A Precious Human Life (H.H. 14th Dalai Lama)

Like something out of a fantasy novel, this magical scroll has transformed my life. It hangs in my home office, and has become a daily prayer, a mantra I read upon awakening, and something I reflect on throughout the day:

A Precious Human Life:

Every day, think as you wake up:

“Today I am fortunate to have woken up.
I am alive, I have a precious human life.
I am not going to waste it.

I am going to use
all my energies to develop myself,
to expand my heart out to others,
to achieve enlightenment for
the benefit of all beings.

I am going to have
kind thoughts towards others.
I am not going to get angry,
or think badly about others.

I am going to benefit others
as much as I can.”

I recently saw a graphic that demonstrates the fact that increasing something by 1% every day gives you nearly 38 times as much of that thing in just one year. Or, as I posted on FB:

Awesome. Getting 1% better at something every day makes you 38x as good in one year. Getting 1% worse every day turns you into a zero in one year 🙂

You can see that consistency is the key.

I’m practicing getting 1% better at some things this year. I have at least one physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual goal with this 1% aim. In the spiritual column, I have two goals, and one of them is to become 1% better at embodying the Dalai Lama’s above words in “A Precious Human Life,” each day.

So as I wake up, while the subconscious is particularly receptive, I contemplate A Precious Human Life. I give thanks for the gift of being alive, I remember the goal, and I remind myself that all of my thoughts and feelings have an effect on both myself and others. And I pray that I can be of benefit to, as the Buddhists say, all sentient beings. This typically means focusing on a small number of people, such as my family, friends, and clients. I feel fortunate, indeed.

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