...And Preservation of Humanity
Obviously, this page is incomplete--I like its beginning, though. Starting with the above ideal which has guided me since wilderness adventures in my young adulthood.
Here is a quote from Steiner that I use as a litmus test: Every idea that does not become an ideal for you kills a force in your soul, but every idea that becomes an ideal for you creates forces of life within you. I use this wisdom to discern if I am living by my ideals--the more I do so, the more creative and impactful I become.
Thoughts are as real as things; our ideas and ideals hold power and creativity.
With this in mind, I offer a few of my personal favorites--and welcome your comments about your ideals. Please send me a message on the "contact" page.
Suffering is optional. I'm beginning to recognize that sorrow may not be optional, but suffering often is. I can take almost any scenario and eliminate the suffering. I know, this is a large topic--definitely something to chew on.
Why bother unless it's fun? has become a favorite ideal, often guiding me to wise decisions.
Loving Kindness has never let me down.
Renounce and enjoy. This phrase is from Gandhi who summarized his philosophy of life with these three words. Renounce any and all expectations and attachments in the present moment, and enjoy. Simple and phenomenally effective--and may clarify one's hesitancy to hang on to--whatever.
Take care with every word spoken or written--I have few regrets, but those I do have are mostly regarding poorly expressed words--sometimes harsh, or not thoughtful enough. I strive to listen more, and take care with every word.
Here is a quote from Karl Konig's book, A Living Physiology; he was describing his time spent with Ita Wegman, the first anthroposophic medical doctor and one of my most esteemed medical heroes. These words encapsulate my ideals, my experiences, and my hopes of healing.
She used everything in order to heal;. a remedy, a massage, a strong word, a loving look, a piece of music, painting, a walk through the countryside; whatever was available she took and used. She was not like some doctors who just use a remedy and perhaps nothing else, because for them medicine has become so narrow they have forgotten that the whole world if taken in the right way, is therapeutic. She recognized the same spirit of brotherhood in everything that was alive, that was ensouled that was in-spirited, and she used all to heal.