In my quest for wellness I found Buddhism. The mindfulness aspect of DBT was something that was helping me and after some further research I started to look into Buddhism. It seemed the Buddhist concept of mindfulness was a far cry from the western take. Mindfulness meant meditation.
I bought some books and started reading. I’ve never considered myself a religious or spiritual persons but the basic principles seemed go make a lot of sense in a logical way.
The four noble truths
So all life is suffering, oh great.
But it is a fundamental truth of all our lives, at some point we will suffer. Life cannot always be just pleasure there is also pain.
Origin of suffering (Samudaya)
The origin or our suffering is craving. This one really does make sense, we always want more. We achieve what we want but the happiness is short lived as there is always something else we want.
Cessation of suffering (Nirodha)
Letting go of craving, for me this seems close to radical acceptance in DBT. Sometimes we just need to let things go, find some kind of acceptance and move on.
Path to the cessation of suffering (Magga)
This is described as following the Eightfold Path, a sort of set of morals based on ethical conduct, wisdom and Meditation.
Right understanding, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration.
I will at some future point expand on the list above and how the various aspects have caused me to rethink parts of my life.
Whilst I still wouldn’t really consider myself a Buddhist, remembering these basic principles is helpful, it reminds me of what I need to let go of and makes me feel less hopeless.
Meditation is something I now practice regularly and it has helped endlessly in making me calmer and increasing my concentration, I feel like it has given me insight into myself and my crazy thoughts.
While Buddhism isn’t going to be for everyone, mediation can be practiced in many ways and I would recommend giving it a try.