If you can stand it, the most amazing part of this talk comes in the last two minutes (in my opinion). I get it if you can't make it all the way through the eight minutes, but it's pretty amazing. Essentially, he is talking about the way our brain uses its mirror neurons in concert with our sense of touch and how this leads to feelings of empathy. It is way more complex than that, so I would encourage you to find a time to sit and watch the video.
Since, however, good things come in threes, it only stands to reason that this morning I would open up my Facebook page and find this daily message from the Dalai Lama, "Ultimately, humanity is one, and this small planet is our only home. If we are to protect this home of ours, each of us needs to feel a vivid sense of universal altruism. It is only this feeling that can remove the self-centered motives that cause people to deceive and misuse one another. If you have a sincere and open heart, you naturally feel self-worth and confidence, and there is no need to be fearful of others."
When I got in the car to drive Eve to her carpool, it just so happened that the Indigo Girls were playing on my iPod. The song? "Let it Be Me." The central theme of the song is captured here: "...I'm among friends trying to see beyond the fences of our own backyard. I've seen kingdoms blow like ashes in the winds of change, but the power of truth is the fuel for the flame, so the darker the ages get there's a stronger beacon yet. Let it be me...if the world is night, shine my life like a light."
And the writing prompt for today? "Open House." I think I'll change it to "Open Heart, Open Mind" and call this a done deal.