Came across this great poster in my clicking around
and it made me certainly made me stop and think!
“If you think you are too small to make a difference,
try sleeping with a mosquito!”
-The Dalai Lama.
So often when faced with a moral wrong we feel powerless to make a difference and walk away from making a stand. “It’s no good trying to change things, what I say or do won’t make a difference.”
If people like Mandela, Gandhi, Helen Keller, Fred Hollows and a legion of others had said this and just let things stay as they were our world today would be even worse than it is now and the suffering and injustice they overcame would still plague us.
Helen Keller summed it up for me when she said,
“I am only one but still I am one.
I cannot do everything but still
I can do something.
I will not refuse to do the something I can do!”
Now more than ever we ALL need to stand side by side, as one people sharing one world to save and protect each others right to peace, happiness, freedom and a safe healthy environment in which to live.
The choice lies with each of us…
find a way to make a change for the better.
A might body of water is made from countless small drops joining together. If an injustice is knocking on your heart’s door and making itself known to you don’t ignore it.
You CAN help make a change today for brighter tomorrow.
On Friday night we attended a performance of ” Peace Train” by Darren Coggan in the beautiful old Star Court Theatre. For over two magical hours he unfolded for us the life journey of Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens). He performed 25 of Cat Stevens most famous songs as we sat in hushed silence and awe not just of his ability but of his search for the true purpose and meaning of his life, here was a man who had sold over 60 million records, had all the fame and riches of stardom , who simply turned his back on everything to seek his true path. For too long he had felt the emptiness of “The Good Life”. When faced with his own mortality through a near death experience he had to find answers. Darren Coggan quoted the famous saying “There are no atheists on a sinking boat” and a murmur of agreement ran through the packed theatre. Cat Stevens born of a Greek Orthodox father and Baptist mother who had been schooled at a Catholic school found his answers, after studying many different religions and philosophical paths, in the Koran. He became a Muslim giving up alcohol, drugs and worldly riches.Today he is a leading philanthropist only performing aid charity, especially those supporting children. He has found his path and can now face death peacefully.
Captain Paul Watson, the founder of “The Sea Shepherd” organisation, travels the world fighting to save the world’s endangered oceans and creatures. His life’s journey has been so different that you would think they shared little in common, that is until you read the final chapter of his biography, where he states:-
“Experience has taught me that the secret to happiness is detachment from material desires, a focus on the desires of the heart and a curious mind, regardless of what people might think.
Happiness is not about what you own, it’s about what’s in your heart, the things you try and what you do to make the world a better place, regardless of how you choose to get involved.
Living outside the material world doesn’t mean lacking material assets. It means not being possessed by the things you possess. It means not being terrified of losing your material assets, if it becomes necessary, and it also means not betraying your integrity, your principles and especially your freedom in order to keep them. It means refraining from making decisions that are motivated by profit. It means making your dreams come true, whatever they may be.” Captain Paul Watson like Yusuf Islam has discovered what we all need to remember, that it doesn’t matter if you’re a lawyer, teacher, actor, prime minister, house wife, journalist or anything else, always put your talents into making our world a better place and ask yourself what the future consequences of your actions will be.
According to the philosophy of the Iroquois Nation: “Never do anything without thinking about the consequences it will have seven generation later”.
If we all follow this path what a different world we will have. Peace will reign, poverty be a thing of the past, all people will be treated equally, with fairness and dignity. Our world will be protected, conserved and cherished and when our time to take our leave we will make that final road in peace, knowing we did our best to make this world a better place.”
A beautiful lady called Ann shared her view of people following different religions, she made the analogy to a diamond ” If you stand along way back from it you see only one colour but when you get closer you find it has many different and equally different colours. All these different colours are part of the and together make up the brilliant “white Light”
The Dalai Lama said at a teaching I attended that we have different faiths to allow for our differing natures and cultures.
I believe that it really doesn’t matter so much which path you follow, what matters is to find the path that speaks to your higher self and follow it with the strong determination of reaching the “Divine Source”. If you are truly following your soul path you will be lead to the light. You will understand that each and every action counts, none are too small to matter. Your path won’t be free of suffering, no life is but even in the darkest hours you will have hope, a shinning light which helps illuminate that darkness.
We each decide when we will begin fulfilling our true purpose and when, if ever, we begin our journey to the light, maybe you have already, if not I wish you success in finding your true soul path. It may not appear as impressive or as world changing as Yusuf Islam’s or Captain Paul Watson’s or any of the many other famous people we hear of but fulfilment and true happiness lies at it’s end.
A jigsaw picture of a blue sky is incomplete if even one piece is missing!
May you enjoy the journey Namaste.
Today some are looking longingly to the skies praying for rain to give them a hope of saving their farms.
Others stare up at the approaching clouds in fear, having just seen thousands swept away and whole towns destroyed.
Same day, different countries but one overriding need,
the need for compassion from those around them, but who are seemingly blind to their need,
to reach out a helping hand.
We are all so vulnerable in the face of natures mighty power and life so fragile.
The needs of mankind seem overwhelming and feeling helpless it often seems easier turn away and busy ourselves with other more manageable tasks.
I, too, often feel overwhelmed,
I have no monetary wealth to give out as a helping hand
BUT I DO HAVE
A minute to listen to those I know who are struggling, a warm hug of understanding, a family heal table to share and a prayer I can say each and every day…
“May all sentient beings have happiness and the cause of happiness.
May all sentient beings be free of suffering and the cause of suffering.
May all sentient beings live in peace and harmony and have their needs met.”
It is a based a Buddhist prayer and it always reminds me of how we are all connected in this world.
We all have common needs, hopes and fears and one language-
the language of love and compassion ,
a language that we all understand.
Don’t turn away, you can help, just say a little prayer
and make time to be there for others.
Love and Compassion are powerful beyond belief.
This, the first lotus flower of the year, reminds me once again of how incredibly beautiful life is.
From the muddy depths such beauty reaches towards the light and bursts forth.
There is always hope, while we live , we grow.
Love conquers all, it sees no differences and knows only total acceptance. We see it most often between animals, frequently between animals and human beings but only occasionally between humans and humans, We have so much to learn from animals
Venerable Lobsang Tendar with some students (I am in the white top) at a retreat last year.
I am looking forward to August when at another retreat I will learn more.
Tibetans use an ancient form of medicine called “The Knowledge of Healing” whose origins are believed to be based on the teachings of the historical Buddha.
In the Tibetan medical tradition, the concept of well-being takes into account the full dynamics of mind, body and spirit to achieve effective and comprehensive healing. It utilizes the power of mantra (a creative repetitive sound) and the power of meditative stabilization.
In Tibetan Buddhist healing the notion of the law of karma implies infinite interlinked causes for any single event.
Three emotions known as the “Three Interior Poisons” are considered to be the root of all illness.
The first poison is desire or passion, which manifests as grasping at objects or pleasant experiences.
The second poison is hatred which manifests as pushing away of unpleasant experiences or objects.
Finally, ignorance or confusion, the third poison involves misunderstanding the nature of an object or a particular experience.
It is vital for anyone involved in healing to develop compassion for without compassion for self and others no true healing can take place.
If you are interested in learning more about Tibetan Healing or studying it contact Venerable Lobsang Tendar (There is a link on this site just click on the smiling Buddhist Monk widget) or google Tendar. He is an amazing, humble monk whose life is dedicated to healing. He now lives in Melbourne, Australia but if you live anywhere else in the world I am sure he can advise you on avenues of further study.
If you are motivated to study, learn and change I encourage you to do it.
We all say ” Tomorrow I’ll do that” but tomorrow never comes, so I say,” the perfect time to start something never comes so best do it now!”
Remember Michael Jackson said in “Man in the Mirror”
“If you want to make the world a better place,
take a look at yourself and make the change.”
Such wise words but like most of us I suspect he was going to do it tomorrow.
Make the change today, become a healer, you don’t have to be Tibetan to develop compassion. Mind you they have an awful lot to teach most of us. The teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Tendar have been a great light to me personally and I am deeply thankful for their sharing of their knowledge and life’s journey. People like them change everyone they come in contact with and in doing so they certainly are changing the world.
Blessings on your journey.