International Day of Tolerance: Six steps to achieve it
The Spanish Royal Academy defines tolerance as: “The action and effect to tolerate. Respect the ideas, beliefs or practices of others when they are different or contrary to their own. ”
The definition is simple but not always achievable. How can we face the difficulties of everyday life and control our emotions? How can we be tolerant of others when they are not tolerant with us? The discontent, irritation, jealousy or any negative emotion are messages that tell us that before us is the opportunity to learn to control them. Change comes from us, not others.
Nichiren Buddhism teaches that: “There are three concentric circles around our lives. We at the center, the others and the universe. To live a full and happy life have to be connected with the three circles. We have to respect our lives, supporting the lives of others in every conceivable way, and protect and preserve the environment that sustains us. ”
The first step is to accept that the problems, difficulties and challenges that life presents to us and we try to avoid at all costs are actually very valuable to us as they are the only way to become strong, happy and optimistic individuals.
The next step is to implement six precepts that give us the opportunity to learn how to handle any situation in a better way: Generosity, Discipline, Patience, Joy, Meditation and Pranja.
When we practice generosity we approach the understanding with others. The discipline helps us avoid harming stop control everything. Patience trains us to let things happen at their own speed. The genuine joy enables us put aside perfection, achieving connect every moment we live. Meditation trains us to return to this setting aside the past or the future. And finally, the pranja which is the acceptance of seeing things as they are. With daily practice of these precepts we achieve and maintain our tolerance for all. Worth a try.