Awakening is a process of coming to understand ourselves and
approach enlightenment in our everyday life. Dalai Lama, a great authority on
the subject, whose many practical teachings have inspired so many of us to stop
sleepwalking and start living our lives in a spirit of wakefulness.
Here are 3 of the Dalai Lama’s best known teachings on enlightenment and self-awakening:
- We can never obtain
peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
Awakening begins with realizing that all thoughts and wants start from within us. Whatever we perceive as being good in the world or as being harmful are inevitably the same things we see as good or harmful in ourselves.
- 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
Awakening is also about living with a purpose, instead of drifting from one desire to the next. We see our life path much clearer when we have a goal or a mission in mind. We can also see our truest selves when we are in the act of serving others.
- With realization of
one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a
Awakening to our true potential means seeing past the labels of inadequacy that we place on ourselves. When we stop saying “I can’t” and start saying, “I can”, we realize that perceived obstacles and hindrances on our journey are nothing but illusions standing in the way of our enlightenment.
While it may be counterproductive to live with the goal of enlightenment and nothing else, we can move closer to enlightened understanding by living our lives in awareness and mindfulness of our surroundings, our true capabilities and our power to positively live for others and not just ourselves.