Would the Dalai Lama Approve?

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Mammoth California Be gentle with the earth-Dalai LamaI had a conversation with a loved one once about the Dalai Lama with regard to reincarnation. He thought the idea was absurd that amongst the new born babies, one could just be selected as the "chosen one." Subsequently, he felt the upbringing of the child is what ultimately resulted in the Dalai Lama becoming an insightful leader rather than the chosen baby being the incarnation of a remarkably evolved soul. That's rational, right?

I don't think so.

In your daily life, in your daily dealings, in your daily meetings, have you met anyone who has even half the amount of wisdom and insight as the Dalai Lama? As I read through The Dalai Lama's Instructions for Life, I'm touched to the very depths of my heart. In these simple instructions, he covers every aspect of a fully lived, multi-dimensional life.

As I read through his advice for living, I think to myself that I need to read these every morning to remind myself how to live each new day mindfully. Because, late in life, I want to think back and be able to enjoy this life for a second time. Then, I think to myself, "I wonder what the Dalai Lama would think of the life I'm living?" I know I could do more, but I remind myself to go easy with expectations because I'm doing the best I can. With that simple dose of mindful self-compassion, I imagine him smile and nod, as I know compassion is exactly what he would hope for me. My final thought is of my daily dealings and the people I meet in every day life. As wonderful as so many of these people may be, not one of them could bestow this kind of wise instruction upon me. Of all the yogis and gurus I've come across working for Yoga Journal, traveling in the spiritual circles of my personal life and upbringing, I have not met a single person or prophet generously offering this kind of applicable, altruistic insight on living.

If you ask me, that kind of wisdom isn't learned in just one lifetime.

So, I remind you and myself again, to go easy...you're doing the best you can in this life.