Can you do it all and remain calm?
Can you handle it all and stay calm? Be content?
Probably not. Unless, as Jack Kornfield says, you’re a dog.
“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything,” advised George Bernard Shaw
But progress can be challenging when it’s hard to recognize what we’re normalized towards. Because we see discrimination all the time, or we see people using plastic bottles, or on cell phones all the time, we think it is normal.
Normal is what we’re used to, and so we think normal is okay.
But “normal” is not always okay.
Change is not easy. As we grow, we change. As we read, write, think, and decide to take action, we change and we change the world around us.
Change is stressful. But there are ways to deal with the stress, taking action to solve the problem and calming our minds.
ARTIST: Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo, one of the only westerners trained in the rare Buddhist art of silk applique thangkas, is passionate about the preservation and evolution of this Tibetan cultural tradition. His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave his blessings to Leslie’s work and encouraged her to make images that speak to the spiritual aspirations of people across religions and cultures. Leslie’s work is simultaneously traditional and contemporary, and her fascinating story is the subject of the acclaimed documentary film, Creating Buddhas: the Making and Meaning of Fabric Thangkas. Leslie mentors a select group of students around the world through her Stitching Buddhas Virtual Apprentice Program, and her Weekly Wake-ups provide a thread of inspiration to set your week on the path to awakening.