"Always be sustained by cheerfulness."|
The effectiveness of our practice can be measured by looking at our mood.
If we are in better spirits, the practice is working. We can take heart
because we have a purpose, to exchange whatever sadness we meet for joy. The
smallest personal damage can be put to use to dissolve great suffering and do
away with negativity. If there is a way, we try to stop unfortunate things
from happening, but when unhappy events occur we meet them optimistically. We
never let negativity discourage us or injure our ability to help.
Setting out on any adventure demands determination. We may have to toil
and struggle with setbacks along the way but the trials we face are short-
lived. We can endure them because we have a great end in mind: to benefit all
sentient beings. Remaining good-natured and enthusiastic shows that our
efforts are succeeding. Being cheerful is the sign of a good practitioner.
-- Ringu Tulku, "Mind Training", edited by B.M. Shaughnessy, published
by Snow Lion Publications