Mindfulness: What Values & Beliefs are needed to live a good life.

Leave the first response February 8, 2015 / Posted in Mindful Business, Mindful Leadership, Mindfulness

How does one touch the heart?

How does one experience a change of heart?

What does it take to realize that?

Albert Einstein reminded us: Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

I found it interesting that this ad was by a life insurance company. What really does insure a life well lived? A good life? How does one change the values and beliefs that one has grown up with. Values and beliefs being like the water a fish lives in? Or the ocean of air we live in?

People are not born with any values or beliefs. Our values and beliefs infiltrate the most basic parts of our being from those around us. They are like contagious diseases, spread by those whoa re had by them to newcomers to the group.

There is no necessary correlation between what people say and what they do. There is a close correlation between what people value and believe and what they accomplish.

Values and beliefs are the software that energies, guides, channels, filters, an screens all of our attention and all of our actions. What we value and what we believe not only defines who we are, but how things will turn out for us in the end.

Some provocations along those lines:

If you don’t value accomplishment over activity, your life will be more or less a random sequence of activities.

If you don’t get the software right, the hardware isn’t going to make much difference one way or the other.

What you don’t understand of your owns values and beliefs will make you more a victim of them. The ones you haven’t consciously chosen will penetrate you from outside sources.

What you don’t understand of the values and beliefs of others–whether enemies, competitors, friends, or partners–will leave you naked and vulnerable on the playing field.

Values and beliefs are not what make the world go round. They are the world around which everything else revolves

Lee Thayer: Leadership: Thinking, Being, Doing p.303-304

This is where I find myself returning to the Kalama Sutra• Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it,
• Nor traditions because they are old and have been handed down from generation to generation and in many locations,
• Nor in rumor because it has been spoken by many,
• Nor in writings by sages because sages wrote them,
• Nor in one’s own fancies, thinking that it is such an extraordinary thought, it must have been inspired by a god or higher power,
• Nor in inferences drawn from some haphazard assumption made by us,
• Nor in what seems to be of necessity by analogy,
• Nor in anything merely because it is based on the authority of our teachers, masters, and elders,.

However, after thorough observation, investigation, analysis and reflection, when you find that anything agrees with reason and your experience, and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, and of the world at large; accept only that as true, and shape your life in accordance with it; and live up to it.

These words, the Buddha went on to say, must be applied to his own teachings.

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