I dislike the word ‘power’. In this case, I’m going to use the word ‘light’ as I feel they are interchangeable. The light that resides within you is the most important tool you have. This light has the utmost strength to change someone’s life anywhere and at any time.
Today marks the Tibetan New Year (Lhosar). It normally is a time of celebration, bringing new energy, life, and spiritual season to Tibetans. Unfortunately, this year is different than most. The crisis in Tibet is seemingly unyielding. Many individuals have sacrificed their lives to better their people, culture, religion, and land.
My heart breaks daily as I read the latest news and see the latest photos. I care so deeply of this culture as it is a reflection (and origin) of my Tibetan Buddhist faith. Today, I recite this ‘mantra’ with my mala and I simply ask you to repeat it to yourself consciously:
Divine love flowing through me blesses and multiplies all that I give, all that I receive, and all that I am.
This dedication and acknowledgement of the light within you has the strength to change the world. I realize that phrase is subdued, but I firmly believe that setting the intention for peace among everyone, ESPECIALLY those in time of crisis (spiritual crisis), makes all of the difference in the world.
It is my mission in life to continue to thoroughly submerge myself in my Buddhist practice. It is also my mission to educate myself and everyone I can on the issues going on in the Himalayas. I don’t care how many days, prayers, mantras, breaths, asanas, donations, pledges, chants, protests, letters, or how much love it takes to change ONE person’s life who needs it.
Happy Tibetan New Year to you all. I hope this year brings hope. If there is anything to be said today, it is that you have the light (POWER) inside of you to make a sincere, life-changing difference.