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.