We make several New Year’s resolutions, only to abandon them before the end of February. Perhaps this is so because our resolutions do not lead to the peace and happiness we seek. What we really want is not to lose weight, go to the gym, earn more money, or find the perfect partner. What we truly desire is to be happy.
Because we mistakenly believe that we are different, separate, and in competition with other sentient beings for limited resources, we think, speak, and act in ways that generate our own and others’ suffering. Driven by attachment to the pleasant, aversion for the unpleasant, and indifference for that which we deem unimportant, we act without kindness and compassion ―we hurt others and generate the causes of our own suffering.
When we think that our body, our gender, our family, our friends, our community, our country, our race, or our species are more important than others, we put in place the predisposition toward disdain for other humans, animals, and our planet. When we speak words that dismiss the value of others, or when we remain silent in the face of great suffering, we inflict pain. When we act out of selfishness, we renounce and push away our own happiness.
Only one resolution is necessary, today and every day: let us generate Great Compassion, wishing universal benefit, speaking with kindness, and acting responsibly.
Let us investigate and analyze our thoughts, words, and deeds. Do we claim superiority, or equality? Do we speak of self-interest, or proclaim solidarity? Do we contribute to the suffering of others, or do we work for universal happiness?
I invite you to make the only resolution necessary, the only one that can generate the happiness you seek: resolve to embody the Great Compassion. OM MANI PEME HUM