20 Rules Of Life Written By a Japanese Samurai 400 Years Ago That May Change Your Life
Each person walks the lifepath alone.
Each person’s life is very different. No two can compare.
But a Japanese Buddhist claims that there are 20 rules we must all follow to lead a happy and fulfilled life. Mere weeks before he died, Miyamoto Musashi, created a list of the main rules he lived by. Born in 1584, he was an expert swordsman, a renowned warrior and his teachings are still studied today, but most importantly, his rules for life are incredibly inspirational. According to his text, ‘The Way of Walking Alone’ this is how we must all live our lives.
1. LEARN TO ACCEPT LIFE AS IT COMES
For the sake of mental health, you must accept the life you are given. Stress, anxiety, and despair are natural parts of a person’s life, and it should never be attacked. Acceptance of the most difficult aspects of life will make you stronger to their advances.
2. ABANDON ANY OBSESSION TO ACHIEVE PLEASURE
As humans, we spend a lot of time chasing down pleasure – we give in to our cravings, reach higher for promotions and raises, and have become part of a society obsessed with sexual pleasure. Musashi claimed we should try simply to live life in the moment and enjoy pleasure when it comes to us naturally instead of striving for it.
3. DO NOT ACT ON AN IMPULSIVE EMOTION
We are often told to follow our heart, but Musashi’s teachings suggest this is never a good idea. When faced with a feeling that seems to have come from nowhere, following its path can lead to bad decisions. It is advised that we stick with what we know for sure, and don’t give way to impulse.
4. DO NOT OBSESS OVER YOURSELF
Self-obsession is common in humanity. These days, we are so focused on online presence, taking a perfect selfie and striving for perfection, that we forget what matters in life. Strive to separate from yourself and your ego for a better perception of what is important.
5. NEVER ALLOW JEALOUSY TO RULE YOUR LIFE
Jealousy is a very strong form of hatred, and Musashi claimed that getting stuck in its grasp would ruin you. He said never to be jealous of others, and to simply be thankful for what you yourself have.
6. ABANDON ATTACHMENT TO DESIRE
In the same way as achieving pleasure, desire only makes us want for things we may never gain. The idea proposed was to live not wanting more than you have, and to wait for good things to come to you.
7. NEVER LIVE IN REGRET
As we often tell each other, the past cannot be changed. Musashi believed that everything happened for a reason, and it was all part of your path in life. Dwelling on things you once did could never change them.
8. DO NOT DWELL ON A SAD SEPARATION
Constantly thinking on a sad parting of friends or family prevents us from moving on and continuing our lives. Musashi thought that since there was no way to bring back the dead, they should be left behind in the past.
9. COMPLAINING SHOULD HAVE NO PLACE IN YOUR LIFE
Many of us find comfort in complaining when things go wrong, but according to Musashi’s teachings, we should simply let these things pass us by. Dwelling on what is going wrong only prolongs the past’s hold over your life.
10. DON’T LET LUST RULE YOUR LIFE
Humans are sexual beings by nature, and so many people waste their lives on lustful thoughts. Musashi thought we should instead strive for love and lasting relationships.
11. KEEP YOUR OPTIONS OPEN
Do not rule out matters of the future with closed off thoughts. Keep your options wide open to allow for the best opportunities to come your way.
12. DON’T BE A SLAVE TO YOUR SURROUNDINGS
Possessions and a luxurious home may seem important, but there are more important things to treasure in life. Love, health, and life itself should be treasured above all else in the world.
13. LEARN NOT TO BE GLUTTONOUS
We as a society obsess over food and the pleasures of fine dining, or even just a good takeaway. However, Musashi believed that we shouldn’t take so much pleasure in eating, and we should strip meals down to be filling, but not necessarily tasty.
14. ABANDON POSSESSIONS IN FAVOR OF MINIMALISM
Don’t hold on to things you don’t need anymore, in other words. If it once was important, it can still be cast aside now to live a pure and simple life.
15. DO NOT BELIEVE SOMETHING JUST BECAUSE YOU’RE TOLD TO
Allow your own thoughts and beliefs to have space. Don’t just follow the crowd and listen to other’s opinions. Form your own ideas.
16. RESPECT THE GODS, BUT DO NOT RELY SOLELY ON THEIR GUIDANCE
Gods should be looked up to, but they cannot lead you through every motion. They need to be a figure of guidance, but in the end, a person must make their own path.
17. HAVE NO FEAR OF DYING
Fearing death only prevents you from living life to the full. Live each day individually and do not fear the consequences of each action.
18. DO NOT USE WEAPONRY UNLESS IT IS NECESSARY
Despite Musashi’s fame with a sword, he still believed that weaponry should be used sparingly and only when needed. He claimed that defending yourself was okay, but enforcing attack without reason was a sin.
19. DO NOT PUT PRESSURE ON RETIRING WITH RICHES
Many of us save for our retirement age so that we can live a life of luxury, but The Way of Walking Alone claimed we do not need possessions to live happily. Again, it was suggested we should live in the moment and not chase happiness in the form of possessions.
20. ALWAYS PROTECT YOUR HONOR
Musashi claimed that the only way to be true to yourself was to follow your own beliefs and live life as honorably as you know how to.
The text is full of inspirational information. Musashi lived a full, incredible life and to follow his rules seems like a way to achieve the same satisfaction. Though some of his ideas have been branded as crazy, far-fetched and nonsensical if he achieved happiness, who are we to question his practices?
See more: Want To Live Past 100? Discover The Secrets Of The World’s Longest Living People.
More often than not, the oldest people in the world don’t even know they’ve earned the title unless the Guinness Book of Records’ people call to let them know, or a reporter comes a-calling. Undoubtedly, we can all learn from their wisdom and experience, and we are lucky that so many of them have been happy to share their advice in their old age. These are the secrets to longevity, as told by 10 of the oldest people ever recorded, three of whom are still alive today.
10. Johanna Klink (112 years, 1 month)
Johanna was the oldest person in Germany, before she died in February 2015, aged 112. She married three times and had only one daughter (an uncommon thing for long-living people). Johanna lived in a nursing home from 2004 onwards, but remained in good physical and mental health until her last days.
Johanna’s secret in her own words shortly before she passed away: “I feel great, like I’m 60 years old and just retired. My secret to a long life is a plain and light diet, and especially only using a few drops of oil or butter in the soups I make.”
9. Orma Slack (112 years, 2 months)
Orma was born on February 19, 1903 in Canada, just several months before Orville Wright flew the first airplane in history. She was 20 when the Great Depression started and 66 when humanity landed on the moon. Orma was a teacher and retired at the age of 64, then traveled the world with her husband (who passed away in 1988). She also volunteered at the Bellville hospital until she was 104, and only stopped because she could not find a ride to the hospital. Orma enjoyed life until the very end, and even went skiing when she was 109, before passing away in 2015, aged 112.
Orma’s secrets in her own words shortly before she passed away: “Ever since I was a child, the world did not change for better or worse. Things don’t change, so go with the flow. I’ve never done anything special to help me get to my age, but the secret may be my positive attitude to people and life. I don’t recall ever saying a bad thing about a neighbor, family member or a friend”.
8. Sakari Momoi (112 years, 5 months)
Sakari was the oldest living man in the world, before passing away in July 2015, aged 112. Born on February 5th, 1903, Sakari worked his whole life as a teacher and later as a principal until he reached retirement. Mr. Momoi is verified as one of the longest living men in recorded history.
Momi’s secret in his own words, a couple of years before he passed away: “I do not know the secret of my long life, I simply haven’t died yet. I used to always exercise, eat in moderation and never consumed alcohol, but that’s just my way of life, not some great secret.”
7. Ethel Lang (114 years, 7 months)
Born on May 27, 1900, Ethel was the oldest person in England and the second-oldest person in Europe before her death in January 2015. She was the last living Briton born during the reign of Queen Victoria. Ethel left school at the age of 13 and went on to work in a shirt factory, where she remained throughout WWI. Many of the relatives on her father’s side enjoyed a long life.
Ethel’s secret in her own words shortly before she passed away: “I’ve never smoked and barely touched any alcohol. I drink a lot of tea, cook my own food, even the bread. Ever since I can remember, I was always in motion and had ever gotten fat. I was always taking an interest in people’s wellbeing and loved to go out and dance. Last time I danced was when I was 107.”
6. Violet Brown (115 years, 6 months)
Violet was born on March 10th of 1900, and still remembers the days she had to get up early in the morning and walk 3 miles barefoot to get her family water so she can get back home by 9am to go to school. This Jamaican lady says that: “Today’s youth don’t know how easy their lives are. They have plumbing in every home and buses going everywhere. Sometimes I think about the past and cry for all the hardships I had to endure”. Violet was born when Jamaica was still part of the British empire, and is the last surviving subject of Queen Victoria.
Violet’s secret: “These days I enjoy reading (without glasses) and reciting poetry. My secret to longevity is my faith in the good Lord and his commandments. If I have a message to share, it’s ‘Honor thy father and thy mother’. That’s probably the most important commandment.”
5. Emma Morano-Martinuzzi (115 years, 6 months)
Emma is the oldest person to ever have lived in Italy, and the last remaining European born in the 19th-century (November 29th, 1899). Emma was only married for 11 years, but being a Catholic, she did not believe in divorce, so she only kicked her husband out of the house and remained married until he died in 1978. Their son died at six months, and Emma has stayed in her marital home ever since. She still lives alone, aged 115 years.
Emma’s secret: “I never touched drugs and only drank brandy that I make at home. I eat three eggs every day and treat myself to chocolate sometimes, but mainly, I think it’s my positive thinking about the future that kept me alive for so long.”
4. Jeralean Talley (116 years, 1 month)
Jeralean was recognized as the oldest person in the world between April 2015 and her death in June of the same year. She was born on May 23rd, 1899 and said she had never driven a car since the first time she tried, when she accidentally used the wrong pedal, causing the car to reverse, which scared her. She’s not sorry about it.
Jeralean’s secret shared when she was 114: “I never stop moving, and even today I keep my hands busy by knitting. I played bowling until I turned 104, but my legs have gotten weaker since then. I sometimes go fishing with my son-in-law and grandson and even caught seven fish last time. I only have one golden rule for life: Treat others as you would have them treat you.”
3. Susannah Mushatt Jones (116 years, 2 months)
Officially recognized as the oldest living person in the world, Susannah was born on July 6th, 1899. Her grandfather was a freed slave who became a farmer, later run by her parents. Susannah did not want to be a farmer, so after finishing school in 1922, she decided she wanted to be a teacher. Sadly, her parents couldn’t afford to pay for her studies, so she moved to New York, got married and five years later got a divorce. Since then she has been living alone, and has been working as a nanny for $7 a week.
Susannah’s secret: “I visit the doctor only four times a year and don’t use any medication except for blood pressure medication. When I turned 100 I lost my eyesight to diabetes, but I refuse to take medication or have a surgery for it. My whole life I avoided cigarettes, alcohol, makeup and even hair dye. I get 10 hours of sleep every night and not being married also helps.”
2. Gertrude Weaver (116 years, 6 months)
One of the oldest recorded people to ever live, Gertrude was born on the 4th of July, 1898. Gertrude had four children, only one of whom survived her, turning 94 the day after her own death in April 2015. When Gertrude was 104, she moved to a nursing home, and despite not having any chronic diseases, her age affected her health in later years (quite understandably). Despite that, she still left her room and participated in the activities at the home up until her final days.
Gertrude’s secret shared when she was 114: “My secret is faith in God, hard work, loving everyone and always do as much as you can, and if you can’t, don’t do it.”
On her 116th birthday, Gertrude received a letter from President Barack Obama, informing her that from that point on, that day is official “Gertrude Day” in the USA.”
1. Misao Okawa (117 years, 1 month)
Misao Okawa was the oldest living person in the world between June 2013 and her death in April 2015, and the 5th oldest person ever verified. At 102, Misao was still regularly exercising ,and she was able to walk on her own until she was 110. In later days she used a wheelchair because she had a hard time keeping her balance, but insisted on using the chair on her own and refused to ask for help.
Misao’s secret shared when she was 115: “The reasons I survived for so long are sushi and a good night’s sleep.”
So who knows, maybe we just need to eat more sushi and sleep well every night, and we’ll all still be walking freely at 110 years old. Either way, one of the oldest people of all time seemed happy and full of life well into her hundreds, which seems to be the main message of most of the people on this list, above all diets and such. So the secret to a long and happy life is just to be kind to yourself and to others.
See also: 7 Dynamic Ways To Communicate With Your Guardian Angel
Most often, however, your guardian angel assists you in ways that are nearly invisible. With vigilance, you can begin to recognize the familiar, comforting feeling of your guardian angel’s touch. Your guardian angel is standing by, waiting for every opportunity to connect with you. You must be receptive to accept the love, direction, and comfort your angel wants to bestow.
Don’t you want a more personal relationship with your angel so you can receive this help? How can you reach out to your angel? Try the 10 easy and dynamic ways you can use to communicate with your guardian angel. Then watch for the results!
1. Talk With Your Angel
Don’t be afraid to reach out to your guardian angel. This can be very casual, but in a personal and direct way. Speak to your soul’s deepest desires just as if you are speaking to your best friend over a cup of coffee. Share with them how much you love them and appreciate their guidance. Also, you can use this time to ask them for help. Pay attention to your guardian angel’s responses to your questions. Remember, they are here for you.
2. Identify Your Guardian Angel
Before you try to contact and communicate with your angel, make sure that you know who your angel is and what your angel’s special powers are. If you are trying to contact a specific angel, then take some time to learn a little more about that angel. After doing this, watch for signs. Pay attention to names and symbols that come up a lot. For example, if you notice the name Michael keeps coming up, then your guardian angel might be Michael. You may also choose an angel to contact based on that angel’s associations. For example, Raphael is associated with healing and protection for travelers, so you may want to contact him if you have been dealing with illness or you are planning a trip.
3. Write Letters to Your Angel
Writing letters to your guardian angel about specific situations and your feelings associated with them helps you to become clearer about that issue, circumstance or problem. The clearer you are, the more specific you can be when you ask for help. Something some people do is to create a journal and write down your hopes and desires. Once you’ve made contact with your guardian angel, start logging all your experiences. Record all the ways they have helped you, the wisdom they’ve shared with you and the thing they brought to your attention that made you laugh, as well as they beauty they shared with you throughout the day.
4. Walk With Your Guardian Angel
Another great way to communicate with your guardian angel is by establishing a close relationship with them. One way to do this is by including them in your daily activities. Get outside and take a walk with your angel. You can either talk as you walk, or just allow your mind to open and be receptive to what they have to say to you. Watch for signs and synchronicities of their presence as you walk such as coins, feathers, sounds or other signs.
5. Designate a Time to Contact Your Angel
You can come up with a daily or weekly time to connect with your guardian angel. To increase your chances of contacting your guardian angel, you should designate a specific time each day to mediate. Having a daily practice will give your guardian angel more opportunities to contact you. For example, you might start or end each day with five minutes of connection. You can also contact your guardian angel in times of need, but make sure that you make regular contact with your angel as well.
Meditation is also a good way to connect with your guardian angel. Breathe deeply and clear your mind. Light a candle and close your eyes. Try not to think of anything, not even your guardian angel for a few minutes. Focus on keeping your breathing steady and slow. If you notice that you have started thinking about something, and then take a moment to acknowledge the thought and then focus on your breathing.
7. Pay Attention to Your Intuition
Our intuition is the inner voice of the soul and is like a muscle. The more it is worked, the stronger it will become. In fact, most of us use our intuition on a daily basis and don’t even realize it. Just like everyone has an intuition, guardian angels also have intuition. To welcome divine guidance into your life, all you have to do is ask and then stay open to the signs they offer you. Communicating with your angel can be an effective way to enhance your intuition because often, if you are open enough, your angel can send you signs to help validate your intuitive hunches.
Just as angels are largely unseen by us, so also is their work. If we knew all the times angels were at work and the things they were doing right before us, we would be amazed. God does many things through His angels including giving us protection in times of danger, and not just physical danger, but also moral and spiritual danger as well. Hopefully, these six signs show you how guardian angels are at work in your life and remind us how great and powerful God is.
Source: beliefnet.com, selfgrowth.com
Are You An Earth Angel? Here Are 18 Signs And Don’t Know It
When you meet an earth angel, you’ll know. They’re not hard to spot, with their outright divine countenance and demeanor. What can be hard, though, is identifying oneself as an earth angel. Many people know there’s something special about them but lack a concrete understanding of exactly what it is.
Many people believe that earth angels are reincarnated angels that have been sent to earth to learn how to better care and heal the people around them. Many earth angels have no clue who they are. They only know they they seemed to be called for a higher purpose than the typical 9 to 5 grind.
Fear not, my friends. If you can say Yes to 12-17 of the points below, you can be sure you are an Angel in a Human Body. Hopefully, this will help a few of you identify your place in the world as harmony-seeking healers.
1. If you have always dreamed of mitigating the sadness of all living beings…
2. If you feel that you have extraordinary talent to help others…
3. If you have super sensitivity…
4. If you have conquered difficult trials in your life…
5. If you think that whatever may be, life should be lived with happiness…
6. If, since childhood, you have wanted to change the world and have not stopped believing in it.
7. If you have always dreamed of relieving the sorrows of other people, you have an angelic aura.
8. If you want to work for the well being of people around you, who are in sorrow, then you are on the path of becoming an angel.
9. If you feel that you have a special talent to help others, if you have an extraordinary sensitivity, it means that you are one of those people who are extraordinarily natural in a cause to help others.You possess the qualities of a born social worker.
10. While always trying to give meaning to your suffering, you believe that there must be a way to stop yours and others suffering.
11. You are not one of those people who believe in giving up. Actually, you are a fighter who doesn’t give up at any cost.
12. You believe in enjoying every up and down of your life. You are not one of them who get hopeless when surrounded by difficulties.
13. You seek a door which will open umpteen ways for you to get rid of your difficulties.
14. If you always try to change evil into good and darkness into light.
15. If you always follow your heart even when it seems to be the hardest thing to do, if you have always had a vision of heaven on earth and would like to spread it throughout the world, then you possess one of the most significant qualities of a human angel.
16. You must be a visionary enough to envision the possibility of a utopian society.
17. If you pray and wish good for everyone you meet in your life then, trust me, your life state is in much higher than your surroundings.
18. If you, from the very beginning, have always felt a sense of not belonging to this world, if you have never been able to relate yourself to any group of people, but you have always had a deep desire to connect yourself with your Souls’ family here on earth, then you stand apart from the crowd.