It is about using skillful means to go about our lives, so to avoid as much suffering as possible. It is about walking a middle path that will indeed lead us in the direction of waking up.
We have to be mindful — we have to become aware. We have to learn to stop before we act, and to give ourselves a chance to consider if the choice we are about to make will be to our benefit, the benefit of others, and of ultimate benefit. A choice that will lead us in the direction of our highest aspirations.
We say we want happiness, but we really do not know how to go about it. And, we won’t find happiness unless we become aware of cause and effect.
All our actions of body, speech, and mind have their specific effects. It is the law of nature. Everything we do have consequences. And, there is nobody to blame. Everything we perceive is our very own mental representation of our limited perspective of reality.
We don’t have to be the slave to our emotions, our past, or our future. We can make ‘new’ choices in every moment that lead us in a new direction, but we cannot ‘see’ this clearly — or even as a possibility — unless we become aware.
The spiritual path takes a lot of effort and dedication. It is not going to happen overnight or by going to a few teachings or reading a few books…but, it is the only thing that will lead to lasting happiness.
And, as we progress on the path — the higher the View, the more careful the conduct.
Love & Light!