To my Son – May you find happiness


“One renowned Tibetan Hermit limited his practice to watching his mind. He drew one black mark on the wall of his room whenever he had an unvirtuous thought. Initially his walls were all black; however, as he became more mindful his thoughts became more virtuous and white marks began to replace the black ones.”

“Anger, hatred, and desire” are damaging and destructive emotions.

“It is difficult to hold back from anger when provoked unless we have trained our mind to first recollect the unpleasant effects such thoughts will cause us. It is therefore essential that we begin our training in patience calmly, not  while experiencing anger. We must recall in detail how, when angry, we lose our peace of mind, how we are unable to concentate on our work, and how unpleasant we become to those around us. It is by thinking long and hard in this manner [meditation] that we eventually become  able to refrain from anger.”

By the Dahlai Lama written in An Open Heart, Little, Brown and Company 2001

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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One Response to “To my Son – May you find happiness”

  1. Darrell Jones Says:

    Dear Dr. Shelton,

    We are calling on you today with an important message to give a voice to the voiceless and build a modern “Underground Railroad.” The “Obama Answer This” Project is the initiative of an incarcerated father and if he can reach the people out there then we hope we can count on you to spread the word because with 2.3 million behind bars we can no longer afford to turn a blind eye.
    http://www.obamaanswerthis.com or you can upload the video at:

    It is time to push something real out. Lets go hard for our people behind the wall, lets go hard for our kids out there that may face what is coming back their way, lets go hard together collectively because for the bottom there is no “agenda” and he has to answer to what is happening on our inner city streets and behind barbed wires. S
    Sincerely,

    The team

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