361. Good is restraint of the body. Good is restraint of speech. Good is restraint of the mind. Restraint everywhere is good. The bhikkhu (monk) restrained in every way is freed from all suffering.
One night recently, I stayed up after wife and daughter had slept. I wanted to stay up and watch a movie that I hadn’t seen in a long time, but I also had to get up early the next morning. So, then I thought about this quote and realized that staying up late to watch the movie would bring temporary happiness, but would also mean that I would be tired and miserable the next day. I didn’t feel the “cost” was worth it, so I want to bed instead.1
The point is is that restraining the mind, body and speech seems hard to do, but it also creates a lot fewer problems in your life.
Namo Shaka Nyorai
1 I watched the movie the next weekend, when I had more time.