That Tao which can be named is not the Tao (Lao Tsu)— the knowledge which can be formulated is not the true Knowledge.  MY RULES TO LIVE BY IN AN INTERDEPENDENT WORLD 

v      ALWAYS BE PROACTIVE (Take Initiative!)I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavour. (Henry David Thoreau) 

v      HAPPINESS IS A STATE OF MINDHappiness is a state of mind, so the real source of happiness must lie within the mind, not in external conditions. If our mind is pure and peaceful we shall be happy, regardless of our external circumstances, but if it is impure and unpeaceful we can never be truly happy, no matter how hard we try to change our external conditions. We could change our home or our partner countless times, but until we change our restless, discontented mind we shall never find true happiness. 

v      BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND Having a high degree of security, wisdom, guidance and power that flows from an unchanging core (the Self, Spirit, Atman, Anatman etc.) is the crux of my life philosophy (anchored in nondual thought). This is the foundation for a highly proactive and effective life. By remaining anchored in this and being comfortable with change and impermanence whatever actions I need to take will unfold naturally and I will always intuitively know what I have to do and what the next step is. Understanding “Truth” (not in a religious sense) is what guides my life and is my ultimate life purpose, all my actions will serve this quest. 

v      PUT FIRST THINGS FIRSTMeaningful Connections (friendships), Health (Fitness/Nutrition), Family, and most importantly, nurturing my philosophical quest and deep love of learning (always striving to live in an ethical, ecological, and spiritual manner by constantly recognizing everything and everyone as images of the Self) are the priorities in my life. 

v      ALWAYS SEEK MUTUAL BENEFIT IN ALL INTERACTIONIf everything indeed is an image of the Self then one must always act in an ecological, ethical and spiritual manner for the highest good of all human and non human beings. Always act with pure speech, body and mind. Listen to your heart whenever you are in doubt and you will find the answer you need (though it may not be the one you are looking for). 

v      FIRST UNDERSTAND, THEN ONLY WILL YOU BE UNDERSTOODYou have two ears and one mouth, use them proportionately! Always practice empathic listening and genuinely seek to understand. People see the world not as it is but as they are! 

v      STRIVE TO BE AN ENLIGHTENED ACTIVISTHelp others because it is your dharma, displaying compassion is a natural expression of your being. Others are not separate from you, everyone is you and you are everyone. Never be attached to the fruits of your actions.  

v      REMAIN COMMITTED TO YOUR SOCIAL, MENTAL, PHYSICAL AND SPIRIUAL WELL BEINGExercise these four dimensions of your nature regularly and consistently in wise and balanced ways.  Renew these commitments weekly.

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