Founders Blog - The Dalai Lama and Pharrell walk into a bar...

Today one of our world’s greatest spiritual leaders led the prayer on the Senate floor in Washington, DC.

This is what His Holiness, the Dalai Lama said:

With our thoughts we make our world.
Our mind is central and precedes our deeds.
Speak or act with a pure mind
And happiness will follow you
Like a shadow that never leaves.

May there be joy in the world.
With bountiful harvest and spiritual wealth,
May every good fortune come to be
And may all our wishes be fulfilled.

As long as space remains,
And as long as sentient beings remain,
Until then may I too remain
And help dispel the misery of the world.
— Dalai Lama

Hearing these words, along with hearing Pharrell’s wonderful song, Happy, I am inspired to look closely at how we teach our kids at Art Works. We are always working to bring them joyful and creative experiences, while also supporting their understanding of the world we live in and some of the challenges we human beings face in our efforts to make it better for everyone.

While I believe we have always had the right intentions in our hearts, I am inspired today to more consciously work to fill our students with the above message. That if we speak and act with a pure mind, happiness will follow us. And that it is through sharing our happiness that we are able to help dispel the misery of the world. This is true social justice, of the joyous variety.

So, clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth…

Barbara Johnson,
Founder and Executive Director
Art Works Now