Wishing all my kindred spirits a Happy New Year with a unique perspective on what True Happiness can look like….
After taking a bit of a retreat from blog writing, I am excited to share this heart advice from a Buddhist teacher on what happiness is
based on their perspective. I wish you all a truly transformative 2014!
This past year has been filled with seeing patients, large and small, lecturing about integrative veterinary medicine, mind/body medicine and the human animal bond throughout the world and working on new projects to be of benefit to all that is. I lectured at the World Small Animal Veterinary Congress in New Zealand as well as the Canadian Veterinary Association Annual Conference in Victoria, B.C., sharing new insights from my 35 years of practicing and teaching. In addition, I began working on some new projects evolving from my work with the Charter for Compassion where I was involved in beginning to establish Western Connecticut State University as one of the first Compassionate Universities.
With my co-writer, Susan Gordon, a holistically oriented horse trainer, we have begun a project called “The Compassionate Equestrian” (see www.compassionateequestrian.com). We have developed 25 Principles of Compassionate Equitation based on her decades of experience as a horse trainer and my decades of experience as a holistic, integrative veterinarian based on our exploration of what is ultimate healing for horses and humans and the Charter for Compassion. We invite you to assist in this co-creation by sharing your constructive, positive, compassionate thoughts and insights as we create this new program and book.
In addition, I am working on similar projects for companion animals and wildlife. If you would like to assist in any of these co-creations, feel free to contact me here.
After reflecting on how I might be of most benefit to all beings at this point on my veterinary journey and my personal life journey, I feel like integrating compassion based on the latest research in compassionate neuroscience, contemplative neuroscience and quantum physics along with classic traditions is how I may be of benefit. I look forward to sharing more from this perspective this year on this blog as well as through upcoming books, retreats, and teaching.
If you are interested in hosting any retreats, workshops or teaching regarding this new approach, feel free to contact me here as well.
Blessings to all of you for a joyous, peaceful, healthy, creative, fun, compassionate New Year! Again, I would like to share these profound perspectives on what Happiness is from a special teacher.
Happiness by Gendun Rinpoche from Heart Advice from a mahamudra master
Happiness cannot be found
through great effort and will,
but is already there, perfect and complete,
in relaxation and letting go.
Do not worry, there is nothing to do.
Whatever appears in mind has no importance,
since it has no reality.
Do not hold on to it, and do not judge.
Let the play happen by itself,
arising and passing,
without changing anything-
everything vanishes and reappears, without end.
Only your searching for happiness
prevents you from seeing it,
just like a rainbow that you chase
without ever reaching it.
Although happiness does not exist,
it has always been there
and accompanies you
in every moment.
Do not believe that good
or bad experiences are real.
They are like rainbows.
Wanting to grasp the ungraspable,
you exhaust yourself in vain.
As soon as you relax this grasping,
space is there — open, inviting and joyful.
Make use of it.
All is yours already.
Do not search any further.
Do not enter the impenetrable jungle
to search for the elephant
that is already quietly at home.
Nothing to do,
nothing to force,
nothing to wish for —
and everything happens by itself.