Tuesday, August 6, 2013

These Things I Know.

"Compassion and love are not mere luxuries. As the source both of inner and external peace, they are fundamental to the continued survival of our species."

~ His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama 

In Buddhism, we have The Four Immeasurables ~ these four simple truths that underscore our every being.

They are are intended to reinforce that which we already know to be true, but that which is sometimes lost along the way.

That happiness can not be achieved through isolation alone, rather...it's through the happiness of others that our lives become much more enriched.

We all know this feeling, even from the earliest of ages when we shared our first 'artistic masterpiece' with our parents and watched as they posted with pride to the most prestigious spot on the outside of the fridge. We watched their smile, and our own hearts expanded in the rich light of this expression of happiness. For most of us, it was the very first realization that our actions had the capacity to create great changes.

There's a true joy that comes by way of a giving heart ~ it settles in, infusing its gentle loveliness throughout our entire being.

It is the truest expression of unconditional love and loving-kindness.

And that joy, my dears ~ is limitless.

When we are able to focus our energies on that which is of service to others, that brings a smile to the hearts of all others in our path ~ something within our own heart changes...

It is the greatest blessing known to humanity ~ that of compassion, joy, loving-kindness and equanimity.

You see, my dears, it's only when we are able to realize the truth in our interconnectedness ~ that we are able to fully appreciate our own internal happiness.

Namaste ~ and much love my most beautiful friends...I hope you won't mind that I am sharing these truths with you today.

semchen tamché dewa dang dewé gyu dang denpar gyur chik 

May all beings have happiness and the cause of happiness

dukngal dang dukngal gyi gyu dang dralwar gyur chik

May they be free of suffering and the cause of suffering

dukngal mepé dewadampa dang mindralwar gyur chik 

May they be inseparable from the supreme joy that is without suffering 

nyering chakdang nyi dang dralwé tang nyom chenpo la nepar gyur chik 

May they abide in the great equanimity that is free from attachment and aversion.