Feeling a little down? Need some words of encouragement?
Well, you’re in the right place.
Today, we’re going to share with you some words of wisdom from the great Dalai Lama that will inspire you to take on your mission and give it your all.
Check them out and prepared to be inspired:
If you’re feeling down, here are some words of wisdom from The Dalai Lama to pick you back up:
In the Dalai Lama’s book of Daily Meditations, The Dalai Lama had some great advice for anyone that’s lacking self-worth or self-esteem:
“Human potential is the same for all. Your feeling, “I am of no value”, is wrong. Absolutely wrong. You are deceiving yourself. We all have the power of thought – so what are you lacking? If you have willpower, then you can change anything. It is usually said that you are your own master.”
According to the Dalai Lama, we’re all capable of remarkable things.
The Dalai Lama says that if you’re struggling through hard times, don’t fear. It is through hard times that we can build our inner strength:
“When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways–either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.”
“Hard times build determination and inner strength. Through them we can also come to appreciate the uselessness of anger. Instead of getting angry nurture a deep caring and respect for troublemakers because by creating such trying circumstances they provide us with invaluable opportunities to practice tolerance and patience.”
The main tenant to The Dalai Lama’s philosophy is compassion and kindness. He says that if we’re to be happy, then it’s crucial that we work in the service of others.
Every moment we’re alive is a chance to act positively and build a better future for all:
“Sometimes when I meet old friends, it reminds me how quickly time passes. And it makes me wonder if we’ve utilized our time properly or not. Proper utilization of time is so important. While we have this body, and especially this amazing human brain, I think every minute is something precious. Our day-to-day existence is very much alive with hope, although there is no guarantee of our future. There is no guarantee that tomorrow at this time we will be here. But we are working for that purely on the basis of hope. So, we need to make the best use of our time. I believe that the proper utilization of time is this: if you can, serve other people, other sentient beings. If not, at least refrain from harming them. I think that is the whole basis of my philosophy.
So, let us reflect what is truly of value in life, what gives meaning to our lives, and set our priorities on the basis of that. The purpose of our life needs to be positive. We weren’t born with the purpose of causing trouble, harming others. For our life to be of value, I think we must develop basic good human qualities—warmth, kindness, compassion. Then our life becomes meaningful and more peaceful—happier.”
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So if you’re wondering what your purpose in life is, or if you’re lacking self-worth, have a think about what you can do for others.
As Gandhi once said, “you will find yourself when you lose yourself in the service of others”.
Every single one of us has the power of thought and the capability to make a significant change in our lives and others.
Here are some closing words from the Dalai Lama that will give you more motivation to take your mission:
“NEVER GIVE UP. No matter what is going on. Never give up. Develop the heart. Too much energy in your country is spent developing the mind instead of the heart. Be compassionate not just to your friends but to everyone. Be compassionate. Work for peace
in your heart and in the world. Work for peace. And I say again. Never give up. No matter what is going on around you. Never give up.”
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