In the book “Ruling Your World” Sakyong Mipham describes ancient strategies to help the reader achieve mastery over their mind and over their life. Although the strategies and metaphors he describes are very old, they are surprisingly relevant and useful in today’s society.
The author of the book is Buddhist, and many of the metaphors used in the book are based on Shambhala Buddhist teachings, however you don’t have to be a Buddhist (or even be interested in Buddhism) to benefit from them. The strategies described in this book are very compatible with all religions, and they are also useful to people who identify as agnostic or atheist.
The main thread throughout the book is an emphasis on the importance of living ones life with kindness, compassion, and concern for others. Sakyong Mipham describes how many of us are living our lives thinking about “me” and “what about me”, and “what’s in it for me?”. The secret to a more happy, more fulfilled life, the secret to ruling your world, is to change that old habit and put concern for others’ well being first.
Teachings on the benefits of love and compassion aren’t unique to Buddhism. In fact, all religions in the world teach about the importance of kindness and love. Recent scientific research shows that what makes us happy is not how much money we make, or how many possessions we have, but being connected to the people we love, being connected to our community, and being engaged in activities we experience as meaningful.
“Ruling Your World” is full of strategies to help you change the habit of being preoccupied with “me”. Sakyong Mipham’s writing style is humorous and compassionate, and he is able to communicate these ancient wisdoms with examples and language that make them very accessible and relevant to this present time and culture.
I have found this book very useful in my daily life and in my personal relationships. I have found it most helpful to read one chapter at a time, and mull it over for a while, or use the chapter as an inspiration for my day. I hope you will find this book useful and inspirational as well.