The Dalai Lama was in Ottawa today, April 28th! I was fortunate enough to go with a friend who had won tickets to the talk today. I hadn’t planned on going since I had seen him a few years ago when he last came to Ottawa, so it was an unexpected gift to go!
His Holiness the Dalai Lama walked onto the stage today and the energy in the room, even before he came out from behind the curtain, was huge. It shifted from anticipation to elation super quickly. When he appeared on stage, it was so powerful, it was this wave of love that just swept through the Civic Centre, where 7000 people had gathered to hear his insights and messages. I had tears in my ears and so much admiration in my heart for him. It’s interesting, because I only know a little bit about him, but I do know that he is the truth, he lives his life from his heart and he speaks the truth. There isn’t any bull from him, he just speaks the truth and lives that way. I think we all felt it today, the truth and the love that emanates from him, he is truly what we are all seeking and he represents what we can all do, regardless of who we were in a past life and who we are right now. He is hope, truth and love, and because of this, he can see the world changing.
Today, he said that the 20th century was a century of violence, and that we were living in such a state of fear, fear of death, fear of the world being blown up. Then he gave many examples of how the world is starting to shift, like how we are starting to care about our planet more, and he said that with these examples, we all have the power, humanity as a whole, to make this the century of peace. It is truly what we all dream of, a world beyond power and control, a world of love and peace and camaraderie where we support one another instead of suspect one another of being out to get us. He mentioned that to have a true friendship, there needs to be trust and respect. He said we can’t have that relationship without trust. He said the opposite is to not trust your friends, which then leads to being suspicious of everyone, and if you live from that place, it gets quite lonely, because you have to keep a distance to be safe. He was coaching us all to try it, to try to trust, to shift our perspective of anger and irritation towards others, to try to look at that enemy differently, to take a second and not be taken over by the emotion, but to feel the anger taking over and then breathe and see if you can look at that person differently. It was awesome to hear!!
I super appreciated his words today, he confirmed quite a few things for me today about the work I am doing for myself:
- learning that we are not our emotions and that we have a choice, let them be who we are, or not give up our power to our emotions and try to see beyond them
- I used to be too scared to trust anyone, I was always hiding from others, and I was so lonely. I’ve been shifting away from how I used to view the world and have been letting people in, learning the world is safe, that I am safe no matter where I go and that there is so much more beauty in the world when we can be open and trusting, that life is so beautiful when we can love others and let them love us
- compassion is the key, even towards people we wouldn’t normally be compassionate to. opening up your heart and seeing that person and their situation instead of seeing them through our veils of emotions and baggage. I kind of see the compassion that he talks about as a lack of judgement, we all live from such a judgemental place (myself included and I will keep working on it until I can live from a place of freedom!!), and to move beyond the judgement and when we do, there is only love, acceptance and compassion for our fellow human beings with whom we share the planet
- motherly love is super important, lots of affection for the children and training and coaching as they age about mindfulness, ethics and compassion
- our school systems are not adequate, they need to focus on the heart and the mind and all the emotions and thoughts and how they can take over, but that we can focus on mindfulness, compassion and living from the heart instead. He said there is focus on the physical body in school but no focus on learning about the mind and the heart and how to use them as tools instead of the ego/mind working against us.
I felt like the Dalai Lama was talking to me when he shared his thoughts about the school system being inappropriate for our current times, especially as we have just committed to homeschooling our 3 year old daughter, and I have been teaching those same principles to a group of children through yoga, dance and singing!
As I have been doing this healing work, I have been more and more led to work with children, to teach them about how to be in this world without getting taken over by it, without losing themselves (like I did). I’ve been creating these classes to teach this to kids and I have been loving it. I’m calling the classes Playing From The Heart: Kids Connect and it is so amazing for me to teach the kids about how they can come back to their hearts no matter what is going on in the world. For example, yesterday in our class, one of the kids was upset and it was slightly distracting so I said to the kids, “okay, so let’s do our eensy weensy spider meditation and let’s just sit quietly, breathe into your heart and feel your body. Let’s see if we can change the energy in here and bring in some quiet.” So we did that. We sat for about 30 seconds and I was just gently coaching them and sure enough, the peace and quiet in that room was almost as powerful as when the Dalai Lama walked in. I told the kids, “look what you all just did, look how powerful this is, you all just did this, I didn’t do it, I just told you you could and you all made it happen.” I could see it sinking into the kids, that no matter what, they could always come back to this place of love and security, right inside them. I told them they could do that at the grocery store if there is a crazy panic in there or at home or wherever and I’m thinking they’ll actually start to do it. To me, that’s what we all need to learn how to do, this is what needs to be taught in school, how to connect to you, so you know yourself, so you can come back home when you are lost, home in your heart. We need to teach this to kids, their parents and every one, so we can all stop reaching for material things, or for others to help us, when we have so much within that is unacknowledged, and it’s only unacknowledged because we haven’t been taught about it. I was so excited to hear the Dalai Lama saying just what I know is true, let us teach the children, let us guide them and teach them about their hearts, about living in this world, about mindfulness, and let’s let them play and have a blast all while doing it. Nice. Nice confirmation that I am on the right path for me, for our children, for our planet, that I am learning all of this through the healing work I’m doing, to share it with our children and their parents, so that the century of peace may actually be possible. It needs to start within, if we can all learn about how to cultivate mindfulness, compassion and inner peace, the world will change on its own, and we will live in our glory, like we all can together.
Namaste Your Holiness. Namaste to the children, namaste to our future of light and peace and love and compassion. Namaste to my heart, that which has been beating quite loudly lately and has been guiding me towards this work with kids that the world needs.