Back in 2017, I had the incredible opportunity to visit the Darahmsala, the home of the Dalai Lama (in Northern India), and attend a meditation retreat at which he spoke. It was truly a beautiful place to spend time in and I was left brimming with inspiration stemming from all the colors, smells, and joy I experienced during my time there. However, I also witnessed certain circumstances that left me thinking about how I needed to be more thankful for what I have and take for granted. This takeaway is one that was further reverberated in the Dalai Lama’s teachings with the concept of self-realization; the concept of fulfillment by oneself of the possibilities of one's character or personality.
It was interesting to me that meditation (which is something I was already quite keen on) plays such a large role in the practice of self-realization. In order to extend this practice into my day-to-day life, I began searching for resources and ended up stumbling across the Self-Realization Fellowship and it’s guided meditation lessons. In particular, the Beginner’s Meditation Lesson served as the perfect jumping stone from which to transfer my experiences in India over to my life in the US. I hope that you also find this lesson useful.
Lastly, I am excited to announce that I am currently working on a series of paintings which reflect some of the Meditation Centers in my lovely state of California; so keep an eye out for those.
Wish you all a fulfilling week.