Tuesday, September 17, 2013

How Does the Dalai Lama Find Hope?


 “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”
Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness

I was reading over the transcript from a recent interview with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama ~ and in which the following question was asked:

"How do you stay so optimistic and faithful when there is so much hate in the world?"

It's a question, I believe we all have, at times.

My dears, there is always something that will challenge even the strongest of our beliefs...mocking our faith, and giving space for doubt to settle in.

And, it doesn't help that we are surrounded by images of violence and destruction, a constant 'fuel' for our 24 hour news feed. Everywhere we turn we are asked to face the unimaginable ~ and with each new day, we are asked to receive yet another set of victims.

And, these once impenetrable walls of Community? Are now giving way under the weight of desperation.

How can we ever begin to find hope, when it seems that we are overwhelmed by helplessness?

I think His Holiness answered this question best:

"I always look at any event from a wider angle. There's always some problem, some killing, some murder or terrorist act or scandal everywhere, every day. But if you think the whole world is like that, you're wrong. Out of 6 billion humans, the troublemakers are just a handful."

I guess things are not as bad off as they are made to seem?

And, perhaps there's still hope for us 6 billion humans to effect the greatest of 'much needed' change?

Just a little something to consider.

Namaste, my most beautiful friends...