I could hold you for a million years.

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Le Voyage des Ballons Multicolores by Nicki Varkevisser

I’ve felt enchanted ever since I began reading the teachings of the Dalai Lama.

I wasn't looking for it. It just came to me for some strange reason.

Maybe because there is truly that powerful force in the universe that lets you naturally gravitate to things that are important—things like love, compassion, kindness.

Not that the Dalai Lama is the sole authority for these kinds of teachings. At the core of every religion, I believe there is the concept of compassion. Yet there is something special about meditating and losing yourself in all these positive teachings that keeps me glued to its messages.

Like this message I came across today:

True compassion is not just an emotional response but a firm commitment founded on reason. Therefore, a truly compassionate attitude towards others does not change even if they behave negatively.

Love. It just washes over so many things. For an indefinite amount of time.

TO MAKE YOU FEEL MY LOVE
Lyrics by Bob Dylan

When the rain is blowing in your face
And the whole world is on your case
I could offer you a warm embrace
To make you feel my love

When the evening shadows and the stars appear
And there is no one there to dry your tears
I could hold you for a million years
To make you feel my love

I know you haven’t made your mind up yet
But I would never do you wrong
I’ve known it from the moment that we met
No doubt in my mind where you belong

I’d go hungry, I’d go black and blue
I’d go crawling down the avenue
There’s nothing that I wouldn’t do
To make you feel my love

The storms are raging on the rollin’ sea
And on the highway of regret
The winds of change are blowing wild and free
You ain’t seen nothing like me yet

I could make you happy, make your dreams come true
Nothing that I wouldn’t do
Go to the ends of the earth for you
To make you feel my love

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I hope compassion becomes a way of life of everyone, no matter who or what one believes in.

But of course it is also true that we all have an innate self-centeredness that inhibits our love for others. So, since we desire the true happiness that is brought about by only a calm mind, and since such peace of mind is brought about by only a compassionate attitude, how can we develop this? We need to make a concerted effort to develop it; we must use all the events of our daily life to transform our thoughts and behavior. – The Dalai Lama

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