Our Straight Edge Public Service Announcement
By Damian Hospital
Following these eight perspectives would be beneficial to you:
1) Understand that there is pain and suffering this the world (including your own) but that we have control over how we deal with it, and our perceptions can alleviate it. Know that your own delusions, attachments, and desires lead to your own stress and unrest. Realize that nothing is permanent, everything is temporary, and everything changes. Nothing lasts forever, so don’t expect it to be. Accepting this is the first and hardest step.
2) Have good and productive intentions: make sure your true motivations are not selfish, harmful, or wishing ill-will, no matter who or the person is or what the thing is.
3) Lying, deceiving, misleading, taunting, insulting, demeaning, gossiping, and using speech to break people apart, or cause discord will lead to more trouble and suffering for everyone involved. Use words that are meaningful, peaceful, and healing.
4) Have a strong ethical code, which includes taking right actions and having correct moral conduct. Refrain from killing living things, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying, and clouding your mind with drugs or overindulging with alcohol.
5) Avoid having a job that directly or indirectly results in harm to other living beings or ecosystems. Such occupations include arms dealing, drug dealing, polluting, slavery (including prostitution or taking advantage of unfortunate people), killing living things, cheating, and other dishonest means of gaining wealth, such as scams.
6) Your actions and thoughts should prevent unwholesome (bad) things from happening to you or others, and to stop them if they do occur. You should put a focused effort into producing wholesome things, and to cultivate them and follow through with them once they have occurred.
7) Frequent meditation helps to keep the mind trained to remain in the present- open, quiet, and alert, contemplating the present event. This helps to avoid judgments and interpretations. Even if they do occur, having this correct mindfulness will allow these wrong judgments to be registered and dropped.
8) Keep focused and concentrated on whatever you are doing, but have the awareness of the first 7 points. Sensuality, laziness, worrying, anger, hatred, frustration, attachment, and craving get in the way of focusing on the bigger picture in life. It is difficult to see the true reality with all of these hinderances. Once the mind achieves a complete one-pointedness, nothing can distract the individual from the object of contemplation.
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