This is the best practice I know to be done on a daily basis or as often as you can remember. It has worked wonders in my life and I notice a considerable difference to my personal well-being and to the way my days unfold when I practice these four steps with attention and intention. Happy planting!
The Four Steps
1. Make a decision of what you wish to have or want to happen for yourself. It should be one short sentence.
Examples : "I want an amazing place to live." "I want a healthy body." I want a loving partner." "I want to travel more." "I want help with my business." "I want more money."
Be specific and exact.
This step is called Shi in Tibetan. It basically means "basis".
2. Find someone who wants something similar to what you want. Make a plan to help them get what they wish.
Example : "I will ask my friend who shares my same desire if she wants to have tea. I will listen and see how I can support their desire and give counsel and ideas as they arise.
This step is called Sampa in Tibetan. It basically means "intention" or "state of mind".
3. Meet them. Speak with them. Love them and be happy for them.
Meet and talk. Help them with intention and attention.
This step is called Jorwa in Tibetan. It basically means "deed" or "act".
4. Before bedtime, as you lay awake review your day and the good deed that you did in sharing your time to help someone be happier and more fulfilled in their life.
Keep your mind and heart in a happy place and take joy in your actions.
This step is called Tartuk. It basically refers to "joyful contemplation".
Tartuk is the most important step of this process. It is the step that will make a magic garden grow in your life. Remember to Tartuk each night!
This work is based on teachings by Geshe Michael Roach and the Diamond Cutter Institute.