Some Practical Advice From The Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama

“Every morning think as you wake up:

I am alive,

I have a precious human life,

I am not going to waste it.

I am going to use all of my energies to develop myself,

To expand my heart out to others,

To achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings.

I am not going to get angry,

Or think badly about others.

I am going to benefit others as much as I can.”

Whether we’re conscious of it or not, all of our actions begin with a motivation. Whether it’s going to the fridge to get  a snack or deciding to sell everything and build a yoga retreat center in Iceland, we have some kind of goal in mind.

Most of the time our goals are quite self-oriented. We want ourselves to be happy. We want comfort and security. Although there’s nothing wrong with pursuing our own happiness, it’s also good to expand our motivations to include others.

Try reciting this simple aspiration every morning for a month and see how it changes your attitude, your world view and your general sense of well-being.

About Chris Lemig

In 2007 I finally came out to family and friends as being gay. After twenty-three years of drug and alcohol addiction, I got sober, picked up a book on Buddhism then promptly bought a plane ticket to India. The Narrow Way is the story of how all that came to be.
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6 Responses to Some Practical Advice From The Dalai Lama

  1. Beautiful and a good reminder for me at a time and day when I needed it. Chris, Thank you for sharing this.

  2. Jack Blue says:

    Absolutely perfect timing ! Thanks so much, Chris. I will have this put up by my bed before the day is out.

  3. Linda Casey Guenard says:

    Chris, I read your book, an I was so inspired by your strength to make such a comittment to change your life! You are an inspiration to all of us! I believe in loving, acceptance of all people! This is often a painful journey for all of us, but there is always much to be thankful for. I love who you are an welcome to hear more about your journey! Love to you, Linda

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