Things Dogs Teach Us

If you are a dog lover you will love this short video that has been watched by a million plus people. But even if you are not a dog lover you may find this video throws light on an unique aspect of life: The power of unconditional love’s ability to transform.

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The Dalai Lama’s Instructions For Life

The Dalai Lama's Instructions

The Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama’s Instructions For Life:

  1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
  3. Follow the three R’s:
    • Respect for self.
    • Respect for others.
    • Responsibility for all your actions.
  4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
  5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
  6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
  7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  8. Spend some time alone every day.
  9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
  10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
  12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
  13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
  14. Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
  15. Be gentle with the earth.
  16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
  17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
  18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
  19. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
  20. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.

Credit: You can find these instructions here.

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Some Wrongs Too Small To Matter?

Too Small To Matter

We tend to think that some wrongs are so small that doing them makes no difference. If I keep my heater on during a power shortage, perhaps the shortage lasts a hundredth of a second longer than it would otherwise have done. I tell myself that this effect is too small to matter.

But imagine a village in which 100 tribesmen are eating lunch. 100 bandits descend on the village, and each bandit takes one tribesman’s lunch and eats it. The bandits leave, each having denied a tribesman an appreciable amount of pleasure.

The next week, hungry again, they descend on the village and tie up the tribesmen. At first they have some moral qualms about robbing them again, but then they notice that each tribesman’s lunch consists of 100 beans.

“The pleasure derived from one baked bean is below the discrimination threshold,” writes philosopher Jonathan Glover. “Instead of each bandit eating a single plateful as last week, each takes one bean from each plate. They leave after eating all the beans, pleased to have done no harm, as each has done no more than sub-threshold harm to each person.”

The outcome of the second raid is the same as that of the first, yet this time no tribesman has been “significantly” wronged by any bandit. Can we still say that some crimes are too small to matter?

Credit: Jonathan Glover and M.J. Scott-Taggart, “It Makes No Difference Whether or Not I Do It,” Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volumes.

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Pain From Nowhere

June Stein was happily married with a busy career. Then suddenly she was hit with a “Pain from nowhere”. A Rheumatologist diagnosed her with a condition known as “Ankylosing Spondylitis”. This is an inflammatory disease that can cause vertebrae in the spine to fuse. This is a progressive disease with no known cure. When June heard this she was devastated. But soon she began her own research and felt increasingly confident that yoga could help her. She turned out to be correct and has now completely reversed her disease and is completely pain free! Her story is incredibly inspiring and worth watching. Please feel free to share it with those who might be helped by learning about this.

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Big John

Big John

A very slightly built bus driver named Bob was running his route one day when a big hulk of a guy got on.

The man was six feet-eight, built like a wrestler and had arms that hung down to the ground. He glared at the diminutive driver and said, “Big John doesn’t pay!” and sat down at the back. The very frightened bus driver was upset, but decided it would not be smart to argue with Big John.

It became a daily event. Big John would get on, say “Big John doesn’t pay!” and sit in the back. And each day, Bob got a little more upset about being taken advantage of.

Finally Bob could stand it no longer. He signed up for body building courses, plus karate and judo. By the end of the summer, he had become quite strong. What’s more, he felt really good about himself.

So on a Monday morning, when Big John once again got on the bus and said, “Big John doesn’t pay!” Bob stood up, glared back at the passenger and screamed, “And why not?”

With a surprised look on his face, Big John replied, “Big John has a bus pass.”.

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