While I was cleaning out my room today I happened across a wall hanging I picked up somewhere in Nepal.The wall hanging has a quote from the Dalai Lama
Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be 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.
This find inspired me to open up my Nepal travel journal, what I found was quite a powerful entry! Please excuse the kind of new-age hippy vibe – i was about 19 when i wrote this. I hung it up on my window to remind me of that trip and what I gained from it spiritually.
Tuesday 5th of Feb 2013
We are sitting in a cafe called Moondance wearing our ugly beanies and our ridiculously puffy ski jackets,, but getting stared at as if we are either Mirranda Kirr or wearing our bathers. Which is borderline flattering, but a little scary too.
I am drinking my coffee black and we are both re-evaluating our lives and spirituality,
Yesterday I brought a wall hanging with the quote from the dalai lama about ‘A precious human life’. This quote kind of sums up our experience in Nepal so far.
Since we have arrived in this very interesting country we are had a realisation of just how precious and fragile human life is and can be.
Although we have only been here for two days I already appreciate my life back home and both C and I feel very lucky that we have been blessed with the countless abundance of opportunities that have been part of our privileged Western upbringing.
People say a visit to the third world changes you. When you hear someone say this when you are at home in the comfort of your own bubble, perhaps you roll your eyes or accuse them of being some new age idealistic hemp loving tree hugging hippy.
It seems like something you are simply obliged and encouraged to say upon return from the East, but although it may be cliche and trite it is in fact the truth.
A visit to the third world allows you to place your social construct and the underlying materialistic values of your culture into perspective, by giving a truly global context.
Suddenly the things I stress about back home – boys delayed response to text messages, missing out on a distinction by 2%, spilling wine on my favourite dress seem incredibly insignificant.
Witnessing poverty first hand and gaining a basic understanding of the philosophy of Buddism are an intoxicating potion which forces the drinker to question how they live their life and the values that underpin their everyday existence.
From these things I have come to place higher value compassion and kindness. It is important to have appreciation for the simple things in life – sunsets, laughter and food on the table. Life is so precious and i don’t give a damn how lame or cliché that sounds.