February 28, 2017

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Here’s how to celebrate today.

Shambhala Day is a worldwide celebration of basic goodness.

It is in observance of the lunar new year, Monday, February 27, 2017.

This morning I attended the Shambhala Day celebration at the Boulder Shambhala Center.

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It was totally uplifting to be reminded that I am basically good.

We all are:

“I am basically good.

All beings are basically good.

Society is basically good.” ~ Shambhala Sadhana

A daily meditation practice is an effective way to tap into the sun of basic goodness that resides within each of us.

The benefits of basic goodness.

Tapping into our basic goodness helps us feel compassion, openness, gentleness, and confidence. It helps us get past fear and doubt and purifies embarrassment, resentment, anger, frustration, obsession, karma, and habit.

In today’s dark and troubled times, if we’re going to build an enlightened society, it is essential to connect with our basic goodness.

“At this time in the world, it is important to remember our friendship and community.” ~ Sakyong Mipham 

Sakyong Mipham addressed the Shambhala community today and emphasized the importance of rising up and being brave warriors who build our culture on themes deep within the human heart. He said that only societies that engender kindness will survive.

Where do we start cultivating kindness?

We can start simply by practicing meditation, having thoughtful conversations and relating with the people in our homes and communities.

Avoid being swept up in the day to day, to the point where we can’t catch our breath.

Awaken a sense of curiosity and cheerfulness.

Sometimes we have to be brave in the midst of chaos.

Smile and laugh.

When we show appreciation for our life force, we exhibit dignity.

This year we can practice meditation, contemplate and expand it in a helpful way.

Cheerful Shambhala Day.



Author: Ashleigh Hitchcock

Image: Instagram @waylonlewis


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