What is the meaning of Life?

Today I will be alert to any sign of happiness, and I will clear the way for it to spread. This is one sentence of a daily mediation that I read today.  The word happiness sticks out and reminds me of something I read last night in Readers Digest.  I was reading an article about the Dalai Lama and a trip he took to a mountain ski area in the US.  It was a great story and I suggest that you read it when you have the time. For now I don't want to retell the story but just share a part that really touched me.  At one part the Dalai Lama is seated in a ski lodge restaurant with many monks and his hosts from the States. They are enjoying some hot tea and cocoa when one of the waitresses sat down next to the Dalai Lama and asked him a question. She asked him, "What is the meaning of life?" He was very impressed by this question and assured her that she was the first person to ask this question of him on his journey. He answered, "The meaning of life is happiness." He continued and said to her, "Hard question is not "What is the meaning of life?" No, hard question is what make happiness? Money? Big house? Accomplishment? Friends? or.......Compassion and good heart?" At this the waitress thanked him and then went back to her tasks in the restaurant.  I agree the simple and easy answer to the meaning of life is happiness.  The much more difficult question regarding what makes happiness may be different for all of us.  The Dalai Lama does not point her in one particular direction but he does provide some clues.  There is something about him mentioning having compassion and a good heart.  Maybe this truly is the key to happiness.  To have concern for the suffering and misfortunes of others. To show kindness and love towards the people you meet and encounter every day in your life. Maybe these are the obvious keys to our own happiness.  How can something that is seemingly so simple be so profound?  If we begin each day by asking ourselves what can be done to show compassion towards the people in our lives we are off to a good start.  This is not a religious thing, or a G-d thing, this is a living beings thing.  Putting out love and compassion to those around me is the way I choose to live today. 
#buddhism #compassion #meditation #relax #breathe

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