Did you feel that uptick in positive karmic energy yesterday? Know why? I do. The man was in the area. Who is the man you ask? The man is none other than Tenzin Gyatso. Yes, His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet was in the Pioneer Valley yesterday. I didn’t have the opportunity to see him in person, however, since the moment I woke up yesterday and today I could feel the energy of Positude.
A few years ago I had the pleasureof seeing and listening to the Dalai Lama speak in Boston. It was amazing. Much of his talk that day was about compassion.
Yesterday I took the time to go back and read his speech on Compassion and the Individual – it can be found at http://www.dalailama.com/page.166.htm . I had read the speech a while ago and I must admit I simply read it, I didn’t understand it and put it into practice.
I have written before about how frustrated I get with all the anger, hate and negativity that seems to be pervasive in our world today, or at least that is what is always communicated via the news. Heck it’s a daily battle to keep myself from being a source of that negativity. Because I don’t practice what I preach, Positude sometimes is lost on me. So, today and moving forward I am going to start practicing everyday because the only way to get better at something is to practice that thing.
Re-readingHis Holiness speech on compassion and the individual has once again opened my eyes to a thought process that I often times suppress or plain old forget. The fact is, anger and negativity are reported on often because they are news, they are not the norm.
The norm, as His Holiness so aptly articulates, is that the humanity has to be one driven by compassion and love or we wouldn’t have survived as long as we have.
I’ve taken an excerpt from the text of the speech on compassion and the individual and you can read it below. I would also recommend going the the above website and begin your journey.
Cheers – Another day of Positudeness in the Valley
Compassion and the world
In conclusion, I would like briefly to expand my thoughts beyond the topic of this short piece and make a wider point: individual happiness can contribute in a profound and effective way to the overall improvement of our entire human community.
Because we all share an identical need for love, it is possible to feel that anybody we meet, in whatever circumstances, is a brother or sister. No matter how new the face or how different the dress and behavior, there is no significant division between us and other people. It is foolish to dwell on external differences, because our basic natures are the same.
Ultimately, humanity is one and this small planet is our only home, If we are to protect this home of ours, each of us needs to experience a vivid sense of universal altruism. It is only this feeling that can remove the self-centered motives that cause people to deceive and misuse one another.
If you have a sincere and open heart, you naturally feel self- worth and confidence, and there is no need to be fearful of others.
I believe that at every level of society – familial, tribal, national and international – the key to a happier and more successful world is the growth of compassion. We do not need to become religious, nor do we need to believe in an ideology. All that is necessary is for each of us to develop our good human qualities.
I try to treat whoever I meet as an old friend. This gives me a genuine feeling of happiness. It is the practice of compassion.