“Rejoicing [in the well-being of others] is the best remedy for jealousy and envy. Rejoicing does not depend on material or physical actions—it can be done while you are working, eating, or sleeping. It can be done at any time, and it is such a simple way to create good karma.”
“Some thoughts in my mind may be as dark as a moonless night. Yet just as the sun rises each day, the light of God is always available to lift me up. I break out of the darkness by allowing Love to flood my mind and heart. I awaken to the truth—I am an amazing expression of God, a blessing to the world!
Recognition of my truth brings me into balance. I become aware of the warm summer air caressing my body, the beating of my heart, and the rhythm of my breath. I remain in this awareness and feel energy increasing in me. I celebrate love overflowing in me.
I give thanks for my ever-present Source of energy—the light of God. I radiate my energy into the world for the benefit of all humanity.”
“My life is a celebration of God’s love. I look to scripture for words to describe my joy. The Psalms speak to me and my heart sings: “Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary … Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance. Praise him with strings and pipe!”
My body—the temple of God—fills with the sounds of my celebration of Love. I feel the trumpet sounding within me. The lute and harp resonate in every activity of my day, bringing about joyful harmony. My motions are a dance of spiritual bliss. I carry the energy of divine celebration with me wherever I go. I shine my light in all I do, and brighten the lives of others. Praise God!”
The Dalai Lama is turning 80 years old on July 6, but he doesn’t want any gifts. Instead, your social media presence is the present.
In honor of his milestone birthday, His Holiness is asking people to share photos, videos and quotes depicting people simply treating one another kindly, along with the hashtag #withcompassion on social accounts.
“He has done so much to spread peace and compassion to the world – this is our opportunity to truly say thank you and to show him the incredible impact his work has on the global community,” Ven. Lama Tenzin Dhonden, founder and chair of Friends of the Dalai Lama nonprofit, said in an email statement.
The Dalai Lama’s network of friends — including Common, Arianna Huffington, Larry King, Russell Simmons and Randy Jackson — are helping get the word out in the video above. Watch the clip and help celebrate the big day by sharing a post about what it means to live #withcompassion.