Awakening is a process of coming to understand ourselves andapproach enlightenment in our everyday life. Dalai Lama, a great authority onthe subject, whose many practical teachings have inspired so many of us to stopsleepwalking and start living our lives in a spirit of wakefulness.

Here are 3 of the Dalai Lama’s best known teachings onenlightenment and self-awakening:

  1. We can never obtainpeace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
    Awakening begins with realizing that all thoughts and wantsstart from within us. Whatever we perceive as being good in the world or as beingharmful are inevitably the same things we see as good or harmful in ourselves.

  2. Every day, think asyou wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, Iam 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 ofall beings.
    Awakening is also about living with a purpose, instead ofdrifting from one desire to the next. We see our life path much clearer when wehave a goal or a mission in mind. We can also see our truest selves when we arein the act of serving others.

  3. With realization ofone’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build abetter world.
    Awakening to our true potential means seeing past the labelsof inadequacy that we place on ourselves. When we stop saying “I can’t” andstart saying, “I can”, we realize that perceived obstacles and hindrances onour journey are nothing but illusions standing in the way of our enlightenment.

While it may be counterproductive to live with the goal ofenlightenment and nothing else, we can move closer to enlightened understandingby living our lives in awareness and mindfulness of our surroundings, our truecapabilities and our power to positively live for others and not justourselves.