Friday, September 30, 2005

Another Dalai Lama quote

I had a nice post I planned to blog yesterday but Blogger was down for maintenance. I've completely lost that train of thought so am falling back on one of my Dalai Lama quotes. I'm sure if I'm supposed to post the thoughts from yesterday they will float back in at the right time.

From the Dalai Lama
Genuine peace between nations willcome from mutual respect, not from weapons or force.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Understanding No Man is an Island

We need to understand that with every action we have an effect on others in the world. The major effect may only be on those closest to us, but it expands like a rock thrown in a pond and starts effecting people from farther and farther away from us.

It's like the idea of energy--that our thoughts and our feelings and way of being influences the world. Our actions have a more direct impact. We may not think that our choice of food or our choice of brand has any relationship to the amount of peace of in the world, but it can. If we choose mindfully and are aware that every action has far reaching implications, then we start realizing the interconnectedness of everything.

As realize the interconnectedness of everything, we realize that the people we dislike, the people we judge, the people we refuse to believe that we are like (though we are), are all connected to us in this huge web. When we really get that, we start understanding how important respect and empathy and compassion are in our small world.

Mindfully take one small task today and see if you can see the ripple effect it could have. Smile at the woman who sells you coffee and then think about how that might effect the rest of the world. Or not.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Laws of Attraction

In creating peace within ourselves, we create peace in our world. Like energy attracts like energy. If we are joyous then we attract people who are joyous and joyous things happen to us. If we are angry, we tend to attract angry people.

We all get a mixed bag. It's a tendency. No one is ever completely perfect--unless you are the Buddha, so bad things can still happen. However, when we focus on the bad things that happen rather than what we learned from the situation, we tend to create more negative energy, making it harder for things to turn around for us.

The more we recognize that the energy that is inside us is attracting people and events into our lives, the more we can work on changing ourselves so that we give off the energy to attract those things that we hope to gain. If we begin from a stance of selfish gain by doing this, no doubt we will attract to us many situations that show how selfish and self serving most people are. If we do this from the standpoint of making the world a better place, we have a much better chance of making real change and drawing good things to ourselves.

It sounds easy, doesn't it? We feel like failures if it doesn't work. However, no one has completely pure energy, as I said before. We all have a subconscious full of things we don't want to look at. The more we work on ourselves and creating peace within ourselves, the more likely it will be that when a disaster happens to us, we may be able to find the good inside it. If we are trapped in traffic and late for our appointments, perhaps the people around us may all be very interesting and helpful and willing to share water. If we are rear ended, perhaps the driver is insured rather than uninsured. Small things and the way we greet them make a difference.

With the laws of attraction, the energy we put out is the energy we get back. The Universe doesn't listen to putting on a happy face while seething inside. It knows. If you are angry, it's better to show it and let it go. Then you can get to the joy. If you are seething quietly and insisting that everything is all right and that you are looking on the bright side, the anger festers, and it's sure to attract more angry energy back.

We can't always be happy and joyous. When we feel otherwise, it is important to let it out. Let that go. Then get back to what's really important and we may find that we are feeling more peaceful. Then so will the world around us.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

A quote from the Dalai Lama

Here's another quote from the Dalai Lama:

Every human being should realise that the future of humanity is dependent on their present actions and thinking