Is there a golden rule for living? If so, what is it?
In a virtual mindfulness session last week, a participant shared what does indeed seem to be a golden rule: ‘Do to others as you would have them do to you.’
You can put the rule positively as the participant did. Or you can put it negatively i.e. ‘Do not do to others as you wouldn’t want done to you.’ Or you could express it responsively ‘What you do to others, will be done to you’.
An updated expression might read ‘Treat everyone you meet as if they were you’. And as with all the expressions there is an assumption of a healthy self-image.
The participant commented that it came from the Bible. Indeed it does. It is part of Judaism and Christianity. It is actually also part of Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confusianism – and Humanism, to name a few religions and a culture.
Mindfulness is simply practicing awareness of ourselves, others and all that surrounds us. As you notice your actions today (and the thoughts that preceded those actions), reflect on them in the light of this golden rule.
Enjoy your discovery; don’t beat yourself up. There’s gold in the discovery.