Yesterday I bicycled over to UNO with dear friends to hear the Dalai Lama speak. Points discussed were: Compassion, connection, equality, fairness, gratitude, peace, hope, unpretentiousness, appreciation, enjoyment, & laughing. I wish that the Dalai Lama could be global president.
He spoke often of dealing with things in life with a calm center, his analogy was like the sea - the waves on the top can be turbulent, but down below there is always calm. Also of not creating expectations, which lead to disappointment. I have tried to eliminate expectations over the years and have found to be so much happier without them.
One of the questions from citizens of New Orleans at the end of the talk asked, 'Do you have doubt and how do you deal with it?' His reply involved looking at problems from many perspectives, preparing yourself mentally for problems that will arise, and keeping your calm center. If your mind is at peace you can best consider varied perspectives.
He also laughed frequently during the talk, filled with such true joy and appreciation. So humble and wishing to be treated like a human, as we all are together he reinstated multiple times, we are people. Everyone one of us around the world is born from a mother and will one day die, no one is better than another. And that this should extend to all parts of the world, animals and the earth treated with respect.
Another great question from New Orleans was, "In a world with so many troubles, how do you remain an optimist?' He replied, 'There is no other choice.'
Thank you Dalai Lama for a wonderful gift, I hope that all of our world leaders will be more like you.
Yes, it is true - the little birdies that could, can, & will have now donated $18,000 to Gulf Restoration Network & International Bird Rescue - THANK YOU BirdProject Supporters for all that you do! We are ever so grateful, it's so exciting to see all of the places that the Birds fly. Also massive, gigantic thank you's to the amazing Emily Manger Davis of Sweet Olive Soap works & Brooke Cassady, incredible artist and ceramic birdie maker, it's such a pleasure to work with two such wonderful women to bring you the BirdSoaps.
2013 brings exciting things for Matter, we are excited to launch 5 new products this year as well another larger project in the works... more on these soon.. we are also seeking impact investment to bring this larger project to life with our recent status of Benefit Corporation. The best thing is to me that as Matter grows, the amount of our donations and new partners grow concurrently & that truly makes me happy to begin working each day. I look forward to sharing more as these things progress : )
In other news in NOLA, Propeller has just opened it's new incubator space! More here in the Times-Picayune (Matter was also interviewed, with big praise and admiration for Propeller). Also, it's almost Mardi Gras time! As a small thanks for that & your amazing support, a few of our items are at 50% off in the Matter Shop - please check them out here & I hope that your new year is starting off splendidly! More soon & xo!