Zen Buddhism – A Daily Reminder

All that we are is the result of what we have thought
– Buddha

For starters, I want to remind you that I was raised in a Christian family household. I do believe in the Christian views, but some of the views of Zen Buddhism has always left me more intrigued, especially when it comes to peace of mind.Yes, I still do some of the Western traditions of medications and health, but I believe part of me should be more spiritual in believing in peace. What always interest me in the Buddha himself was his dedication and within the days he’d spent meditating, he found full realization and was able to melt into one radiant state of intuitive bliss.

I’ve recently discovered that my birth mother was Buddhist herself. I can now see why I would naturally gravitate towards Buddha and his teachings. I’ll be honest, I am a quote type of person and will stick good quotes around my work and living arrangements for a good mental reminder. Some of my quotes I have snuck in my work notebook are “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions” – Dalai Lama or “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment” – Buddha. In my opinion, Buddhism is one of the most peaceful and soul searching religions out there. I’m not saying everyone should drop whatever they believe in for this religion, but this one was one of the ones that definitely deserves a second look.

One of the best, and most thoughtful gift anyone could have gotten for me is the mixture of Buddha and fashion into one. Alex and Ani are one of my favorite companies and I love their charm bangles. Sometimes the jingle noises of all the charms on my bracelets brings a smile to my face. Alex and Ani created a Buddha charm bangle. My mother, being a hard devoted christian and rose me to be a strict one as well (and if you haven’t noticed who won this battle…) bought this for me. One, she wanted to remind me about the love my mother gave to me through Buddha by helping me grow up to the person I am today. Two, my mother knows all about my anxiety and depression and knows how “visual” of a person I am. Whenever I feel lost, upset, or less than happy, I take a look at my Buddha charm and smile. Seeing him meditating in peace reminds me, “That can be me”. As silly as this may sound, but a simple charm or symbol means the world to me and my general attitude. Sometimes I believe that Buddha’s good soul travels into my blood whenever I wear his charm.

So Buddha, the charm, is my daily look onto myself on “everything will be okay”. Do you have any kind of symbol or jewelry that reminds you of the same way my Buddha charm means to me?

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