his holiness the dalai lama

I apologize in advance for the text-heavy post. I forgive you if you don't read the whole thing. But if you do, let me know what you think :)

I've talked about my forays with religion before. I haven't really found my place in that world quite yet, but I believe there's something there for me.

I have a strong belief that even if you do not follow the religion, there are still things that can be learned from what another religious figure has to say. So even if you're not Buddhist, I suggest you give His Holiness the Dalai Lama a shot. He's a wildly intelligent, influential and spirited individual. And he knows what he's talking about.

I follow HHDL on Twitter; he will tweet a (roughly) daily inspirational message that just sort of gets me thinking in the morning. At first I thought it was funny that someone as...well...holy as HHDL would have a Twitter, but I warmed up to it. And have now learned to love it. This afternoon, he tweeted a message he wrote on countering stress and depression.

After the rush of the holiday season, I've often been known to succumb back into my depression. It's been something of a battle for me for years now. It comes in waves, but it can leave me just as quickly as it came. The sudden jerking of happiness from holidays to nothing combined with the bleak weather and the constant chill in your bones, sometimes it can just feel hard to resist. I've found myself just falling into my rut. Winter months tend to be my downfall.

So I figured, someone as worldly and chock full o' wisdom as HHDL would have a message inspiring for me. And right I was. You see, there are very few writers who can pinpoint what it is that I am trying to discover. But this was spot on.

If you don't feel like reading HHDL's whole message, here are some key points:

He offers these words for dealing with stress and sadness:

"If the situation or problem is such that it can be remedied, then there is no need to worry about it. In other words, if there is a solution or a way out of the difficulty, you do not need to be overwhelmed by it."

Instead of worrying about what could happen or why it happened, take the energy to solve it. Simple, non?

And for depression, he shares this:

"We must take into consideration even the slightest positive aspect of our lives. For if we fail to find some way of uplifting ourselves, there is every danger of sinking further into our sense of powerlessness. This can lead us to believe that we have no capacity for doing good whatsoever. Thus we create the conditions of despair itself."

And I believe these words can stretch beyond depression to sadness in general. It encompasses such a broad range of emotion, that we ourselves can change. Amazing perspective.

If you're ever looking for something inspirational, or even just a different look at the life we all lead together on this earth, I suggest giving HHDL's writing a shot. He's got a lot of wisdom to share. And even if you don't believe in his holiness or Buddhism in general, there's still something to be learned from him.

Plus, he's just such a wise, peaceful man. I can only hope to one day have a perspective as diverse as his.

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