I have been so busy (and still am OMG when is this move going to end LOL)lately with some new things I am working on and of course the move so am a bit behind with my posts. A week or so ago I attended the Dahli Lama’s public talk at Rogers Centre in Toronto Ontario on Human Approaches to World Peace. All I can say is wow! What an all around inspiring and positively enlightning experience this was. I spend several hours per week and start and end my day with some kind of self-help/awareness material or meditation and often read some of his words. I just love how there is no good or bad, right or wrong per se just an all around understanding and compassion towards others that he has and teaches to others.
A big part of the focus is on perceptions both inward and outward which helps to create that more compassionate and understanding mentality towards others and even ourselves. The talking and grasping of the concept of compassion though, is simply not enough as was evident in some comments and stories he stated in very insightful and clever ways. That is one of the really great things about him is that he is so good at painting a picture, giving analogies we can ALL understand. A few of these were how he referenced that we as a people all want world peace. It’s true, that is a legitamite statement. We all WANT this yet a huge portion of our money, our jobs, our efforts go towards creating weapons and wars. How does that even make sense? Maybe if we made our actions more related to our WANTS, we actually would be closer to a more peaceful world. He also made reference to how us as humans tend to be more animalistic (no not all but just for sake of making the point…) yet we have NO animal characteristics to speak of. Look at our teeth and nails in comparison to that of a bear or tiger in the wild. No sharp claws or fangs yet we often act in a similar manner to those in the wild towards eachother.Ok so that may not be the best way to describe that but I think you get my point :p.
You just couldn’t help but hang on his every word and you could literally just feel your heart smiling. It is so amazing how everything he would say could not in any way be misinterpreted or twisted into something ugly or negative. Regardless of your beliefs or backgroud, you could learn so much from him. He was cracking jokes too which just made me love him even more and made him just that much more real. He even backed up his teachings with scientific evidence which, as a research and science nerd, I just loved LOL. His talk on the beauty, power, strength and utmost importance of women as leaders was ummm AWESOME too 😀 The experience was most certainly something that I will forever hold close to my heart and would highly recommend to anyone for any reason. There is something we can ALL learn from these types of leaders. Life really is all about choices and perceptions and we truly do have the power the change things right there deep within us. I truly cannot wait until the next time I have the chance to spend time learning from him in person 😀
Inner peace is the key: if you have inner peace, the external problems do not affect your deep sense of peace and tranquility. In that state of mind you can deal with situations with calmness and reason, while keeping your inner happiness. That is very important. Without this inner peace, no matter how comfortable your life is materially, you may still be worried, disturbed or unhappy because of circumstances.
– Dahli Lama
P.S. this may be easier said then done, I know this as well as you probably do too, and while it may be a challenge to work towards inner peace and self-actualization, the rewards are far greater than the efforts. Be well and keep working on YOU as I keep working on ME 🙂 xoxoxo