I want to be a better person (don't we all?). I'm looking for texts and tips to help me on my journey.
I have come to the conclusion that I need to make some changes in my life. I want to be a "better person." That's a pretty broad term, but basically I want to work on improving my outlook and perceptions of the world, my compassion for other people, my consciousness and my self-destructive behaviors, to name a few things. I want to live in the now but I also want to be well-prepared for the future.
Searches for previous AskMe questions under the terms "better person", "consciousness", "introspection" and "self help" have turned up little. The tips I found here
are good if a little too general. I'm looking for more advice along the same lines as what's contained in that link.
I realize that simply making the decision to become a better person is the very first step. I also know I need to slow down, shut my mouth and think about things before speaking or acting. I journal daily. I exercise and enjoy nature. What else should I be doing? What are some things I can do every day to help raise my awareness of the world around me and become more sensitive to other people and their needs?
I'm not looking for religion or hokey self-help books. I'd prefer something more traditional (maybe texts on philosophies , Buddhism, Daoism, whatever) or any advice that has helped you. Thanks in advance.