attention to what’s happening in this moment, and be present so you can become aware of the current thoughts. Let yourself be guided by what is good for you. And remember, always love yourself and be good to yourself.
You are in control, and you are calling the shots in your life. This is the greatest gift you can give yourself!
“Writing is like everything else: the more you do it the better you get. Don’t try to perfect as you go along, just get to the end of the damn thing. Accept imperfections. Get it finished and then you can go back. If you try to polish every sentence there’s a chance you’ll never get past the first chapter.”—Iain Banks (via writingbox)