Over 200 years ago, William Wordsworth alluded to the idea that nature has the power to restore our weary hearts and minds. In his poem “Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, On Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour, July 13, 1798”, he eloquently describes how the beauty of nature can provides us with tranquil restoration.
These beauteous forms, Through a long absence, have not been to me As is a landscape to a blind man's eye: But oft, in lonely rooms, and 'mid the din Of towns and cities, I have owed to them, In hours of weariness, sensations sweet Felt in the blood, and felt along the heart; And passing even into my purer mind With tranquil restoration.
Date Posted: May 4, 2012
Categories: Spirituality, Stress Management
The interview with the Dalai Lama this morning was the most outstanding event of the whole Happiness conference. It was electrifying when Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso walked on stage, slowly, and with a very slight stoop, perhaps revealing his 75 years but more likely a deliberate bow. He was greeted warmly, and reverentially by the audience and the panel members especially Allan Wallace, a fellow Buddhist monk, who has done so much work with the Dalai Lama. I was touched by the way they both gently nodded their heads while embracing as only very old friends do. Thus began an amazing two hours or more of questions to and answers from his Holiness.
Date Posted: June 22, 2011