Your Inner and Outer Purpose.

Posted: January 19, 2014 in Buddhism, Inner purpose
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Eckhart Tolle talks about life purpose as being divided into 2 levels.
The outer level, one of accumulation, is what concerns us most. It’s what we see when we look at others.
“More stuff will make me happy.”
“Better stuff will make me really happy.”

Or so we think.
Our inner purpose, according to Buddha, is to awaken. To appreciate the moment that you are in now, and understand that all things change. It is to appreciate the cause and effect of our actions and the actions of others.
This is not to be mistaken for a mindless acceptance of our life being at the total mercy of the effects of others’ actions.
Just to know that there are some things you can’t change.

Tolle does not have a monopoly on this.
It was Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, that was the original person to articulate the rule of cause and effect. He spoke of our current situation being the effect of hundreds of past actions of ourself and others. Everything from cancer to prosperity to shark attacks is the result of hundreds of actions that create the world we live in. Following that logic, the only way to change our experience is to change the hundreds of seemingly minute actions that create happiness or suffering.

“But I can’t change the actions of others.”
True. That is where an understanding of this rule comes in handy. Understanding that there are some things that are outside of your control, can give you a feeling of peace when an unexpected event comes your way. Your internal struggle disappears.

But back to Eckhart Tolle and aligning your outer and inner purpose. Your happiness in life is largely dependent upon this alignment. Remember, rich unhappy people are a dime a dozen. But so are poor people! So where does that leave us? Firstly, it shows that the correlation between wealth and happiness is negligible.
Secondly, it shows that being aware of your inner compass will always point you in the right direction.
It’s a case of slowing down and working out which way your inner compass is pointing.
To do this, you may need to look at the inner compass that others have articulated.

Here’s mine.

Here is Eckhart Tolle

Tolle

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