A Reason to Smile Today.
|The Dalai Lama has reasons to smile too!|
Well, actually, there are FOUR. His Holiness The Dalai Lama has done it again - he has spoken words so beautiful that I just can't choose between the gems I found. So, I'm sharing all of them!
Have a beautiful, fun, adventurous, relaxing, and compassionate weekend. Honor the animals and your kiss-worthy selves with vegan living, lots of hugs, and abundant thinking! I'm going to jot a few things down in my gratitude journal today. How about you?
(If you don't already have a gratitude journal, I highly recommend it. Just pick up a notebook, and write down at least five things you are grateful for every day. The long-term results of this practice may happily surprise you!)
And now, onto the Dalai Lama, my biggest reason to smile today:
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“Compassion is most important for happiness. We must treat fellow human beings as equal, that is very important, but also all beings who have capacity for feeling. So the innate desire for happiness that is the basis of human rights extends to all sentient beings, including animals and insects. There are now some individuals and organizations who care about animal rights and are showing concern about the suffering or torture of animals. I have noticed among ordinary people, out of their love and compassion, growing efforts for promotion of vegetarianism. These are the right kinds of expression of compassion, very positive and encouraging signs.”
“Life is as dear to the mute creature as it is to a man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not to die, so do other creatures."
“Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal Responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.”
|One of Steve's biggest reasons to smile.|
“Never give up. No matter what is going on, never give up. Develop the heart. Too much energy in your country is spent developing the mind instead of the heart. Be compassionate not just to your friends but to everyone. Be compassionate. Work for peace in your heart and in the world. Work for peace and I say again, never give up. No matter what is happening, no matter what is going on around you. Never give up.”
What are YOUR reasons to smile today?