It is not compulsory to do yoga every day or be on Ayuvedic diet in order to get benefit from Buddist theory. For your attention proposes you the 3 most important elements that actually form the Buddhist philosophy. They may influence your life greatly.
• Dukkha: Life is nothing more than suffering and pain.
Buddhism is considered to be rather pessimistic, but if to take a closer look, we can see that there is another side of a coin. Yes, our life is full of loss, anxiety and sadness, but we cause more sufferings to ourselves if we try to avoid those difficult emotions. Too high expectations or the desire of some material benefits from life can be a cause for more disappointment and grief. The only way out, according to Buddhist theory, is to learn to accept our sufferings.
How to apply this belief in your everyday life: Accept that aging, death and suffering are a part of your destiny. Realize that life is not as easy and free of emotional and physical pain as shown in fashionable magazines and on TV-screens.
• Anitya: Life is a constant change.
Life will never allow to go back to the moment of the past. As every moment passes, our thoughts are different, the air is different, we are different. This belief is rather comforting for those who are in pain, as if there is nothing eternal, the grief will pass as well. On the other hand, when we feel extremely happy, this notion is not so optimistic. The Anitya belief found its reflection in the words of a famous Heraclitus: “You can never step in the same river twice”.
How to apply this belief in your everyday life: Accept the idea of constant changes. Even despite the fact that this idea is scary to some extend, it helps to cherish those things we are experiencing every day, e. g. love, friendship, youth. It is important to realize that those moments we do not appreciate will soon pass.
• Anatma: Your “self” is at constant change.
Our culture taught us that there is a constant “self” hidden somewhere deep in us. On the contrary, Buddhism implies that there is no fixed “self”. The number of cells, memories and personal stories – all that form our identities are constantly influenced by Anitya, so they are prone to constant changes.
How to apply this belief in your everyday life: Instead of looking for your constant “self”, you can control and create your “self” right now. It is up to your choice how you feel today. If you are feeling depressed today, that does not mean that you will feel that way forever. In every new moment, there is new you.