This week Awesome Stories brings you nature’s magic, kindness, compassion, and better relationships.
I periodically feature Mike Oblinski’s wonderful storm photos, but here is something different from Mike. He and his buddies go on a yearly road trip to get lost and discover new places. I love their sense of adventure and this magical short video offering a brief, but beautiful respite in the mist and woods of the Oregon coast. Enjoy!
Love and Compassion
Beyond being a successful neurosurgeon, Dr. James Doty is an advocate for the magic of love. I recently read his book, Into the Magic Shop, telling his story of learning about magic from Ruth. It wasn’t the kind of magic to do tricks, but rather the magic of learning to influence your body, mind, and heart for the good of all. After a challenging childhood, James went on to become a successful doctor and entrepreneur, then giving away most of his wealth. After more ups and downs, he started CCARE at Stanford to study the science of compassion and later served as the Chairman of the Dali Lama Foundation. He is committed to teaching compassion and living with an open heart. To me, this is true love in action.
I love this project for its simplicity and reminder that kindness matters. These children offer so much wisdom. I hope we listen and act on their wisdom. Filmmakers Jessie Auritt and Alexandra Berger wanted to do something to counter the negativity, xenophobia, racism and sexism that surfaced during our recent US elections. May we treat others as we want to be treated.
This helpful article reminds us that our daily actions can either build love or walls to love in our relationships. Technology is playing a bigger role in our lives, but we need to use it consciously. Christine Carter offers some suggestions for being smart with technology. In order to build connections, Christine suggests that we create technology free times and zones. This helps us be present with the other person and show them respect and care. She also suggests that we learn to be alone, finding our own happiness and innate connection with the world. And finally, she suggests we limit our virtual time to face the real challenges and vulnerabilities in our 3D life. We often put our best selves forward online, but our vulnerabilities are what often bring us closer to others. I’ve certainly found great comfort and connection in sharing my vulnerabilities.
May you find the balance between taking care of self and others to live a life full of love and compassion.