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In Eastern traditions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism and Jainism, samsara is the wheel of life which we all go through. People in the East believe that it is the never ending cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Some people in the West have been fascinated by Eastern philosophy including what they can learn from their experience of samsara.

We are not our physical body, feelings or the mind. We are something beyond these. Let us call it soul or consciousness.

Life is a gift. Not many people open it, examine it and live fully with joy. Observing our environment and experience of daily samsara with detachment can help.

Many people are unhappy because they are attached to current results, future results or anxiety that what they have achieved, including material things, may not last for long.

Sometimes the fear of past experiences repeating themselves stops people from living life fully.

Understanding that nothing is permanent, either fortunes or adversity, gives freedom to live life without suffering. As Buddha has said,

All conditioned things are impermanent. When one sees this with wisdom, one turns away from suffering.

To take skillful actions in life, either in relation to work, business or in personal or domestic situation, the following questions may help,

Who am I?
Why am I here?
What am I doing?
What do I need to do?

Looking deeply within us to find answers to these questions may just help us to let life decide what we need to do. It is not down to our personality, ego fixations, our past or our future. It is down to an alignment of our being with what life wants us to do. The sky is then the limit.

Finally, going back to samsara,

Understanding the dynamics of samsara in a detached way brings freedom, fulfillment and peace.

My deep Namaste!

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