Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Namaste


Years ago I saw an interview with actor Richard Gere who is well-known for being a longtime Buddhist and humanitarian. He described a periodic practice of his... as he would go about his day he would offer up a silent blessing to each person with whom he came into contact throughout the day. I can't remember the exact words, but it was similar to "I wish you nothing but happiness and love in your life". He explained that it helped him feel more empathetic and more forgiving of himself and others.

The story stuck with me because in his early career Gere was frequently cast as douchey pricks... Looking for Mr. Goodbar, American Gigolo, Breathless, Internal Affairs... In my mind I just couldn't reconcile his acting roles with this practice.

However, I tried his suggestion and it really works. I tend to be impatient with people. I find that whenever I catch myself getting irritable, I will go for a walk and as I pass people I will gently extend my hand and 'pass' a blessing to them via my hand... like I'm some sort of karmic superhero. :D Sounds goofy, but it always leaves me feeling better.
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