“We can reject everything else: religion, ideology, all received wisdom. But we cannot escape the necessity of LOVE and COMPASSION….This, then, is my true religion, my simple faith.
In this sense, there is no need for temple or church, for mosque or synagogue, no need for complicated philosophy, doctrine or dogma. Our own heart, our own mind, is the temple. The doctrine is COMPASSION. LOVE for others and RESPECT for their rights and dignity, no matter who or what they are: ultimately these are all we need. So long as we practice these in our daily lives, then no matter if we are learned or unlearned, whether we believe in Buddha or God, or follow some other religion or none at all, as long as we have compassion for others and conduct ourselves with restraint out of a sense of responsibility, there is no doubt we will be HAPPY.”
~ Dalai Lama
How many times have you faced challenges that, in retrospect, handed you the keys to the greatest gift of all: understanding yourself? For it's easy to be kind, positive, compassionate and centered when everything is flowing along nicely, isn't it? But it's the challenges in life that really show us our own strengths and limitations.
Every challenge we encounter, would be improved by increased consciousness. Every relationship, every decision, every creation, is so much sweeter when it comes from expanded consciousness and love.
Lest you think this is a vast generalization, just imagine what life could be if we were more awake, more loving, more generous, more kind. Imagine!
I have realized that the past and future are real illusions,
that they exist in the present,
which is what there is and all there is. ~ Alan Watts