Much to the amazement of philosophers and the like, animals do exhibit moral behavior as this video clearly demonstrates. Moral behavior is definitely not something exclusive to humans, and this video seems to suggest that morality does not arise from Religion, but it may be the other way round- religion may be built on top of existing moral structures. This is an interesting talk that is worth pondering and thinking over.
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Our children are dying. Lives are left shattered and doctors continue to write prescriptions for drugs like Oxycontin, which is the same as heroin.
Deaths from prescription drug overdose have been called the “ silent epidemic” for years. Now with one American dying every 17 minutes from an accidental prescription overdose, it is being described as “the biggest man-made epidemic” in the United States. More people are dying from drug overdoses than from any other cause of injury death, including traffic accidents, falls or guns.
Did you know that the manufacture of Oxycontin (Purdue Pharma) generated $3.1 BILLION in revenue in 2010? Yes, BILLION. Scary isn’t it?
My son Steven was one of these statistics. He grew up in a loving home with two brothers, parents that loved him and more love than anyone could ask for. He was well behaved and extremely respectful.
He was the “go to” person that all his friends liked to confide in and ask for advice. He played little league, soccer, went to overnight camp, travel camp, had cars and went to the college of his choice. He excelled in school and graduated with honors with a degree in Psychology.
He was getting ready to begin his Masters Program and started working part time for a state funded program ironically assessing people with addiction problems, when his life changed-FOREVER
1. Get a good yoga teacher – This is the most important tip. A good yoga teacher is priceless and can help you tap into the deeper benefits of yoga. How will you know a good teacher from a so-so one? Read the tips below and make sure your teacher follows them.
2. Do not push yourself into a posture – Indra Devi was a student of T. Krishnamacharya, the founder of modern yoga. She was one of the earliest woman yoga students. She went on to become one of the most celebrated yoga teachers of our times. One day as she was practicing the seated forward bend and was unable to reach her toes. She asked another student to push her forward so she may get hold of her toes. T. Krishnamacharya immediately stopped her, warning her that this may result in injury. Allow your body to open up slowly. As you practice regularly you will slowly be able to do some of the postures that were formerly impossible. A good yoga teacher will be extraordinarily gentle and ensure that you do not get yoga related injuries. A good teacher will sequence the practice in such a way that the body is slowly warmed up before more difficult postures are practiced.
3. Let your teacher know of issues you may have – It is important to let your yoga teacher know of any issues you may have. If you have high blood pressure certain postures have to be avoided. The same applies when you have back issues. A good yoga teacher will give variations or will warn you not to do a certain posture if she knows of your condition ahead of time.
We all know that body language is important. Allan Pease shows how gestures with the palm of our hands impact what we are communicating. This knowledge can be of tremendous use and is worth watching.
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The ego is our constant companion. Sometimes it even subsumes our identity if we are not careful. Tagore’s masterful poem illustrates our struggle with the ego:
I came out alone on my way to my tryst.
But who is this that follows me in the silent dark?
I move aside to avoid his presence but I escape him not.
He makes the dust rise from the earth with his swagger;
he adds his loud voice to every word I utter.
He is my own small self, my Lord, he knows no shame:
but I am ashamed to come to Your door in his presence.
– Rabindranath Tagore
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