Blessings to each of you as we move into our fall season. This month’s theme is compassion. I believe that compassion is one of the few things we can practice that will bring both immediate and long-lasting happiness to our lives. One of the most notable individuals who exemplify the quality of compassion is His Holiness the Dalai Lama. If you have ever been in his presence it is immediately evident that he exudes happiness. His laughter and sense of humor are contagious even when he is speaking about serious matters. His religion and teachings are based on compassion, love and kindness to all of humankind reminding us that as we live with these attitudes, happiness and peace will be the by-products.
Compassion for one another is one of the central reasons that Desert Song has developed the monthly Dharma Talks. It gives us an avenue to support one another’s views, ideas, intentions, concerns and needs. The opportunity to both share and receive from the yoga community creates the foundation for us to grow in a safe and supportive environment. Proceeds from our gatherings allow us to monetarily share with our larger local community charities chosen by the facilitators of the evening. The entire experience cultivates well-being and connects us all through the gifts of compassion, relationship and understanding.
As the Dalai Lama says, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.”
I hope that you always know how much you are honored, loved and appreciated at Desert Song. And may the light of compassion and love that you feel here be shared with those in your life and the community.
Mary Beth and the staff at Desert Song Yoga and Massage