The Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama is a position as the leader of the Gelug school, the newest of many schools of Tibetan Buddhism. As a spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama often speaks on the positive impact of meditation. “When we feel a sort of irritation [towards someone else], during that moment, if that person concentrate[s] fully on the breathing, nothing else…your mental state will be different, [a] little more calm.”

Whenever you struggle with a difficult coworker, overbearing boss, or frustrating family member, remember to call up your meditation experience and focus on your inhalation and exhalation as you move past irritation and toward a more productive, compassionate state of mind. Your friends—and your mental state—will thank you.