I went to a great Yoga class yesterday, with Norman from Yoga with Norman, and he recited some words from this poem, which I had not ever heard before.
I found it online this afternoon, it was written around 600 years ago, and I really think that it is beautiful.
Had to share it here with you today...
The Rarest Gem
The human body at peace with itself,
is more precious than the rarest gem.
Cherish your body, it is yours for this one time only.
The human form is won with difficulty, it is easy to lose.
All worldly things are brief, like lightning in the sky;
this life you must know, as the splash of a raindrop;
a thing of beauty that disappears, even as it comes into being.
Therefore set your goal,
make use of every day and night to achieve it.
Tsong Khapa (1357-1419)
I think that the first two lines in particular, really sum up so much of what I have learnt over the past year.
Inner peace can not be bought, and is more precious than the rarest gem.
I think of a lady that I know whose life circumstances bring tears to my eyes, who is totally at peace with herself and the world around her, and how she enjoys the smallest moments in each day.
And of a patient on a ward on which I was working once, who had just been told that she had weeks to live, who told me ever so kindly she felt sorry for me as it looked as if I was having a terribly busy day...
And then I think of another couple, with all the money in the world, good health and all the luxury that money can buy, but so little inner happiness and peace.
I've become a lot more aware recently of the people in my life who have this inner peace and noticed a few common character traits amongst them:
1. They very seldom pass judgements about others, and avoid bitchy talk about anyone.
2. They take great pleasure in simple healthy food, exercise and being outdoors.
3. They don't complain much about their lot in life. And as a result, after I have spent time with one of these people, I feel more positive and invigorated. They also tend to take great delight in others fortune and good luck, and are seldom jealous.
4. They will always be very interested in how you are and what you have been up to, and will go out of their way to help you with meeting other people or sharing information that may be of benefit to you.
5. They laugh a lot, often at themselves, and will
make that extra effort just to catch up with you. Because they really want to.
Of course, noone is perfect, and perhaps some of the people who I am thinking about as I write this, would say that they don't feel that they do have this inner peace.
But I will still try to be more like them.
Because it can only make me a better person as a result.
Who can you think of that radiates inner peace?
And how do you compare with the traits that I've listed above?
Have a Happy Inner Peace Finding Weekend...