22 Life Teachings of The Philosopher Confucius

Some lessons are eternal and unchanging. Every now and then, we all need a reminder of what is important. It’s only natural when external forces in life pull us away from our connection to self. Confucius, with his thought provoking aphorisms, teaches us what life is about thousands of years after his passing.

Confucius quotes and teachings about life and the noble man

Some lessons are eternal and unchanging. Every now and then, we all need a reminder of what is important. It’s only natural when external forces in life pull us away from our connection to self. Confucius, with his thought provoking aphorisms, teaches us what life is about thousands of years after his passing.

Confucius was Chinese philosopher, politician, teacher and founder of the Ru School of Thought in roughly 500BCE. His teachings form the foundation of Chinese speculation on the education and comportment of the ideal man which paved the way for soteriological doctrines of Buddhism and Taoism to dominate intellectual life at that time. Many historians compare Confucius’s influence in Chinese history with that of Socrates in the West.
His followers competed successfully with many of schools during the Hundred Schools of Thought Era. Confucius’s thoughts received official sanction and were further developed into a system known as Confucianism. His Aphorisms regarding his teachings were compiled in the Analects, which later coined the term – “Confucius Says…..”
In light of keeping with tradition:

Confucius Says…


1. “If you govern with the power of your virtue, you will be like the North Star. It just stays in its place while all the other stars position themselves around it.”
2. “In my understanding of music, the piece should be begun in unison. Afterwards, if it is pure, clear and without break, it will be perfect.”
3. “The noble man is not a utensil.”
4. “To govern means to rectify. If you lead on the people with correctness, who will dare not to be correct?”
5. “The noble man is all-embracing and not partial. The inferior man is partial and not all-embracing.”
6. “If a person lacks trustworthiness, I don’t know what s/he can be good for. When a pin is missing from the yoke-bar of a large wagon, or from the collar-bar of a small wagon, how can it go?”
7. “To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous.”
8. “If the noble man lacks gravitas, then he will not inspire awe in others. If he is not learned, then he will not be on firm ground. He takes loyalty and good faith to be of primary importance, and has no friends who are not of equal moral caliber. When he makes a mistake, he doesn’t hesitate to correct it.”
9. “I am not bothered by the fact that I am unknown. I am bothered when I do not know others.”
10. “When the noble man eats he does not try to stuff himself; at rest he does not seek perfect comfort; he is diligent in his work and careful in speech. He avails himself to people of the Way and thereby corrects himself. This is the kind of person of whom you can say, ‘he loves learning.”
11. “The 300 verses of the Book of Odes can be summed up in a single phrase: ‘Don’t think in an evil way.”
12. “Those who are born with the possession of knowledge are the highest class of men. Those who learn, and so readily get possession of knowledge, are the next. Those who are dull and stupid, and yet compass the learning are another class next to these. As to those who are dull and stupid and yet do not learn–they are the lowest of the people.”
13. “You, shall I teach you about knowledge? What you know, you know, what you don’t know, you don’t know. This is knowledge.”
14. “If you govern the people legalistically and control them by punishment, they will avoid crime, but have no personal sense of shame. If you govern them by means of virtue and control them with propriety, they will gain their own sense of shame, and thus correct themselves.”
15. “At fifteen my heart was set on learning; at thirty I stood firm; at forty I had no more doubts; at fifty I knew the mandate of heaven; at sixty my ear was obedient; at seventy I could follow my heart’s desire without transgressing the norm.”
16. “People err according to their own level. It is by observing a person’s mistakes that you can know his/her goodness.”
17. “There are three things of which the superior man stands in awe. He stands in awe of the ordinances of Heaven. He stands in awe of great men. He stands in awe of the words of the sages. The mean man does not know the ordinances of Heaven, and consequently does not stand in awe of them. He is disrespectful to great men. He makes sport of the words of the sages.”
18. “See a person’s means (of getting things). Observe his motives. Examine that in which he rests. How can a person conceal his character?”
19. “Someone who is a clever speaker and maintains a contrived smile is seldom considered to be a really good person.”
20. “Reviewing what you have learned and learning anew, you are fit to be a teacher.”
21. “To worship to other than one’s own ancestral spirits is flattery. If you see what is right and fail to act on it, you lack courage.”
22. “The noble man has nothing to compete for. But if he must compete, he does it in an archery match, wherein he ascends to his position, bowing in deference. Descending, he drinks the ritual cup. This is the competition of the noble man.

Babies From Finland Sleep in Boxes

I know what you’re thinking! Why any parent would let their baby sleep in a cardboard box is nuts, but this country’s tradition is far from lacking in purpose. Finland has made “baby in the box” a rite of passage for every child and expecting mother. The reasons are surprising, inspiring and heartwarming.

baby box

I know what you’re thinking! Why any parent would let their baby sleep in a cardboard box is nuts, but this country’s tradition is far from lacking in purpose. Finland has made “baby in the box” a rite of passage for every child and expecting mother. The reasons are surprising, inspiring and heartwarming.

For 75 years, Finland has been looking after the well-being of its expectant mothers and newborn babies. Even during the hardship of wartime in the 1940s, with country wide shortage in materials and supplies, these baby boxes were still made a nation-wide priority. The unified effort and love of this country’s mothers and children, as well as some inspired creative thinkers, has made Finland amongst the lowest infant mortality rates in the world with only 2 deaths of 1000 live births in 2014. For perspective to my fellow American natives, the United States averaged 6 deaths in 1000 live births this same year. Finland may be onto something big!
When the box was first put in distribution in 1937, Finland was a poor country and infant mortality was high – 65 out of 1,000 babies died, but figures improved rapidly in years to follow. The baby box is a new parent’s starter kit and was offered to low-income families who could otherwise not afford the contents of the box which at the time included cloth to make clothes, sheets, toys and a clean place for baby to sleep in even the poorest of households. It was designed to give children an equal start in life no matter their background or social class. The Finland baby box is a symbol of equality and the importance of all children.
At the turn of the century, changes were made to the box’s contents to promote the country’s preferred parenting choices. Disposable diapers were replaced with cloth diapers due to its favor with environmental protection. Baby bottles were removed to promote breastfeeding which has become one of the main goals of the box. I can already hear the freedom to choose parents scoffing with this last statement, but keep in mind Finland takes care of their mothers and children even more than just this box. To receive a box for their little one, a mother must see a prenatal doctor before 4 months along where they will continue to receive free health care during pregnancy and childbirth. After birth, they will receive free postnatal care for a year and baby will have free doctor care as well, but it doesn’t end there! Mothers also receive 11 months paid leave from work! A few recent studies have concluded that Finnish mothers are some of the happiest in the world. Being an American Mother myself, I can imagine how much this support can help with choosing to breastfeed for a year and the usage cloth diapers.
Recently, the box includes gender friendly bodysuits, a sleeping bag, outdoor gear, bath & grooming products, nappies, bedding, a book to promote a love for reading and a small mattress at the bottom. The choice is given to all mothers to choose the box or to opt out for cash. Roughly 95% of all Finland mothers choose the box. Children from all backgrounds have their first naps in the box to establish this rite of passage by uniting mothers and the generations to come. Even royalty from the UK and Sweden have enjoyed this same box in efforts to promote this world-renowned maternity package.

How To Find and Choose a Good Naturopathic Doctor

Not every doctor can be trusted with our well-being. With big pharma on the loose creating bodily mayhem, natural methods are slowly converting to the preferred method of wellness treatment. This is the reason for the naturopathic doctor’s rise in demand.

“Choosing a physician is like choosing a car, you need someone you can trust who will take you where you need to go.” 
(Judith Boice, N.D.)
Not every doctor can be trusted with our well-being. With big pharma on the loose creating bodily mayhem, natural methods are slowly converting to the preferred method of wellness treatment. This is the reason for the naturopathic doctor’s rise in demand.

In North American States without naturopathic licensing board, anyone may call herself or himself a “naturopathic doctor,” or use the initials “N.D.” after his or her name, because the term is not legally defined or regulated by the state.

Before making an appointment with an N.D., ask where he or she went to school. 

In North America, there are only 5 accredited naturopathic colleges.  There is also one college in Canada and one in British Columbia.  Physicians who have graduated from one of these schools have completed rigorous medical training, equivalent to that offered at conventional medical schools, with the addition of natural therapeutic modalities absent from most medical curricula.

Check with American Association of Naturopathic Physicians to find a trained naturopathic physician in an unlicensed state. 

To check if any schools have been added you can visit the AANMC website to check for any updates.

In licensed states, naturopathic physicians must pass a national board exam before they are licensed.  most naturopathic physician who have graduated from an accredited school pass national board exams and retain a license in a licensed state, even if they are practicing in a state that does not recognize naturopathic physicians.

Keep in mind that each licensed naturopathic physician is likely to empathize particular therapeutic approaches to his or her practice.   Always ask what therapeutic methods a particular practitioner uses (e.g. nutrition, homeopathy, botanical medicine, physical medicine, hydrotherapy, etc.).

I know of one patient who went to a naturopathic physician for several months, always expecting  that the physician who prescribe some sort of homeopathic remedy.  Finally, this extremely patient patient asked the physician when he was going to prescribe a remedy.  “Oh,” said the physician, arching his eyebrow in surprise, “I don’t work with homeopathic remedies.  I suggest you contact Dr. So-n-so!”

General Guidelines of Choosing a Physician (Of Any Kind):

~ the physician listens well and encourages questions

~ the physician asked what you think is happening to your health

~ the physician takes time to explain things

~ the treatment plan includes lifestyle changes, not just pills

~ the physician outlines options and helps you make educated health-care choices

~ the physician educates patients during office visits and provides more information when its requested

~ the physician conducts physical exams

~ the physician orders appropriate lab tests in licensed states

~ the physician refers patients to other physicians for lab testing in unlicensed states