I hope that people can appreciate their surroundings. Appreciate the autumn, appreciate winter, appreciate summer, appreciate spring. People’s lives are full of things, including their loneliness. There is always something happening. If you’ve overslept, you might be awakened by a blackbird chirping outside your bedroom window. The world is not all that empty. There has to be a drama; there has to be gossip; there has to be a visit from somebody or other. We are always creating tea parties or cocktail parties, inviting people over. That’s a natural situation, which is very sacred and wonderful.
From Great Eastern Sun: The Wisdom of Shambhala, page 41.