The Debut

July 27, 2017

The Return

July 27, 2017

Success

July 27, 2017

“If you want a thing bad enough
To go out and fight for it,
Work day and night for it,
Give up your time and your peace and your sleep for it
If only desire of it
Makes you quite mad enough
Never to tire of it,
Makes you hold all other things tawdry and cheap for it
If life seems all empty and useless without it
And all that you scheme and you dream is about it,
If gladly you’ll sweat for it,
Fret for it,
Plan for it,
Lose all your terror of God or man for it,
If you’ll simply go after that thing that you want,
With all your capacity,
Strength and sagacity,
Faith, hope and confidence, stern pertinacity,
If neither cold poverty, famished and gaunt,
Nor sickness nor pain
Of body or brain
Can turn you away from the thing that you want,
If dogged and grim you besiege and beset it,
You’ll get it!”

– Berton Braley

Woo Woo Woooo Woooooo

July 27, 2017

“You have a right to perform your prescribed duties, but you are not entitled to the fruits of your actions. Never consider yourself to be the cause of the results of your activities, nor be attached to inaction.”
Bhagavad Gita

“The mind is like Velcro for negative experiences, and Teflon for positive ones.”
– Rick Hanson

Top 50 Greatest Albums

July 27, 2017

Rolling Stone Magazine

American Film Institute

Rolling Stone Magazine

“Gratitude is the law of increase, and complaint is the law of decrease.”
– Florence Scovel Shinn

Love Your Work

July 27, 2017

“No man is a success in business unless he loves his work.”
– Florence Scovel Shinn

Power of Words

July 27, 2017

“A man can change his conditions by changing his words. Any man who does not know the power of the word, is behind the times.”
– Florence Scovel Shinn

Passion

July 27, 2017

“You’ll do better if you have passion for something in which you have aptitude. If Warren (Buffett) had gone into ballet, no one would have heard of him.”
– Charlie Munger

Stevie

July 27, 2017

I had tried the practice of NoFap (abstaining) many times with varying results. At first, it seemed impossible and the experiment ended very fast, if you catch my drift. I was Kramer.

The longest I lasted was around three weeks, and that took intense concentration and willpower.

On reddit and other places online, folks boast of abstaining for 365 days all the way up to 1000 days (if my memory serves me right).

Either they’re lying, they’re superhuman, or something else is going on. Maybe they are having sex with their partner and abstaining from solo adventures. I don’t know.

But the powers they speak of are real. More energy, confidence, vigor, and animal insticts come thru when I abstained. Some say that after seven days without, our testosterone levels reach their peak. Also, when we have a release, a lot of nutrients like Zinc are lost.

Abstaining for a month, a year, or even 1000 days seems like an extreme thing of course. The goal is to feel great as much as possible but also experience pleasure and release. A middle way.

Few days ago, I stumbled onto Taoist practices and that made all the sense to me.

According to them, when we have a release, we are losing vital chi energy in the form of jing. And it takes a considerable amount of energy for the body to remake those resources. Think that one release can create an entire human being, consisting of trillions of cells. That’s the power of our jing.

Anyways, the Toaists have a plan of course, to conserve our vigor, yet experience pleasure. The middle way.

The goal is to drastically reduce ejaculation, maybe one or twice a month, but also experience orgasms. Even though orgasms and ejaculations happen at the same time normally, those things can be separated. A thing known as ejaculation control and a thing of circulating sexual energy known as microcosmic orbit (it’s a mental practice of moving energy around the body).

They also have recommended schedules for release according to how strong or weak you are currently, your age, and also the seasons.

So, NoFap is an interesting idea but it is only one half of the solution. One cannot simply abstain forever. We need to transmute and transfer that sexual energy throughout the body, like the Toaists. And occasionally release as well.

This is a very cool thing!!

Losing Jing: The Taoist Perspective

Microcosmic Orbit Chi Meditation

Lovely Day

July 27, 2017

Only The Good Stuff

July 27, 2017

Selectively sifting for good feeling thoughts is a very important practice in our life. Something I’m perfecting each day.

The other day, something practical happened.

We have a big jar of stuffed olives from Trader Joes. I had been eyeing that thing for a while now, because I absolutely love giant green olives, but there’s just one glitch. It is stuffed with garlic (good for me) and also jalapenos (not good for me these days).

So there the bottle sat, in the fridge, mostly untouched, and teasing me everytime I opened the door.

Then I had the realization to apply selective sifting to the olives as well. What a simple yet effective breakthru!

I popped open the olives with my teeth, pulled out the jalapeno strip, and ate the rest!

These big boy olives went really well with my white rice + sardines + saute spinach combo!

Only the good stuff. That’s our motto! For thoughts, people, and now stuffed olives.