𝒀𝒐𝒖 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒃𝒆 𝒑𝒖𝒏𝒊𝒔𝒉𝒆𝒅 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒓, 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒓 𝒊𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒖𝒏𝒊𝒔𝒉𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕.
~ 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑩𝒖𝒅𝒅𝒉𝒂 ~
𝑨 𝑫𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒎𝒂 𝑮𝒊𝒇𝒕 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒀𝒐𝒖 𝑨𝒍𝒍 𝑾𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒘𝒆 𝒂𝒄𝒕 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒅𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔, 𝒑𝒖𝒓𝒆 𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒅𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒄𝒆𝒓𝒏 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒂𝒏𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓, 𝒘𝒆 𝒎𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒂𝒍𝒘𝒂𝒚𝒔 𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒑𝒖𝒓𝒆. 𝑾𝒆 𝒎𝒂𝒚 𝒓𝒖𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒖𝒓𝒑𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒌 𝒐𝒇 𝒃𝒆𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒎𝒊𝒔𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒖𝒆𝒅 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆. 𝑯𝒐𝒘𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓, 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒍𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒐𝒘𝒏 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒕, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒂𝒔𝒌 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒔𝒆𝒍𝒇 𝒉𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒍𝒚, “ 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒎𝒚 𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔,” 𝒊𝒇 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒂𝒏𝒔𝒘𝒆𝒓, 𝒃𝒆𝒚𝒐𝒏𝒅 𝒂𝒏𝒚 𝒅𝒐𝒖𝒃𝒕, 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒅𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒄𝒂𝒖𝒔𝒆, 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒏𝒐 𝒂𝒎𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒎𝒊𝒔𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒓𝒖𝒕𝒉. 𝑬𝒗𝒆𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒕 𝒎𝒂𝒚 𝒃𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒌 𝒂 𝒍𝒊𝒕𝒕𝒍𝒆 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒅𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒃𝒆𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒕𝒓𝒊𝒈𝒈𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒂𝒊𝒏 𝒐𝒇 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒔, 𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒓𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒑𝒂𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝒂𝒃𝒊𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒔𝒆𝒍𝒇 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒔. 𝑰𝒕 𝒊𝒔 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒚 𝒃𝒆𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒉𝒖𝒎𝒂𝒏… 𝒏𝒂𝒎𝒂𝒔𝒕𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑩𝒘𝒆𝒍𝒍
“There is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She runs and runs and the tigers are getting closer and closer.
When she comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some vines there, so she climbs down and holds on to the vines. Looking down, she sees that there are tigers below her as well. She then notices that a mouse is gnawing away at the vine to which she is clinging. She also sees a beautiful little bunch of strawberries close to her, growing out of a clump of grass. She looks up and she looks down. She looks at the mouse. Then she just takes a strawberry, puts it in her mouth, and enjoys it thoroughly.
Tigers above, tigers below. This is actually the predicament that we are always in, in terms of our birth and death. Each moment is just what it is. It might be the only moment of our life; it might be the only strawberry we’ll ever eat. We could get depressed about it, or we could finally appreciate it and delight in the preciousness of every single moment of our life.”
~ Pema Chödrön, The Wisdom of No Escape: How to Love Yourself and Your World
Whether others are beautiful or ugly, benevolent or cruel, they are all sentient beings like us. And like us, they want to be happy and not suffer, which is their right, just like us. Recognizing that all beings are equal in their aspirations and their right to happiness, we feel a sense of empathy that brings us closer to them. As we get accustomed to this impartial altruism, we finally experience a sense of universal responsibility.
Summarized and adapted from Les voies spirituelles du bonheur, Presses du Chatelet, Paris, 2002; Points Sagesse, Seuil, 2004. English version: The Compassionate Life, Shambhala 2003
FOURTEENTH DALAI LAMA, TENZIN GYATSO (B. 1936)
Inspiration For Meditation
- I am bliss
- This moment is perfect, whole, and complete.
- Nature is conspiring for me.
- I have no expectation of any result.
- Recharge, renew, then respond.
- The power of intention lies within.
- I will follow my bliss.
- I am as dynamic as my rest.
- I am available for energy and creativity.
- My nature is to flow.
- I am grateful for…
- What is true for me today?
- My intent is heard by universal intelligence.
- Everything and everyone is extended self.
- The answers are sourced within.
- I am committed to my personal growth and evolution.
- My bliss is judgement free.
- My true nature is spirit.
- I celebrate my extended self.
- My true happiness is sourced from within.
- I am.
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