When I first took the Precepts, and then again, and then again, after each time I felt this weird hollowness.. feeling like “that’s it?”. I understood intellectually that I should commit and “work” on them in all aspects of my life but somehow with each day and each drama the importance got diluted with the realities of day to day living.
I decided to create a single vow that I could digest and really use as part of a daily practice and re-commitment.
I wish for anyone who’s committed to this path to take this vow and use it or change to make it your own:
I am responsible for the cultivation of wisdom and the practice of mindfulness in my own life.
Every day is my opportunity to add more love to the world by discovering the parts of me that can benefit others.
Every moment is an invitation for me to observe my breath and move to the middle path.
Within me is pure beauty and grace and to express my gratitude for these treasures, everyday I re-commit to living the 5 precepts to the best of my ability.
Through the practice of loving-kindness towards myself and all living beings, I accept my responsibility to add more love to the world and will use all my actions to the benefit of humanity.