Windhorse is a rich concept with origins in Tibetan culture and religion. It has to do with our sense of being alive, unobstructed by emotional obstacles, riding the winds of change with tremendous appreciation and energy.
What gives us a renewed sense of our windhorse? What energizes ourselves? While answers to those questions are personal and individual, there are a few things that we all share.
- When we appreciate what we have, rather than focusing on what we don’t have, we feel more energized.
- When we have a bigger perspective and goals for our life, we find enthusiasm in everyday activities.
- When we take care of our bodies, eating well, exercising, and sleeping well, we have energy for the day.
- When we train our minds to be more present, we feel the energy of being able to focus on what’s important.
- When we consider others, and are able to set aside personal preoccupations to be there for someone else, we feel the energy of compassion.
- When we face our hopes and fears with an open heart, we find the energy of courage.
- When we are able to meet inner and outer experiences freshly with appreciation and heartfelt delight, we feel like we’re fulfilling a mission of being a human being.
The energy of windhorse can’t be drummed up by positive thinking, external motivation, or self-deception. There’s a rich experience of energy that can only be found in an approach that is honest, soft-hearted, and clear-seeing.
Back to My Perspective
I appreciate the idea of focusing on appreciation of what we have and celebrating he life we have, now. It’s so easy to get caught up in what we don’t have yet- what we are looking forward to having- that we miss the beauty and enjoyment of our experience right now.
I ask folks to consider that there will always be things we don’t have and we may want. And because of this, “want” can a real (and tragic) distraction.
Thanks for the reminder.
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