According the the ancient Zen Master Won Hyo, “Helping oneself and helping others are like the two wings of a bird.” This is why I merge the discussions of spirituality and social and environmental advocacy. A video to watch and some text to read.
When we don’t pay attention, we waste money, we waste resources, we waste time, and we waste our lives. When we aren’t mindful of this moment, we waste. Therefore, paying attention and trying not to waste is a simple mindfulness exercise we can do all day. The simple act of being mindful and trying not to waste can both help us have better lives for ourselves and and help the world.
A sense of life balance comes from knowing we live a life based on our values. Centering ourselves in what is important to us. But how, when our lives are crazy busy, are we supposed to touch base with what is important? Here are four ways I use, exemplified by Tevye, the main character in The Fiddler On The Roof.
A Chicago public school teacher who had her class watch our movie No Impact Man reached out to me and asked me to write a letter to her class. After I wrote it, I realized it is exactly the advice I strive to follow in my own life and which you, whatever age you are, might find helpful–at least if, like me, you are looking to lead an authentic, impactful, good life.