I saw the Dalai Lama speak this morning. Talk about a great way to start off the day. I was flooded with an overwhelming joy that caught me off guard as he stepped onto the stage. My eyes flooded with tears and I was grinning from ear to ear. I couldn’t help but smile. His presence–felt even from my seat way in the back–was that of pure joy, utter peace of mind, and a genuine concern that encompassed the entire world. The best thing about him is his humor. Cracking jokes and being silly is a part of his natural personality. It simply flows out of him, this positivity. It absolutely floods out.
His talk centered around compassion, but everything he said became very holistic and all-encompassing. I’m absolutely positive that every one of us in that giant stadium took away certain pieces of the talk that struck a chord within us personally. Here are a few of his ideas that clung to my being (in my own words).
We can use negativity and hardships from our past for strength, gusto, motivation to push forward and to steer clear of that which brought us to the negativity. We mustn’t forget our pasts, we must use our pasts as tools for good.
We must hold compassion for those who do harm without remorse. Instead of becoming angry or frustrated, we can feel sad and concerned for their mind states, for their well-being.
Positivity leads to a peaceful mind. A peaceful mind leads to confidence. Confidence leads to effort. Effort leads to changing the world.
We are all born with the very same potential for constructive or destructive behavior. We are all equipped with compassion, shown to us by our mothers who care for and look out for us until we can go out on our own, which is true for all animals (except some turtles, as His Holiness pointed out with laughter and also with sadness). We all have the very same potential.
We are all the same–same emotions, same feelings, same capabilities.
Showing babies and children affection, and a holistic view is one of the most important tools for world peace in our future.
What is the best life path? That of a peaceful and positive life. With that will come the ability to help those around us.
I feel so lucky to be living in this city during his very first visit here, and during my very first year on this spiritual path. His joyfulness, hope, and compassion leaves me feeling a renewed love for the world.