The three noble principles are attitudes we can use to transform anything that we do from being something that is useful and mundane into something quite extraordinary and transformative. These come from the Tibetan knowledge of meditation and can be used for almost anything in life.
What are these?
- Good in the beginning
- Good in the middle
- Good in the end
Good in the beginning: This refers to our motivation. The more we can expand our motivation, the more encompassing our motivation, the more meaningful our acts become, the more we will value it, the more likely we are to do it and the more benefit it will bring.
One way to do this is: At the start of any activity, we bring to mind a strong wish that everyone, every living being should benefit from the activity, be free from suffering and experience true happiness.
Good in the middle: This refers to our attitude. The attitude with which we do an activity can transform the activity.
One way to do this is: Let go of any sense of struggle or striving when you do something. Remain unattached to any thoughts or emotions that arise. Let go of the past and the present. Simply be in this very moment and focus on the activity.
Good in the end: This refers to dedicating the results. Dedicating the results that we get from an activity to a larger purpose can transform the activity.
One way to do this is: At the end of any activity, we dedicate the results with a strong wish that everyone, every living being should benefit from the activity, be free from suffering and experience true happiness.
Being aware of the motivation to do an act, the attitude with which we do an act, and the way we dedicate the results we get can transform each thing that we do so that we find meaning and purpose in our lives.