The Eight Worldly Concerns

Created: Monday, 22 June 2015

What are the eight worldly concerns? Through being mindful we can see if our motivation in any given moment helps or hinders us and others. Sometimes our guide is not our heart but the satisfaction we think we will get from what we perceive will make us feel good. By attaching to attractive situations and averting what we think is bad - we suffer. Here are the eight worldly concerns:

1. Taking delight in having money and material possessions, and the other one in the pair is being disappointed, upset, angry when we lose them or don’t get them.

2. Feeling delighted when people praise us and approve of us and tell us how wonderful we are, and the converse is feeling very upset and dejected when they criticize us and disapprove of us—even if they are telling us the truth!

3. Feeling delighted when we have a good reputation and a good image, and the converse is being dejected and upset when we have a bad reputation.

4. Feeling delighted when we experience sense pleasures—fantastic sights, sounds, odors, tastes and tactile sensations—and feeling dejected and upset when we have unpleasant sensations.

In the course of the day, try to see if these concerns are what drive you or if you are able to let go of them.