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Lions Roar : May 2009
SHAMBHALA SUN MAy 2009 21 happiness and contentment? a compas- sionate mind. The mind of compassion is the source of lasting joy. When I was talking with his holiness the Dalai Lama about compassion as the basis of a meaningful life, we both won- dered why so many people mistakenly think that aggression is the way to make things work out well in a conventional sense. Why do we continuously try to solve our problems with anger, jealousy, and other unfriendly reactions? everything is interdependent. Because aggression is unstable, it perpetuates instability. It’s a short-range solution that’s difficult to handle and painful for the aggressor and everyone else. When we try to ac- complish something with aggression, we literally get in our own way. Many people assume that living com- passionately is a spiritual matter, but liv- ing compassionately is actually the most effective way to succeed at anything. practicing compassion may take more time than engaging in aggression, but the results of compassion are much more stable and lasting. Compassion is a long- range solution that has a positive influ- ence on our society and our economy. It stabilizes our lives and the lives of oth- ers. When we have the courage to culti- vate wisdom and compassion, the weeds of anger, jealousy, and self-involvement have less room to grow. Bringing the wish-fulfilling jewel into ex- perience is how we activate the true source of happiness, which uplifts our minds and increases our life-force energy. ♦ Aggression is a short- range solution that’s difficult to handle and painful for the aggressor and everyone else. When we try to accomplish something with aggression, we literally get in our own way.