What is Buddhism?
To many, Buddhism goes beyond religion and is more of a philosophy or “way of life.” It is a philosophy because philosophy means ‘love of wisdom’ and Buddhist path can be summed up as:
(1) to lead a moral life
(2) to be mindful and aware of thoughts and actions
(3) to develop wisdom and understanding
How does this apply to self-help?
(1 & 2) If you are someone who wants to make any kind of change or improvement on yourself, you are more than likely going to have to change your ways or a way you live your day to day life. You have to change your daily thoughts and feelings about the things that you would like to change or improve upon. Now that doesn’t mean that everything you do and think has to change. But it’s more about creating a more efficient way to achieving your goals by following a set of morals, principles or rules for yourself- just like in Buddhism. For example, if your goal is to lose 10 pounds in 2 months you’re not going to continue to follow your old diet of sugary drinks and junk food. If you’re serious about losing the weight, then you’ll convert to a more balanced diet with proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Or if your diet isn’t the problem, you might make an effort to exercise more. Take the steps that make sense for you.
(3) The more knowledge and understanding you have on what you want to change in your life, the easier it’ll be for you to make that change. You wouldn’t go to the gym and do squats every day if your goal is to lean out. That’s what the treadmill is for. You have to have a decent amount of knowledge on the change you want to make in order to dedicate yourself to every aspect of the change. Through your journey of making whatever change you wish to make, you will naturally acquire more knowledge on the subject.
If you’re reading this, I want you to ask yourself, “Is there something I’d like to change or improve upon in my life?” If the answer is yes, then apply the above knowledge about Buddhism I’ve left you to what you would like to change. Even if you’re Christian, Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, etc. this article can help you. I want you to read this article as a philosophy NOT a religion.