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Wanting vs. Giving

I realized that most of my life’s future decision’s, worries and planning is around what I want, what I need, what I can become, what I will become, what I can get, what I can lose and what I can keep.

It takes going against this strong current to think of what I can simply give and offer to other people, the earth and everything that could use my energy to change for the better. I have experienced giving as something that gives me energy and that the pressure to always want something is energy draining. Even though I know this, my thoughts default to the ‘I’ in me for the majority of my ‘think’ time.

I looked for a Buddhist view on this phenomena and here is what I found:
The Five Skandhas (It is under this topic on the page below)
http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/intro_bud.htm


 

 

Friends & Enemies

Enemies

  • Procrastination
  • Lack of attention of completing the task at hand
  • Not making an extra effort to learn something that does not come naturally
  • Anger and snapping without thinking
  • Little attention to detail
  • Linear discipline – Inertia to following steps in order that leads to completion of a task at hand

Friends

  • Positive belief’s
  • Execution on thinking
  • Ability to think clearly and substantively (most of the time)
  • Goal discipline – singular focus on target until hit
  • Creative problem solving
  • Good support network

Work

The Indian philosopher and economist J. C. Kumarappa sums the purpose of work very nicely:

If the nature of the work is properly appreciated and applied, it will stand in the same relation to the higher faculties as food is to the physical body. It nourishes and enlivens the higher man and urges him to produce the best he is capable of. It directs his free will along the proper course and disciplines the animal in him into progressive channels. It furnishes an excellent background for man to display his scale of values and develop his personality.

Obviously, working for money, title, working a job you hate, work that mildly builds up your character is not only a waste of your time and energy, but is a dis-service to the universe.