- Harm nothing, mentally or physically. “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” The Dalai Lama
- Take nothing that hasn’t been freely given to you. “The toughest thing about the power of trust is that it’s very difficult to build and very easy to destroy. Thomas J. Watson, Sr. (Former pres., IBM)
- Cultivate physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual health. From “In Defense of Food” by Michael Pollan: Eat real food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
- Be truthful. “Self-trust is the first secret of success…the essence of heroism." Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Be grateful. “A grateful mind is a great mind, which eventually attracts to itself great things.” Plato’s Law
- Be useful. “The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will out last it.” William James (American Philosopher)
These practices are not, in and of themselves, wisdom. They do, however, put us on the right path. They are the Continual Beginning.