For whatever it might be worth to anybody else, here are some rules I try to implement in my own life:
- Don't obsess over what you can not change.
- Judge ideas and actions, not people and personalities.
- Rather than "good" and "evil", try to use more nuanced metrics, such as "more or less useful", "more or less harmful".
- Try to see both sides.
- Be mindful.
- Breathe deep.
- Synchronize movements to the breath.
- Be open to bliss.
As a meta-rule, I try to see these "rules" as practices, rather than precepts.
This meta-rule is probably the most important of them all, because it helps me not measure myself against an ideal that is impossible to reach.
They are general guidelines for a life that makes myself and those around me happy. Needless to say, I don't always adhere to them - I try to get better.