Recently, I went browsing in a Buddhist ornament store . Generally in Asian countries, Buddhism is very much associated with Chinese , so this store had a variety of statues, wind chimes, bracelets, wall hangings and so on. As I was looking , I came across a basket which was full of stones. Each stone had words on them but only one stone with a word caught my eye: CLARITY. This word has been running through my mind for the past two weeks.
By the way , if you wondered why I went into the store, well , I was looking for my magic stone. I read in the book “The Magic” by Rhonda Byrne , that when we want to give thanks or to be grateful of the goodness that happened for the day, just hold your magic stone every night, go through the day in your mind, find one thing/event/experience that you are thankful for and praise it, appreciate it and thank it. Leave the stone near you as you will be doing this daily and the stone is full of your personal appreciation and thankfulness for your life. I felt this was a wonderful thing to do so I set about looking for my stone and hence the experience of coming across and pondering about the word CLARITY.
Clarity in decision making, problem solving , goals setting , our relationships, our wants, our needs , our speech , our thoughts, our feelings and our path in life is truly an achievement everyone of us should strive for and be thankful when we are able to attain it.
- Clearness and simplicity in our thoughts and feelings give rise to clear and simple speech and actions: Speech and actions related to ourselves and towards others.This is turn starts a chain reaction related to our interactions with ourselves and others and our outlook towards life. For example ,
- as parents, it is important to be clear when we advise or discipline our children.
- As spouses , it is important to be clear of our responsibility to each other and our boundaries as a couple.
- As a worker , it is important to be clear of of our targets and output.
Self care is one of the most important need we have to practise to have a clear mind and thought. Simple healthy food, enough sleep,comfortness with silence, exercise , nourishing our souls by appreciating what and where we are in our lives are some of the needs we need to see to. By practising and cultivating Clarity , I believe we will be improving ourselves both externally and internally.