“It is worth remembering that the time of greatest gain in terms of wisdom and inner strength is often that of greatest difficulty.” ~ Dalai Lama
It goes without saying that life isn’t always easy.
As simplistic as it sounds, we can only go two directions- into a depressive state or into a state that moves forward and brings about the best in us.
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” ~ Plato
Everyone is looking for happiness; they just go about it in different ways.
That struggle can be pretty brutal for people.
Remember- give love and happiness whenever you can…it may change someone’s life.
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” ~ Mother Teresa
Spiritually speaking, we are all one.
To the extent we forget that, to that extent we have division in the world.
If everyone made the effort to see every person as their own, they wouldn’t be anything other than compassionate to others.
“I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.” ~ Kahlil Gibran
People who do unkind things teach us how much better it is to be a good person.
The lesson is hard and uncomfortable, but it helps change us. In a strange way, we could almost be thankful to them.
When tragedy strikes, don’t forget that.
“God’s dream is that you and I and all of us will realize that we are family, that we are made for togetherness, for goodness, and for compassion.” ~ Desmond Tutu
Working together, we will create a world that’s far more sustainable and beautiful than without each other.
Even when the chips are down, always remember there’s an opportunity to right those wrongs by making a positive effort.
“It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
All spiritual teachings say that we have the capability to love anyone and everyone. This is because we all come from the same spiritual reservoir.
Jesus himself, as he was being put on the cross, said: “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
It may seem like like the greatest test, but it’s possible to love your enemy.
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” ~ Dalai Lama
It’s easy to lash out when someone harms you, but that’s not necessarily what builds towards a better future.
If we never forgave each other, we’d never be able to have peace.
Practice forgiveness in all its aspects, and you’ll see yourself feel better and difficult circumstances dissipate.
“A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world: everyone you meet is your mirror.” ~ Ken Keyes
If you dwell on negative things, negativity will follow you around like a cloud.
Like attracts like. Be kind and compassionate and you’ll notice how you uplift others.
In the face of adversity, people will seek you out.
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping. To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” ~ Mr. Rogers
I love this quote so much!
No matter the situation, you’ll always see people trying to make a difference.
Sure, there’s some awful things in the world…but there are equally wonderful people too.
Choose to see the positive.
“Practice gentleness, seek truth, give up anger, do not slander, and have compassion for all beings. Be gentle, modest, and useful to others.” ~ Krishna
This is an essential teaching of spirituality.
It’s so simple…and yet so profound. If the world were to practice just these few things, war and trauma would be a much more rare occurrence