Sam Harris is an American author, philosopher, and neuroscientist. He the CEO of Project Reason, a nonprofit foundation devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society. Sam has written a stack of books and there are even more online lectures. He has an extraordinary mix of smart, sharp, gentle and humor. This video is gentle and touching. Sam describes how people close to death often reflect on their lives and regret what they cared about. He says what matters is what captures our attention and realizing the past is just a memory, the future never arrives – what we truly have is the present moment. Quite a beautiful video.
I recently spent time in Bali. I was so impressed by the gentle and generous Balinese. How do they maintain these qualities despite millions of tourists? I think it is the daily practice of offerings - or Canang Sari. Every morning the Balinese make this offering to their hindu gods to give thanks for what they have. The act of making the offering is viewed as an important time for reflecting on what they have to give thanks for. I think this daily practice could be a great strategy for taking care - to help shift our focus from what we think we don't have enough of, to giving thanks for what we have
This blog is dedicated to sharing resources for taking care. It was inspired by my darling friends, Mary and Wendy - we all love real stuff that inspires. A new resource will be posted on Sundays. If you have any you would like to share please email them in to: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructions for a bad day
If you are having a tough day and you are looking for comfort, hope, inspiration - you might want to watch Shane Koyczan's video: Instructions For a bad day. Click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7OGY1Jxp3o