News flash, I’m officially a Buddhist!
For these who know me a bit better, I was born and raised as an atheist and that I am quite skeptical of most major religions, so to suddenly become a Buddhist can be very surprising to many people.
This decision can quite suddenly to me and I was not really looking for any specific religion to convert myself to, but I was jealous of people who believe in higher power as they are said to live on average 20% longer than people who don’t believe in anything. There are many explanations for why this is the case, but in case of Buddhists, they don’t really believe in God, to say that there is another sort of belief in play.
Here perhaps it is important to say that I am still rather new to Buddhism, so I may get some things wrong, but the following were the two big reasons why I like Buddhism:
1) Meditation / Mindfulness / Power of Now – What all these term have in common is that they bring persons awareness to a present moment. Indeed happiness cannot be found in the past or future, but only in the present, so while setting goals and thinking about both past and future is important, I believe that people are spending too much time in these two dimensions. Indeed, high performance is only possible with full attention to the task, which is in the now, so that’s just another benefit of being of life in present moment, which Buddhism proposes.
2) Disconnecting from material world – By this I mean do disconnect from modern day disease called materialism. As it happens most people live for the sake of making money, which they need to buy cool stuff. In this way materialism can be fulfilling if we have unlimited amounts of money to fulfill our limitless desires, which few of us do, and rather unfulfilling if we cannot have what we want, we can become rather negative, depressed and spend years of life and tons of energy to get that illusive something that we think we might want. Indeed, the common myth that more material things is better is WRONG. After we have satisfied our basic needs, which are essentially, food, shelter and security, which almost every in modern society has, everything else is virtually unnecessary. Yet, most people are forever incomplete because they forever chasing the dream that society has promised, but which most of us will not experience.
Still people don’t have to become Buddhists to enjoy benefits I just described and of course there is more to Buddhism that I described. Personally once I embraced Buddhism I have liberated myself from a lot of daily worries and burdens. This in turn liberated enough of my attention to see what is more important to me and I am feeling rather happy most of the time, which is an enlightenment of its own. Wouldn’t you agree?