7 simple yet powerful guidelines that provide a compass for navigating life harmoniously and spreading compassion and kindness
• Offers 7 guidelines for living a life of harmony and peace based on existing guidance from Buddhism, Christianity, and Yoga, integrated and updated for the modern world
• Explains how to implement the guidelines in daily life on a practical basis, with real-life examples, techniques, and meditations to support each guideline
• Illustrates in-depth how and why each of these recommendations hold value and how they provide a set of tools to help us deal with life’s ups and downs more skillfully, mindfully, and compassionately
In our very busy world it is easy to get lost in the details and demands of everyday living. Fatigued and overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information, the myriad of choices our technologically advanced communication era seems to offer, we lose sight of what life is all about. How do we find balance and harmony in this overloaded world? And how do we to navigate life in tune with our soul as well as with modern society?
As author Darren Cockburn explains, we are all part of one big universal Process that encompasses and connects everythingevery thought, emotion, action, all there is. Over the centuries, religions and philosophies have provided direction on how to act ethically and in accordance with this Process, yet in our modern world, these “commandments” may seem outdated or too rigid. Integrating and updating existing guidance from Buddhism, Christianity, and Yoga, the author offers 7 guidelines for living a life of harmony and balance: honor the body, bring acceptance and awareness to every moment, act with kindness, understand the truth and communicate it skillfully, do what needs to be done, harmoniously obtain and retain only what you need, and be aware and present with how you engage in the digital world. He illustrates how and why each of these recommendations hold value, revealing their interconnections, and explains how to implement them practically in daily life, sharing real-life examples as well as techniques and meditations to support each guideline and deepen your existing spiritual practice.
The author explores how the 7 easy-to-practice guidelines help us gain a deeper understanding of the universal Process of life, as well as provide a set of tools to help us deal with life’s ups and downs more skillfully. They enable us to face life empowered and confident, peacefully observe and accept what life throws at us, cultivate compassion and kindness, as well as spread mindfulness to those around us. Practiced together, these guidelines provide a simple yet powerful compass to guide you to a peaceful mind and harmonious living, much needed in today’s world.
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About the Author
Darren Cockburn has been practicing meditation and mindfulness for over 20 years, studying with a range of teachers from different religions. As a coach and teacher, he has supported hundreds of people in meditation, mindfulness, and finding a connection to spirituality, with a focus on applying spiritual teachings in everyday life to cultivate a peaceful mind. The author of Being Present, he lives in Bournemouth, UK.
Read an Excerpt
Have you ever asked yourself why things happen? Why you’re here on earth, and what role you play in it all? How can you remain peaceful, and live a life of harmony? In this book I’ll be guiding you to explore and answer these intriguing questions.
The first thing to get your head around is that there’s one big universal process, which I call “The Process.” Everything’s connected. Through a series of explanations, examples, and techniques, I’ll help you gain a deeper understanding and acceptance of this universal process. You’ll be ultimately placed to observe and accept everything, leaving you feeling empowered, peaceful, confident, and stress free. Your new way of using your mind will give you the option to act wisely, regardless of the conditions you face.
It’s my hope for you that this book will serve as a friend and reference guide, to help you live skillfully and peacefully. Become fully aligned with what is, what’s happened, and what’s to come. Live a life of harmony within The Process. Let us begin...
Sample from Chapter 2. The Guidelines
Over the centuries, countless religions and philosophies have produced wonderful lists that guide their followers to act ethically and in accordance with The Process. People are advised not to steal, to speak truthfully, not to cause harm, to be loyal to their partners and so on. I’ve studied and practiced some of these lists and they’ve been extremely helpful. That said, it’s challenging to understand and apply them these days, given that they were written so long ago. In Living a Life of Harmony, I’m introducing a fresh and evolutionary set of guidelines that are simple to understand and practical now, in the twenty-first century. They’re aligned with advice from respected religions and philosophies. I’m going to present these guidelines in a way that you can understand and apply them, in your present life situation. This will provide you with a compass to guide you through The Process. Here they are:
1. Honor the body.
2. Be present, bringing awareness and acceptance into every moment.
3. Act with kindness, considering everyone and everything.
4. Understand the truth, communicating it selectively and skillfully.
5. Do only what needs to be done.
6. Harmoniously obtain and retain only what you need.
7. Apply the Guidelines to your digital device usage.
Sample from Chapter 3. Guideline 1: Be present, bringing awareness and acceptance into every moment
The path of alignment is what you need to be following. This links very much to mindfulness practice. It starts with awareness. You’re aware of the present moment, or a particular situation. The next step is to bring acceptance to what you’re aware of. From there, you’ll always take aligned action. This is the path of the Four A’s: Awareness, acceptance, and aligned action. This path is in alignment with The Process. Even if you’ve never heard about the Guidelines, when you follow this path you’ll always align yourself with them.
The path of misalignment should be avoided. When we’re lost in thought, we’re resisting our experience in the present moment. Being lost in thought is a form of dreaming. Instead of being aware and accepting of what’s taking place inside and around us, we drift off into uncontrolled thought. When this happens, we lose touch with our direct experience. As I’ve already mentioned, any thoughts that we experience, and subsequent action from this state will be misaligned, causing harm to ourselves and others. This misalignment is rooted in ignorance from our ego. The ego wishes to control situations to accommodate its own fear-based agenda rather than wanting what’s good for The Process in its entirety. The ego can be forgiven for this given its lack of connection to the intelligence within The Process. It’s analogous to somebody doing something wrong because they don’t know better. When we experience suffering, it’s feedback from The Process, and an instruction to switch from the path of misalignment, to the path of alignment.
Sample from Chapter 7. Guideline 5: Do only what needs to be done
The norm in this day and age is for people to do too much and keep themselves busy. You may observe this when you speak with people. When you ask how somebody’s doing, they say “I’ve been busy.” Businesses are following the same trend. As the push continues for economic performance, businesses are expecting increased productivity from their workforce.
Doing only what needs to be done, involves aligning your activities with The Guidelines. Review your existing activities by creating a list of everything you do. Be sure to include your digital activities, e.g., social media, emailing, and watching online videos. Work through each activity following the process below.
Sample from Chapter 9. Guideline 7: Apply the Guidelines to your digital device usage
When I was considering this guideline, I soon realized there are enough pointers to fill a book dedicated to digital device usage. I produced a shorter, high level list of principles that encompass all of the detailed guidance. These are called “The Seven Principles of Conscious Digital Device Usage.” If you follow these, you will align your digital device usage with what The Process needs. Practicing these principles will help humanity evolve through the digital era, as well as allowing you to live a life of harmony today. Here are “The Seven Principles of Conscious Digital Device Usage”:
1. Only use a device when it’s really needed.
2. Stay mindful during device usage.
3. Be kind to your body during device usage.
4. Communicate selectively, truthfully, and skillfully during device usage.
5. Have time away from your devices every day.
6. Take opportunities for real human contact.
7. Accept that digital device usage is part of life.