Topsy Turvy Times

Lately. Life has been topsy turvy. The only routine is that there is no routine.

Of course. A great deal of this has to do with the busyness of our springtime schedules. School. Sports. Music. Meetings. Very modern-day, time and energy juggling.

And then there’s this crazy weather. Totally and completely out of character unpredictable. Over the span of April and May it has been really hot. Really cold. Really dry. Really rainy. Really windy. And there’s been hail. Big giant crazy hail.

Then, just yesterday there was a comically Gigantosaurus moon – looming menacingly close to earth. Or romantically close. If you like that sort of thing. Which I do.

Regardless. I think it made people a little nutsy. But then again. Maybe that’s just me. All in all a topsy turvy spring.

But more than anything. This no routine routine. Is impacted by the ways in which I have changed. My go to behaviors are becoming less and less valid. As I’m understanding the meaning of loving-kindness, equanimity, and ¬†joy. To practice what I’ve been preaching. Nonviolence. Nonaggression. Compassion. Has meant that I’ve needed to change a bunch of patterns. Habits that were learned and embedded.

In the book, The Pocket Pema Chodron, Pema suggests,

Every day we could reflect…and ask ourselves, “Am I going to add to the aggression in the world?” Every day at the moment when things get edgy, we can just ask ourselves, “Am I going to practice peace, or am I going to war?”

Am I going to add to the aggression of the world? Am I going to engage? How can I strengthen and heal myself so I can be more open to others?

Reflecting on these questions. Learning to discern what is harmful what is helpful. I am finding that the answers are not always the obvious ones. And that results aren’t always instant.

And so.

With patience. I’m confident that these topsy turvy times will make peace possible.

To Foster Non-Violence We Must Achieve Inner Peace

We can foster non-violence by educating ourselves and our children in the ways of compassion, empathy, and inner peace.

With affection.

With urgency.

We can train ourselves and our children in “wise selfishness.”

In the words of a semiretired simple Buddhist monk, “If you don’t take care of yourself, who will?”

Being in the presence of the Dalai Lama is to feel hope. Wisdom. Compassion. Inspiration. Humor. Humility. And again. Urgency.

He presents himself as a friend. An equal. A grandpa.

Who is on a mission to save the world from itself. By teaching how to achieve inner peace. And thereby. A kinder humanity. Kinder government. Kinder world.

Endeavoring to address the crowd without the use of his ever-present friend and translator, his heavily accented English can be difficult to follow. You must listen very closely to his words and watch his expression and demeanor.

In fact. It’s his demeanor that is most heartwarming. He is utterly congenial. Waving and smiling and bowing with his hands in prayer. His generosity, graciousness and humility was ever present in the way he rushed to ensure every person who was onstage received a white scarf. Each recipient slightly bows as His Holiness drapes it over their shoulders. And then he bows again to them. This incredible blessing bestowed with such genuine humility and kindness.

What an honor! I so wished I were on stage to receive a white scarf!

And so.

The morning discussion was dedicated to nonviolence and its role in creating a better world.

Three incredibly poised and brilliant 17 year olds presented their winning essays on the topic.

Such a wonderful job they did afterward the Dalai Lama came to the microphone and stated, “These people already know these things. They don’t need my talk.”

Indeed. But the rest of us certainly did.

You can change the world.

Practice. Train to find inner peace. And create a better world.