Richness and meaning don't lie outside of us. And life is not just about "what can I get?" or "what don't I have?" When we open up to the richness of experience, we are less fearful and more able to enjoy life to the fullest. We appreciate the beauty of our world and everything we encounter. With this unrestricted mind of richness, even a beggar on the street can feel like a universal monarch.

To the extent that we recognize our inner richness, we will have a tremendous sense of security that we can trust in any situation. Knowing that we can depend on ourself brings contentment and joy. Whatever arises in our life — good or bad, comfortable or uncomfortable — is enjoyable, I hope that every one of us can at least glimpse this experience. Then we won't get so stuck in the hardships of our pick-and-choose world.

Dzigar Kongtrul, It's Up to You