In my own spiritual work I discovered some principles we can put into practice to enhance our experience of ourselves, of others, of the life we live.
One version of these principles is as follows:
Life is inconceivably precious.
Life is short and death is certain.
Life contains inevitable difficulties.
Our ethical choices mold our lives.
It is when we ignore these things that we step out of life as it is. Indeed, many people spend a lot of their time ignoring, denying or resisting the middle two truths.
So it struck me that one of the ways we could have life is by stopping trying to get one up on life. That became my first ordinary life principle. This, and the other principles of Ordinary Life, are listed below.
Following these principles is what makes it possible for us to have life. Life to the fullest. Not life without death and difficulties. That's not life. Our goal is just to have life - ordinary life.
Ordinary Life Principles:
We suffer from wanting to be one up on life.
There is no life in negativity.
We have a moral obligation to be happy.
Our relationship to life's difficulties belongs to us.
We are what we think.
Life is wonderful.
Love is what changes the course of our world.
The fundamental purpose of life is emotional and spiritual growth.
There is only the present.
We get what we give.