About a week ago I was at Govinda's, the Hare Krishna temple vegetarian buffet where I've been going for years and years (I used to nurse my daughter in the booths) when I ran into my beautiful friend Marisela whose sons went to pre-school with my kids. She asked me to joiin her and her friend, the Tibetan Buddhist monk, Tenzin Lama, for lunch.
With his sweet face, compassionate eyes, maroon robes and wise, radiant demeanor, Tenzin Lama is the real thing. He was born in Nepal, educated in India and now lives in the states where he travels, practices Reichi healing and teaches meditation. I had a lovely conversation with him and Marisela and told them I'd host a meditation class in my home.
Last night, my gorgous, brilliant and talented friends Lauren Strasnick, Sarah Herrington, Adam Greenberg, Amanda Yates Garcia and Tracy DeBrincat all came over for class. Tenzin Lama's friend Steven joined us. Tenzin Lama began with a guttural, mysterious chant that cleared the energy. Then he discussed the benefits and basic principles of meditation.
"When you run after your thoughts, you are like a dog chasing a stick: every time a stick is thrown, you run after it. Instead, be like a lion who, rather than chasing after the stick, turns to face the thrower. One only throws a stick at a lion once." -- Tenzin Lama
So many of us are struggling with sorrow and stress which can turn into anxiety and depression. Perhaps "creatives" feel these things a bit more. Meditation is one more tool to help us handle our challenges. I think perhaps the greatest healing, though, comes from kindness. Last night my house was shimmering with it as you can see above.