Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Importance of Humor, by Shang Rinpoche

Shang Longrik Gyatso Rinpoche Blog ImageThere is a very important responsibility you have towards your life: to increase your happiness and reduce your troubles. A sense of humor plays a crucial role in one’s life. At the very least, it can eliminate the negative influence of the emotions you experienced during the previous day. Spend a little time each day to read one or two interesting or funny stories, and the next time you’re feeling blue, you might just find this can give you new strength and energy. No matter what difficulties come to you, remember that humor is your best friend. Many people are obsessed with increasing their wealth, but it’s rare to see anyone cultivate humor. It is, however, obvious that humor is extremely important. Take a closer look and you will find that when you smile and laugh out loud, problems gradually work themselves out and afflictions fade away. Lincoln once said, “When I look in the mirror, I can accept the ugly reflection staring back at me, but I cannot bear it without a smile.”

This is how I, Shang Longrik Gyatso, use humor to pass
quickly through obstacles which appear in my practice.

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