What is enlightenment? I always wondered what it truly means. Enlightenment is a state of perfect wisdom, compassion, love, and allows us to reach a higher realm. There are four phases to enlightenment, according to the branch of Buddhism called Theravada. This includes Anagami, Sotapanna and Sakadagami. Today in order to reach perfect enlightenment, Buddha taught that anyone could achieve this no matter what class they came from. But he taught that we need to practice this ourselves like overcoming jealously, anger, hate, slander, and bias. Becoming mindful is another key we need to understand, as quietness of mind is imperative to succeed in this life, not just live for material possessions. This was not just for the ancient monks, but for all of us today. "Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die--so let us all be thankful,” said Buddha. Let’s look at the four things we can do today to practice and celebrate Buddha’s enlightenment by being thankful, mindful, forgiving, and walking in love in and outside the boardroom.