Last week, I received an inspiring email from one of my great life teachers, Mr. GS Jayadev. He is the founder of the Deenabandhu Trust Children’s Home in Chamarajanager, Karnataka, South India. I’ve been visiting and volunteering with Deenabandhu since 2006. Though I teach Jayadev yogasana (yoga poses) during my annual visits, he’s taught me far more about the greater philosophy of yoga. Everyday, he practices the great discipline of karma yoga, which is a path of yoga devoted to selfless service. Since 1992, Jayadev has provided shelter, food, and education to hundreds of destitute and orphaned children.
So, what did my Jayadev send me?
A wonderful list of 10 thoughts from someone he and I both consider a great teacher: His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This list was something the Tibetan spiritual leader shared with the public on his 77th birthday on July 6 and has since been circulating the Internet. While every thought on the list resonated with me, I’d love to share three that really stuck in my mind:
1. Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
2. We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
3. Sleep is the best meditation.
I invite you to carry this wisdom of the Dalai Lama through your day today. If you find yourself in a situation where you are tested, how can you tap into your well of love and kindness? Also, remind yourself of and honor your ability to share love and care.
And don’t skip out on sleep! I once heard the Dalai Lama in an interview emphasizing how he tries to never compromise his eighthours of sleep. It is an indispensible and nurturing processing ground!