Day 207 – Eightfold Path Step 3 (Right Speech)

This is a tough one.  Right Speech.  Speaking with compassion and good intention are hard enough.  Not speaking ill of others and pointlessly being negative are another.  I am terrible at this.  This one is hard for a lot of people.  But I believe working on this pays well in return.  I am going to work hard as of right now to not complain so much and talk about coworkers, friends and non friends in a non constructive way.  Again, this is really a gift to me.  I need to lighten up.  Carrying around so much negativity has nearly killed me a few times.

Right speech is the first principle of ethical conduct in the eightfold path. Ethical conduct is viewed as a guideline to moral discipline, which supports the other principles of the path. This aspect is not self-sufficient, however, essential, because mental purification can only be achieved through the cultivation of ethical conduct. The importance of speech in the context of Buddhist ethics is obvious: words can break or save lives, make enemies or friends, start war or create peace. Buddha explained right speech as follows: 1. to abstain from false speech, especially not to tell deliberate lies and not to speak deceitfully, 2. to abstain from slanderous speech and not to use words maliciously against others, 3. to abstain from harsh words that offend or hurt others, and 4. to abstain from idle chatter that lacks purpose or depth. Positively phrased, this means to tell the truth, to speak friendly, warm, and gently and to talk only when necessary.

These enso paintings were easy enough.  I hope they aren’t boring you.  I actually have one of my own enso tattooed on my right arm.  It was the first one I ever tried.  I love it.  Take care.


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6 Responses to Day 207 – Eightfold Path Step 3 (Right Speech)

  1. Anonymous says:

    If EVERYONE could apply the Rights Of Speech to there everyday life the whole world would be a better place, wow thank you for putting this on paper for all to see. Very good stuff. ly

    • giftprolific says:

      Yeah Right Speech hits home with a lot of people. And you can connect it to the others….Right View shapes Right Intention which forms Right Speech…etc. Or….if you think something…you can say it. If you say it you can definitely do something about it…..They all connect to each other.

  2. Linda Garrity says:

    Now this one is quite similar to something I learned from my yoga teacher from “The Four Agreements”, supposedly taken from ancient Toltec wisdom-they are remarkably simple sounding, yet quite often maddeningly difficult to master. The one that’s similar is “Speak impeccably to yourself and others”. My family may tell you otherwise, but I feel that I do tend to speak to others with respect and care, so for me the bigger issue is do I speak to myself (what my instructor calls “the brain chatter”) with the same consideration. Answer: not so much. Yet another thing to be constantly working on….
    Gotta go….spontaneous Mexican dining invite from my formerly grieving son!

    • giftprolific says:

      I really like the Four Agreements. I think of them as like a contract with yourself. I have applied similar contracts with myself with regards to being a working artist. Awesome. I hope you are doing well…and I hope your family is too. Talk to you soon. Love ya. Joshy.

  3. Olivia Baker says:

    need to work on this myself 🙂

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