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A Simple Monk Who is Changing the World.

The Dalai Lama with George Bush, Junior

On July 6, 2017, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, turned 82. He claims to be only a "simple monk," but this simple monk has changed the world. Wherever he goes, crowds flock to hear the wisdom of Buddhism. He has won many honors including the Nobel Peace Prize. He continues to teach compassion for everyone, respect for Mother Earth, and peaceful solutions to problems. His laughter is infectious; his eyes twinkle, and he greets everyone with a smile. He has written 110 books, given thousands of lectures, traveled to over 70 countries in the world, and maintains his humility and dignity. Even the common man knows who he is.

He has had to spend the majority of his life away from his Tibetan homeland, having escaped over the Himalayas into India to establish the Tibetan government in exile in Northern India when he was in his 20's. In 2006 he stepped down from political leadership to concentrate on his spiritual life. He says that when he turns 90 years old he will call a conclave of spiritual leaders to discuss the continuance of the Dalai Lama tradition. Some people say he may be the last Dalai Lama.

Happy birthday to one of the world's great spiritual leaders who says, "My religion is kindness."

Adult Coloring Books Alleviate Stress.

Adult Coloring Book Picture

Wherever you go, in gas stations, markets, book shops, magazine stores, you will find the newest stress relieving craze – adult coloring books. Adults (and children) of all ages can't seem to get enough of these more complicated designs. Known as "anti-stress therapy for adults," these books come in all kinds of themes from underwater to dot-to-dot, from mandelas to fairies and dragons. Experts do agree that as "childish" as these coloring books may seem, they do work to relieve stress. Counselors are recommending them to clients and even group therapy sessions use them.

Why do they alleviate stress? Because focusing on small details in the present moment shifts the brain from the "fight or flight" mode to a relaxed mode, from the sympathetic nervous system to the parasympathic nervous system. Coloring the fine designs helps a person to stay in the present moment without worrying. Coloring is an easy tool that opens your creativity as you select the colors and create the designs.

You can find many coloring books in your local stores or online. Try it, you'll enjoy it and you will be more relaxed.