His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet ~ often referred to as an Ocean of Wisdom, is the manifestation of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Avalokitesvara.
Last June I was lucky enough to host a retreat to one of the most sacred places on the planet - Australia's very own Uluru.
As if that wasn't amazing enough, our group met the Dalai Lama!!
It is such an honour and I for one feel incredibly blessed.
So, what does the Dalai Lama and his teachings have to do with regular people living regular lives you might ask? Its a good question, and the answer is a great deal.
There is much that can be learned from such an incredibly conscious Being, regardless of whether we are Buddhists or not.
"Imagine if, instead of when you look in the mirror each day criticising how your body looks or how you acted the day before, you would see before you a soul in search of itself."
Imagine for a moment that everything and everyone in this world operated from a place of compassion instead of greed, selfishness, fear, competition or judgement.
Even just thinking about this scenario, can you feel how different the world would be?
Imagine for a moment that you had embodied compassion and that every thing you thought or saw or did came from this place.
Imagine how different you might act around people or situations in your life. Instead of judging others, in its place would be great understanding of them and their actions.
You would instantly recognise the troubles they were facing in their life and rather than judge their clumsy way of dealing with their own woes, you could simply feel loving towards them and even offer to listen to them.
Now take your imagination just a little further....to yourself.
Imagine if, instead of when you look in the mirror each day criticising how your body looks or how you acted the day before, you would see before you a soul in search of itself.
You would recognise that you are just doing your best and that your best is always as good as it gets.
That even if you tried harder, you can only ever do your best in the circumstances that you are faced with and at the level of awareness that you have at this time.
What a very different life and world we would all live in!
How to practice compassion: We are not all destined to become fully realised Bodhisttvas (great realised souls who have dealt with all their karmas and take on karmas of others and reincarnate again and again to help humanity) in this lifetime.
However, we are all moving towards this at differing rates through our incarnations.
You can help yourself along that path greatly by simply deciding to do so.
When something really tricky hits your life, or someone, try to really listen between the words or actions to get an idea of whats really going on for that person or in that situation.
You should find that underneath what isnt being said is the truth, which may be based in a lot of fear or uncertainty; and 6. let someone know that you have heard them.
You don't need to necessarily agree with them, but simply affirm that you have heard them.
Then stand back and observe the changes flowing through your life and be amazed at how others begin to have more compassion towards you.
After all, we are simply mirrors for each other. I have lots of programs, meditations, retreats and private sessions on offer so jump aboard.
To make any change in our life, we have to do something different.
Wishing you all many blessings of abundance prosperity love and laughter.