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The Monastery I Lived At…

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This is where I lived for the last week. Under the stars and at a monastery that is one of the oldest and most historically important in India and Monastic/ Tibetan/Buddhist world.

The camp to the side of the monastery accommodations was created especially for us with much love by Harmonica Co. and by the monks at Gaden Shartse Monastery.

Here and walking all around Mundgod, the sweet Tibetan (refugee) settlement where the monastery lives, I made new friends, new connections between old ideas or previous beliefs and realized new understandings (I wasn’t new to these spiritual teachings, to chanting, meditation, prolonged breathwork or talks/studies around using the mind for good, but this experience brought it all home for me in unique ways that I’ll still be downloading or processing for a long time to come).

At the center or heart of it all, through His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teachings, via the scholars’ talks from around the world, as well as through private time a couple days with Jinpa, scholar and HHDL’s translator for over 30 years (such rich Q&As), was, we could say, simple:

Compassion is the method through which you feel peace and create it in the world…

Compassion is the method through which you feel peace and create it in the world.

More complex, maybe (or in other words, more worth it) the more you sit with all that it means to devote yourself to doing this on repeat (akin to a mantra, a chant) when life isn’t all monastic camping, slow-moving, thoughtful teachings and no traffic.

Just like my vision quest in July, what you (I) quickly realize is that the actual quest isn’t or wasn’t at all up on the mountain, it was returning home to ‘regular’ life ~ would you (I) work to actively engage with all gained and felt? Bringing the proverbial light from the mountain (or in this case ~ the monastery) with you/me and consistently so?

Speaking of light, I’m reuniting with Josh and Nolan soon! Much love from a plane over Southeast Asia!

[You can see what life feels and looks like inside a Tibetan settlement (especially when His Holiness visits) in one video, the sway I was talking about in The Buddhist Sway post from yesterday (bit.ly/2sREICh) in another and kids simply being kids in the last video (watch to the end). And with that last one as the perfect juxtaposition, happy holy days!].

Make happiness your business by creating your authentic brand…enjoy your business, enjoy your life!

Life is good,

 

 

 

Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

Two Words Powerful Enough to Change it ALL

Best practice I’ve found for saying goodbye to a year and greeting a new one is to say thank you. It goes one long way.

If the lessons were also long, thank you, for I’ve learned much about myself and am more able to reach for high truth, compassion, wisdom, perspective — and more gratitude.

And for the year to come — for the love we want to have shine or expressed inside relationship, our daily experience or a successful (to us) high calling, thank you ~> it’s the great manifestor.

The greatest magic trick of all, however, is saying these or similar words to self, out loud, to others and/or in prayer etc. every day, possibly multiple times, for both the A and B sides of life…

[Vietnam. Had a small banana in my back pocket that I was about to eat. Thirty seconds after getting out of the car, a scream alerted Josh and Nolan to this gal jumping up and snatching it, #lifeisbananas, #lifeisgood].

Make happiness your business by creating your authentic brand…enjoy your business, enjoy your life!

Life is good,

 

 

 

Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

You’re Young! (until next time, India!)

His Holiness, Indiaaaa and the divine experienced in Mundgod, you’ve reminded me of many things, not the least of which is that young is a frame of mind and  expression of spirit. ⁣⁣
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Human time ~ not real time. ⁣⁣
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Until next time, Namaste!⁣⁣

(Happy almost New Year!!)

Make happiness your business by creating your authentic brand…enjoy your business, enjoy your life!

Life is good,

 

 

 

Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

Another Day with His Holiness (The “Buddhist Sway“)

The Buddhist Sway 

Today, I sat in what can only be described as a soup…it was a soup made of chanting for over a couple hours inside the Long Life Ceremony for His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Before the ceremony and chanting, His Holiness spoke about the number of stairs he counted recently being 13 and that the number reminded him of being told that he would live to 113 years old. 

He joked that he had already asked to be given that many years, so that, really, we didn’t all need to be there doing a long life ceremony because he had it covered. 😆

That reminded me of something Thupten Jinpa, Monastic Scholar and His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s translator for over 30 years, said about His Holiness in our talk and Q&A with him a few days earlier…

He said one of the things he appreciated most about His Holiness was that he could be listening to a very sad, sad story one minute and be in it with that person, feeling those feelings, then in the next moment be laughing and joking.

Jinpa said this ability to ”switch moods”, as he called it, was impressive. 

Flowing from moment to moment ~ that’s the Buddhist sway.

And similarly, while His Holiness sat meditating, there was a sway, too. 

Closed eyes and chanting or meditating, many monks slightly swaying from side to side. I enjoyed watching His Holiness do it over the last days (I started doing it, too). 

It’s all reminiscent of things learned this week, like ~> meditation teaches us how to pay attention even when there’s no new stimulus in front of us.

Good, right? 

And this one, a direct quote from Jinpa ~> “The ability to be bored and not lose attention…*this* is the benefit of meditation.”

There have been so many gifts given this week, physical and emotional or energetic, and one has most definitely been the slowing down of it all ~ of life, work, of my mind/of thoughts… 

And it seems true, as we’ve also heard many times this week, that, in order to train your mind, you must first slow it down.

Let’s 
slow
her
/him 
down…

#sitondownnn
#thebuddhistsway

Make happiness your business by creating your authentic brand…enjoy your business, enjoy your life!

Life is good,

 

 

 

Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur