Be Well Be Happy

Finally, it almost feels like the season is turning and all at once it is darker and cooler and busier.  All at once.  I have one foot in summer and one foot in what lies ahead. That is probably why my “balance” is a little off and neither here nor there.  So, I just move forward and don’t linger on the what is not happening and why and, and, and because we have change and flow all around, sometimes in big ways like changes of the seasons.  And I say to myself that I will soon resume my balance.  Maybe not so fast, though, as all of the occurrences of non-happiness and violence and discord prevail in our perimeters on a daily basis.  And if we are thinking, feeling human beings, it affects us. 

It is a struggle to be centered, focused and be the example for others.  I was reminded by my fellow yoga teacher of an interview with Dalai Lama and Bishop Desmond Tutu and how they were so light and happy given all that they have seen, been through, know. 

The turning of the season, in a way, is inspirational. Newness. Thinking differently. How can I help?  What can I say that will be positive? How am I positive – even – rather than thinking about how to be positive?  I am in awe of the people who live by:  “be the change you want to see in the world.”   They live it 24 hours a day. Like the Dalai Lama and Bishop Desmond Tutu. And there are others. And others. And others. These are the people I want to listen to, focus on and know.

When it is a matter of survival, it is a very different thing to face than when it is a matter of betterment.  However, one of the lessons is the same: there is strength in numbers and the more we join together to be positive and peaceful and helpful, the better the world will be. By spreading the message of peace and unity rather than violence and separateness, we can be content, diverse and happy.  Watch some Youtube events with the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu – you are sure to be inspired to “be the change.”  At a children’s event, the Dalai Lama was asked by one of the students, “How can one eliminate anger?”  He said, by thinking, not just praying or chanting, by thinking what is the source of the anger.  Usually it is fear, which leads to frustration which leads to anger. So using the mind to control the negative emotions and turn them to positive ones. I think that is a powerful reminder of how we can use our minds to our greatest benefit. 

So, as we go into this season anew, again, I have hope that the chain of humanity fostered by our modern-day prophets will prevail and the little ones will grow to live without fear in harmony.

May you be happy. May you be free. May you be grateful. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace.

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