“At a fundamental level, as human beings, we are all the same; each one of us aspires to happiness and each one of us does not wish to suffer.” – His Holiness the 14th Dalai Llama of Tibet
There have been moments of profound happiness in my life. Just thinking about them creates a warm glow in my heart. I can feel myself smiling, and if someone were to walk in the room right now, they’d see me and smile, too. Happiness is catching.
But what really strikes me about the Dalai Llama is his ability to continually aspire to a state of happiness in spite of everything he has gone through. He has known great suffering, has lived with the physical experience of human nature at its worst, yet he is unshaken in his belief that we are all meant to be happy.
The Dalai Llama teaches that happiness is achieved by choosing not to suffer. Choosing not to suffer is achieved by training our minds. The Dalai Llama has mastered the ability to choose happiness over suffering, but he would be the first to tell you that it doesn’t happen overnight. We can start with simple, everyday experiences. For example, I can stand impatiently in a long line at the store, or I can stand there thankful for the extra time it gives me to relax. Training ourselves to perpetually seek that silver lining can prepare us to find strength and acceptance in situations that are not so easy. It takes practice.
In my last blog, I wrote about the impact our positive or negative words can have on others, including water and plants. Choosing happiness is ultimately about how we direct such words to ourselves. We can make ourselves wilt or grow with the power of our own thoughts, regardless of the situation. It’s all in how we tell ourselves to think about it. Definitely not easy to do, but Quintessence Creations was founded with the idea that we can help people on their path to healing and happiness. Sometimes that lovely image, or inspirational saying, or peaceful scent, can remind us of those warm, glowing moments in our hearts.
With sincere wishes for your happiness,