I recently had the pleasure of reading His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s :
The Wisdom of Compassion.
A story in this really stayed with me:
The US is known for having the most number of people in their prisons, an alarming 2 million adults as of 2018 (Source: CNN & Prisonpolicy.org)
Even for petty crimes like theft, some of them are not released for 8-10 years.
One such story was of Mr. Richard who was a fellow devotee of his Holiness the Dalai Lama before he got convicted for one of the petty crimes and was put in a secluded jail.
Years after he was released, he shared his story with everyone of how he dealt with his trying times.
At first, he felt very depressed and humiliated. He was angry and there was nothing he could do about it. Eventually, he started practicing meditation like he used to before being arrested.
He increased the duration of his meditation everyday slowly. It gave him so much strength and resilience. He started feeling in control of his situations even though he was in jail and could not escape it irrespective of the fact that he was hoping for the day to come when he would walk out a free man.
He said that those ten years in jail actually made him a stronger person mentally and made him feel connected with his inner self with the help of not just meditation but also practicing the law of attraction. He said he would picture himself living a free life and look forward to the day that would happen.
That was his constant motivation to do tasks in jail which would reflect on his good behavior and make his tenure as an offender less.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama was so taken aback with his story. Unknowingly, he had given the courage to someone to fight for himself in a non violent and intellectual way.
The story of Mr. Richard has intrigued millions of people across the world.
To leave you with my parting thoughts,
“For the world’s happiness, practice compassion for others but don’t forget to extend it to yourself as well.”