I’ve been studying the teachings of the 14th Dalai Lama lately and he mainly focuses on practicing the art of Compassion. What’s crazy is that the 14th Dalai Lama was chosen by a group of lamas and religious dignitaries after the death of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso, who passed in 1933. When the 13th Dalai Lama passed away, his head was facing South then turned to the Northeast. This interpretation meant that he was facing towards the next reincarnation – the home of the 14th Dalai Lama. All this reincarnation stuff is crazy right?
Anyway, he speaks heavily about how important it is to be compassionate. Being compassionate isn’t just about caring for someone close to you, it’s also about caring for another’s well being, including strangers and enemies. It’s about helping and relieving ones struggles other than your own, even if that person pisses you off. Lol.
I’ve been a strong believer in Altruism all my life and some may say that I’m naive or I shouldn’t sacrifice my happiness before my own. But the truth is, it hurts me more to see someone else suffer. And if I feel that I can relieve someone else from their struggles, I will put them before me. It isn’t reciprocated often, but I rarely expect anything in return. I just feel that we are all human and we all face adversity at least once in our lifetime, some more than others. People may also see that being compassionate is a sign of weakness, but to me, I see it as a sign of strength. And if my kindness gets taken advantage of, it’s best to leave it in God’s hands anyway.
I have also been practicing Bodhicitta at least twice a day (Yes, TWICE! I might go 3! Lol) Bodhicitta is a form of meditation and it allows me to stabilize my mind before I start my day. Nothing is more difficult than taking a deep breath and visualizing all your negative thoughts then having to exhale it out. Lol. I’ve learned that it takes a ton of work, especially when you’ve been through hell and the end result is you wishing your enemies well. That shit takes hella hella practice which is why I do it when I wake up and before I close my eyes. 😂 All jokes aside, my inner Dalai Lama has helped me get through my most stressful days.
Anyway, I’ll post more about my spiritual journey at a later time. It’s 2am and I need to sleep but it’s too damn hot in my room.