Excerpted from "Essence of Tibetan Buddhism", Sunday, August 18, 2013
We are driven from incident to incident. It’s what we do. We spend all our time in emergency management. There may be no emergency, but we spend our time that way. That’s because we haven’t thought it through properly.
So give yourself time and opportunity. Get your mind to breathe. Get your body to breathe in and out and relax a little bit. Give your mind the opportunity to function naturally, smoothly. Take it away from obsession, from hatred and from ignorance. Let it be natural, let it be normal, think about it.
When you are able to think, breathe a little bit and you will be able to see how your days and nights become worthwhile, worthwhile for yourself and others. They become worthwhile for you emotionally, spiritually, materially, financially - all of that requires time to think.
I am going to tell you spiritually. I don’t know how to make money. So those who can tell you how to make money and those of you who know how to make money, try to have a relaxed mind - a mind that is free of fireworks. We see the fireworks when they go off and some look like flowers and some look like light. Our mind is thrown in there and functions like fireworks. We shoot up there and come down and all these things are happening till it comes back down here. Mind is functioning like that just now. So try to change that.
The way you change that is by giving yourself a little time to breathe. Give a little time to your mind to become natural and get in touch with its own nature. I am not talking about the nature of wisdom of emptiness, but just the natural state - not influenced by those emotions - the natural touch, and being able to think something.
Then you will realize that motivation is one of the most important keys. Try to use motivation - the motivation of love, of compassion, of ultimate love and compassion, of bodhimind. So that will be the perfect way to shape your day, your week, your month, your year.
If you want a new year’s resolution, here you are. You can adopt this. If you want a birthday gift for yourself, here you are. This is what you can use.