Looking for more Peace?

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  • By Lisa Delgado, Director of Psychological Health
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As we begin the New Year, consider that times of transition are natural points to consider fresh starts or new goals. When it comes to emotional health and wellness, The Dalai Lama is long considered one of the wisest and most peace-filled guides of our time. Below are a few of his most famous quotes that contain simple yet powerful guidance to bringing more peace and wellness into the New Year: 
•Be Compassionate: “The topic of compassion is not at all religious business; it is important to know it is human business, it is a question of human survival.” Dalai Lama
Compassion is shown by attempting to understand another’s feelings and emotions. In compassion, you are connecting with another’s emotional experience- not to get sucked in, but to understand. Compassion also involves asking what help is needed; compassion allows you to provide help if what is needed isn’t easily identified, or if hard to do. Practicing compassion with others provides significant physical and emotional benefits including reduced stress, improved immune system function.
•Be kind and help others: “This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy.  Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” Dalai Lama
As with compassion, the benefits of simply practicing kindness are as significant to the practitioner as to the recipient.  Studies show that connecting with others through simple acts of kindness elevate serotonin and reduce stress.  Giving a compliment, clearing a neighbor’s walk or retrieving a child’s dropped toy are all things we do that cost us nothing and benefit everyone immeasurably. 
•Find Happiness: “Happiness is not ready made-it comes from our own actions.” Dalai Lama
As adults we know that happiness and peace don’t lie in the things that we have; but in the quality of our connections with each other.  We all need human connection; it is no surprise that our ability to be resilient rests largely on our connections to each other, our support system, and participation in organizations or communities serving something greater than ourselves.  Equally important is a healthy connection to our inner self; a sense of peace which comes from living in a way that is consistent with our values.  Consider times when you feel most fulfilled, energetic, and proud of yourself: Do more of that!  When you feel these things it is a great indicator that the activities reflect your values. Conversely, when you feel unfulfilled, low energy, anxious, frustrated, down, and worried- do less of what you were doing prior to those feelings emerging. 
Over the past year, Col. Peters and his leadership team have emphasized the importance of connecting with one another as essential to the resilience of Westover Members and their families.  As we face increased stress in the New Year, let’s continue to employ these simple strategies to keep our resilience high- connect with one another, support one another, help one another.
Quotes excerpted: 10 Lessons From Dalai Lama That Will Change Your Life by Robert Locke, December 28, 2017, Lifehack.org
Please contact me for emotional support needs: Director of Psychological Health, Lisa Delgado 413-557-2456