Dalai Lama’s Right Hand Man (and What to Practice While Brushing)

About a month after getting back from India, the majority of us who visited privately with His Holiness started a training on compassion (this morning was the second meeting).

The course was created by Tibetan Buddhist Scholar and His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s principal translator of 30 years, Geshe Thupten Jinpa (we were also honored to learn from Jinpa while at the monastery).

The current training begins inside mindfulness, some reminders to us inside our ongoing practices and some new (the course is lovely and deep).

One of the reminders via some reading given to us was this: the more our minds are anchored in the present moment (learning/practicing mindfulness and meditation, for example), the longer our telomeres are.

And the longer they are, “the longer the organism’s life span is” (organism = our cells and ultimately us).

This photo was after another nap on the monastic camp that Harmonica, Inc. and my dear friend Katy Saeger created on the first Tibetan Settlement in India after His Holiness’ exile (incredible to sleep under the stars and witness the sunrises here).

One example of the daily homework given to us in the course: as you brush your teeth, notice what you’re thinking about (where does your mind wander?) and pay more attention, perhaps, to all the senses available to *as* you brush…a simple practice like this brings you back to the present.

I’m continually grateful for lightnessand for being able to continually brush up on these practices…

Happy Tuesday!


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Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

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