On this New Year's Eve morning, I am visited by the words of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, from his new book, "How To Expand Love". In the maelstrom of corporeal life, sometimes well-timed words can cut through the noise with incisive clarity. May these words inform my next year of living.
Now that you have attained this auspicious life form so unique among the myriad forms born into this world, it is important that you do not waste it.
1. Reflect on the potential of your current situation for spiritual growth: you have a human body; spiritual teachings are available in your environment; you have the mental capacity to internalize spiritual teachings---you have pure diamond mind.
2. Value the current opportunity for spiritual practice.
3. Set as your motivation a wish to help not only yourself but all beings.
4. Aim to help others.
Simple but straightforward words which speak to me on the deepest level, underscoring my feelings about the reasons to live a good life. His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa of Calcutta speak to me most clearly, supporting the raison d'etre that permeates my world: humble service to the well-being of others.
Happy New Year to all, and to all a good year. May all beings be free from suffering.