Check out this beautiful exploding flower gif!
I found this somewhere online a few years back. Here are the 12 laws of identity and personal growth.
Law 1. You have a right to feel.
Law 2. You can’t save anyone, but maybe you can save yourself.
Law 3. Martyrs finish last.
Law 4. No one is perfect.
Law 5. LIVE your dreams.
Law 6. Trust in the divine.
Law 7. Do the best that you can.
Law 8. Travel in positive circles.
Law 9. When day is done.
Law 10. March to your own drummer.
Law 11. Love someone who is functional, not dysfunctional.
Law 12. Pass it on.
YOU ARE THE CONSCIOUSNESS THAT IS LEFT, AFTER YOUR CHILDHOOD BLOCKS AND PROGRAMS ARE REMOVED. YOU ARE SOUL. YOU DO NOT HAVE A SOUL, YOU ARE SOUL. WHEN YOU HAVE CLEARED YOUR ISSUES, THE ENERGY AND CONSCIOUSNESS THAT IS LEFT, IS YOU.
SOUL IS A HAPPY ENTITY.
I am grateful to anyone,
who has treated me harshly and coarsely
they have taught me to be gentle and sensitive
who has underestimated me to be of insignificance
they have taught me to stand up for myself
who saw nothing of value within me
they have forced me to search the treasures within me
who treated me illicitly
they have taught me to be sincere
who never displayed any affection for me
they have showed me the importance of love
who was jealous of me, fighted and hurted me
they have taught me to be self-critical and cautious
who has never given me any attention
they have taught me to approach anyone without prejudice
who has regretfully damaged my dignity
they have taught me to grant forgiveness
who has never wanted to notice my helplessness
they have taught me to seek help and support
who has abandoned and deserted me
They have showed me the meaning of true friendship
who has restrained and repressed me
They have taught me to defend myself
who has caused me pain and sorrow
They have let me recognize the polarity of suffering
who has taken part in this
gave my life a sense and meaning
I am grateful to any of you,
the reasons how and why i learned this much
what seems to be important to me today
and to be able to give it all away
Let us toast to animal pleasures, to escapism, to rain on the roof and instant coffee, to unemployment insurance and library cards, to absinthe and good-hearted landlords, to music and warm bodies and contraceptives… and to the “good life”, whatever it is and wherever it happens to be.” ~Hunter S. Thompson
I have long loved Roger Ebert and his take on, and reviews of movies. Ebert “speaks” about what he’s been through, (it’s rad, dude), and living through it; unable to speak, and the irony in it. The juice here is in the last three minutes though, when his wife reads the closing of his talk at TED. It moved me to tears, and reminded me just how precious this life is.
The psychiatrist joke at the end is pretty good too!
KELTNER: “I have always felt that our science is only as good as the truthful rendition of reality that it provides and the good that it brings to our species. In summarizing the new science of emotion in Born To Be Good, I was struck by how useful this science is. The ancient approaches to ethics and virtue–for example, found in Aristotle or Confucius–privileged things such as compassion, gratitude and reverence. A new science of virtue and morality is suggesting that our capacities for virtue and cooperation and our moral sense are old in evolutionary terms, and found in emotions that I write about in Born To Be Good.
And a new science of happiness is finding that these emotions can be readily cultivated in familiar ways, bringing out the good in others and in oneself. Here are some recent empirical examples:
Meditating on a compassionate approach to others shifts resting brain activation to the left hemisphere, a region associated with happiness, and boosts immune functions.
Talking about areas of gratitude, in classrooms, at the dinner table or in the diary, boosts happiness and social well-being and health.
Experiences of reverence in nature or around morally inspiring others improves people’s sense of connection to others and sense of purpose.
Laughing and playing in the face of trauma gives the person perspective upon life’s inevitable difficulties, and improves resilience and adjustment.
Devoting resources to others, rather than indulging a materialist desire, brings about lasting well being.
This kind of science gives me many hopes for the future. At the broadest level, I hope that our culture shifts from a consumption-based, materialist culture to one that privileges the social joys (play, caring, touch, mirth) that are our older (in the evolutionary sense) sources of the good life. In more specific terms, I see this new science informing practices in almost every realm of life. Here again are some well-founded examples. Medical doctors are now receiving training in the tools of compassion–empathetic listening, warm touch–that almost certainly improve basic health outcomes. Teachers now regularly teach the tools of empathy and respect. Executives are learning the wisdom around the country of emotional intelligence–respect, building trust–that there is more to a company’s thriving than profit or the bottom line. In prisons and juvenile detention centers, meditation is being taught.”
Do all things in goodness! (TY Datig!)