It’s a 2012 “Big Thing” – The Dalai Lama Talks Poop

The Dalai Lama came to Hawaii this week. It was perfect timing for me. I had decided that each month I had to do a “big thing.” Something that was extraordinary. Something that was Post-Paris Kristine. Something that mattered. I think seeing the Dalai Lama counts. It was mighty kind of him too, to schedule his trip right when I needed it.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

The talk was exceptional. It wasn’t a religious experience but it was a humble one. I took notes. Here they are:

  • Prosperity comes through action not prayer
  • Success is in the mind
  • Healthy body <–> healthy mind <–> happy life, loop back
  • Any decision made during extreme emotion is rarely the best decision
  • He is very fond of George Bush. They like the same kind of cookies. But knowing that person is a good person does not mean that you agree with them all the time. A person’s motivations can be good but their method is unrealistic so the goal is not achieved.
  • The key to inner peace is warm heartedness.
  • Develop your own practice, your own views, your own convictions so that when everything around you is negative, you can remain strong and influence your environment.
  • Fear can be realistic (dangerous dog coming at you) or unrealistic. You can deal with unrealistic fear by being open so you can create possibilities and see what happens.

The best part of his talk was the Q&A. A person asked him if he smiled all the time, even when he was not in front of cameras. He said, yes. Then he added he smiles even when he is in the bathroom.

Yes, he said that! I’m paraphrasing because I wouldn’t be so presumptuous as to quote the Dalai Lama from memory. But I swear to Buddha (can you do that?) he said it.


“Well, sometimes… when I’m having trouble with things coming out… when I have to assert a little pressure…” (Yes, I’m using quotes, but they’re just for show. I’m still paraphrasing and I’m totally not making this up.)

His Holiness pretended to  squat over a toilet with a grimace!

Uh huh. That’s what he did. On stage. I swear on all that I hold holy.

THEN HE SAID… referring to when he has to assert a little pressue

“Well, I’m not smiling then.”

!!!!!!!!! I kid you not.

The same person asked another question. How happy can anyone expect to be? The Dalai Lama answered that any event has many angles from which it can be viewed. The problem is that human beings tend to look from only a single angle. Therefore, we miss the joy and good that can come from the bad things. He instructed us to use our intelligence to look at things from different angles.

Yada yada yada. I had stopped listening. The Dalai Lama, one of the greatest men living on earth, had just pretended to take a poop on stage. And I was there to witness it.

Below is a video from Pillars of Peace. In it, His Holiness talks about the power of Aloha, and the fact that he didn’t know what the word meant at first.

It’s a 2012 “Big Thing” – I’m a Firewalker!

So, I want to do one “big” thing each month this year. I want to make 2012 the year that I don’t let anything stop me. And when I look back at my 12 “big” things, I want to feel pride and accomplishment and joy. (January’s “big” thing was running my first ever 5K — and not coming in last!)

So, for February, I did three “big” things all in one exceptional night.

  1. I walked on freshly broken glass — barefoot.
  2. I broke an arrow with my throat – yeah, you heard me, with my throat!
  3. I walked on fire – twice.
Wanna see?

Many thanks to Vincent J Kellsey for being an incredible leader during this workshop that helped me see how fear can be turned into power.

Glass of white wineRecommended wine: What? Are you crazy? Do you really think I’m going to recommend drinking alcohol when you are walking on jagged glass, breaking arrows with your throat, and walking barefoot over hot burning coals? No, my friends, no wine recommendation from me today.

It’s a 2012 “Big Thing” – My First 5K

I’ve decided I want to do something “big” each month of this year. Something important or meaningful to me.

January: I ran my first-ever 5K race. It was a biathlon. Russell did the swim. But that’s not news, he does that stuff all the time. What’s news is that I finished a 5K race. Miracles do happen!

You can witness this miracle with the click of a button… through the magic of video montage.

Be Not Afraid

Zaffron was in the Christmas pageant at Church this year. She played an angel. (Mgazi was a brown animal. Sheep? Cow? We couldn’t tell.) Zaffy even had a speaking part — a single, very important line, pivitol to the Christmas story: “Be not afraid.”

She follows her own advice in the sweetest, funniest ways every day. But on Christmas Eve, singing Hallelujah in front of the entire congregation, she took it to a whole new level.

The video below is two minutes long. If you want to soak up the immense cuteness of my children, and see Russell playing a yamaka-wearing shepherd, watch the whole thing. Otherwise, skip to 1:20. That’s where Zaffron really embraces her zaffiness.

Be not afraid to be yourself, my dear, sweet girl. You are amazing!