Life is full of problems, challenges, and many more that sound worse. Because of that, a lot of people decided to end their life. They probably think ending their own life can end their suffering. If we had faith in God, suicide is not the way to end your suffering but only make it become the worst for eternity. One of the religions in the world, Buddha, is a religion that has a lot of teachings when it comes to fear in life. So, because of that, in this article, we will talk about Buddhist teachings that can relieve the anxiety of life.
Admit your fear
Teachings in Buddha stated that suffering, illnesses, and deaths are something that must be expected, understood, and admitted. “I am subject to aging, subject to illness, and subject to death.” That is the line that reminds people that fear and uncertainty is normal in our life. It is part of peace with our reality.
Whatever happens, always expect impermanence, uncertainty, and less control. We should think that everything must be reversed. From the Buddhist perspective, it is better to learn how to work with fear. When we fight against the world, we only have sufferings. However, if we open or accept the world, then we will enjoy our life in this world.
Mindfulness and Meditation
Mindfulness and meditation are the main Buddhist teachings. Mindfulness practice is purposed to restrain impulsive behaviors of our body consciousness. For example, most people will impulsively react when they feel itchy in a part of their body. They will scratch it. However, with mindfulness practice, you can make that itchy gone without the physical interference.
Meanwhile, meditation is a longer practice than mindfulness. Not just that, it is also deeper than full consciousness practice. For Buddhists, time to be alone with the mind is a part of meditation. Isolation and quarantine can reflect the needed condition of meditation.
It is advised to observe the anxiety sensation of our body, and we should see them as a cloud that came and goes later. With regular meditations, it is possible for people to admit their fear, anger, and uncertainty. Those recognitions will make it easier to identify those feelings just by giving a reaction in non-eternal circumstances.
To cultivate affection
Love, compassion, joy, and balance. Buddhist teachers know that these four can replace the circumstances full of fear and anxiety in mind.
When the emotion of anxiety and fear becomes too strong, Buddhist teachers suggest that people think about the example of love, kindness, and empathy in life. Anxiety and fear mindsets can be stopped by bringing back yourself to the time of you taking care of other people or vice versa.
As a summary, during this uncertain time because of a pandemic outbreak, it is the exact time to be a chance to apply these Buddhist teachings. Every person can turn disappointments into motivation. It will change our life and perspective of ourselves or other people. Stay strong.