Two weeks ago, I went to Rotterdam to hear the Dalai Lama’s teachings and public talk. I was very excited to goand hear him, even if the teachings were too complex for me to understand. I listened attentively and tried to take in as much as I could, however, the most impacting words came at the end during the question and answer session.
Someone asked the Dalai Lama about how to stay healthy and someone else asked about how best to prepare for death. The answer was the same for both: peace of mind. The words were engraved in my mind. Peace of mind. I have constantly strived for peace of mind. Our mind is a brilliant aspect of our self that can beautifully create but can also terribly destroy. I started meditating almost two years ago searching for this peace of mind he spoke of. My inner dialogue was too agitated; I was too agitated. Within the first days of meditating, I saw its positive effect. I was calm. I could focus. I could be me.
I am no expert meditator. I went to a meditation retreat a year ago, and most of the meditations we tried were beyond what I could understand, let alone try. However, I stick to the ones I know, to the ones that go well with who I am today and it helps keep my mind at peace. I can understand why the Dalai Lama would say that we need inner peace for health and for death. We need to be calm, we need to be focused, and we need to accept what is coming without judgement.