The Noble Eightfold Path – A Recipe for Bold Living

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Ever heard of the famous and beautiful Noble Eightfold Path taught by Buddha centuries ago? No matter what your religious or spiritual persuasion, you can learn from it and use it to gauge whether or not your actions, thoughts and/or decisions are bold/noble.

The Noble Eightfold Path refers to right view, right thought, right speech, right behavior, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness and right concentration.

Right View means to believe in the law of cause and effect and not be deceived by appearances and desires.

Right Speech means the avoidance of lying words, idle words, abusive words, and double-tongues.

Right Behavior means not to destroy any life, not to steal, or not to commit adultery.

Right Livelihood means to avoid any life choices that would bring shame.

Right Effort means to try to do one’s best diligently toward the right direction.

Right Mindfulness means to maintain a pure and thoughtful mind.

Right Concentration means to keep the mind right and tranquil for its concentration, seeking to realize the mind’s pure essence.

May we challenge ourselves to choose to follow the Noble Eightfold Path in our moment to moment attempt to live bold & amazing lives.

To gain a deeper understanding of the  Noble Eightfold Path, we’ll take a close look at each of them over the next 8 days. I’d love to get your ideas surrounding them as we explore. Please leave comments in the next week!! Your thoughts will help shape our understand of them and inspire each other to live bolder, more thoughtful lives.

– Jen Engevik of Team Project BE Bold

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*The above was taken from The Teachings of Buddah by Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai, Tokyo

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