Wow what a day in Toulouse; let me share the day with you. First I must share with you, during my very low time with anxiety and fear of travel and actually fear of everything else, I never dreamt that the day would come, when I would be invited to go somewhere and not even think about it, just go, and it is here, so thanks to changing my life, finding meditation and my tapping I am free. What a wonderful feeling this is, there is hope out there and for all who think life will never change, it can and it will, with a lot of hard work and belief.
So, back to His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. We left as a group for Toulouse at 9am; the excitement in the car was wonderful, everybody relaxed and looking forward to the day. We arrived 2 hours later at the Zenith Centre, wow what an enormous building, there were people milling around everywhere.
Once we went through security we went inside and took our seats, everyone had to be seated before His Holiness came on stage, so we sat waiting for an hour, the buzz in the room was amazing. We were all chatting and laughing and then the Buddhist Monks stood who were on the stage and the whole auditorium went silent and everybody stood up, what an amazing feeling this was, I was so moved, that 10,000 people could stand in silence for 10 minutes, the energy in the room was electric.
His Holiness arrived on stage and the place erupted with applause. He then welcomed everyone (in English), which was such a surprise, we had been told he was speaking in Tibetan and the translation would be in French, how lucky were we.
His talk was on the Art of Happiness it was wonderful and a reminder of what we all know but sometimes forget.
“I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. That is clear. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in this religion or that religion, we all are seeking something better in life. So, I think, the very motion of our life is towards happiness.” ~ Dalai Lama in The Art of Happiness
“One fights anger and hatred by cultivating their antidotes: patience and tolerance”
“If the situation or problem is such that it can be remedied, then there is no need to worry about it. … It is more sensible to spend the energy focusing on the solution rather than worrying about the problem. Alternatively, if there is no way out, no solution, no possibility of resolution, then there is also no point in being worried about it, because you can’t do anything about it anyway.”
It soon ended and it was time to leave. We wandered around some of the stands that were there chatting to people and then we made our way home. It is a day I will never forget.
Take care of yourselves.
Love and light to you all.