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  1. Clothing, Colours and Emotions

    Red definitely makes one look and feel more aggressive. Yang. But I don't think patterns have much affect on an I dividual, beside any personal or cultural attachment one may have towards a pattern (for example, people feel rich wearin an Yves Saint Laurent polo shirt or a Louis Vuitton brown bag) I also think wearing tee shirts with graphics or phrases is sub par to wearing according to your body - if your shadow looks good chances are you've dressed according to your body. Me personally, I wear loose fitting cotton stuff, usually greys, blacks, navy blues, whites and if I ever wear patterns it's plaid. In terms of emotions, I don't think it affects me on that plane. I think I dress according to a character I want to express, so the emotions of this character (or avatar, or archetype) are derivative from the clothes I've picked to manifest this character.
  2. The human body and diet

    Is there a [rough] universal diet and sleep-schedule suitable for all humans? Or is it the socioeconomic environment that influences our psychology to eat a certain way? During the 17th century, Japan ate very scarcely - but they did so happily (or rather, contently) with a philosophy in mind. As far as modern Western food consumption goes, we eat strictly for pleasure and do not think too much about the additives and preservatives present in most foods. If you were to explain the way the Japanese ate during this era, I imagine Western medicinal doctors would disagree strongly, especially at how they suggested only ~5 hours of sleep a night will suffice and anymore is counteractive, keep all food and drink consumption to a minimum (even water) and only eat when your stomach is empty but do not eat at night. But people who followed these rules were have said to reach as old as 130 years old... Is it the diet? Belief? Science?
  3. What would you tell your 20 year old self?

    The attitude amongst students here in Aus is similar if not identical. If I went to college, it would be for, as you say, it's fundamental purpose. I would like to work as a lecturer, researcher or writer of some sort in the field if philosophy (main interest) or psychology (only because I think it is a necessary field to be explored at this point in time).
  4. What would you tell your 20 year old self?

    Too many subjects for one teacher! If I were to pick one, I don't think their are any Taoist teachers is Australia... I mean someone who lives it, not just teaches it The idea of going to university has been antithesis to cultivating / searching within myself. Often hear people regret going to college so early.
  5. What would you tell your 20 year old self?

    Could you shed some light on how you practise Bagua and how it's improved your life?
  6. What would you tell your 20 year old self?

    What is the call of the deep universe, to you? Thanks. I live in a main city, so I think I will take a stab at Tai Chi. I've prepared my time so I can invest in doing it consistently, with hopes of cementing a habit. One of the other main reasons I decided to post was to get advised on exercise, diet and other enriching activities which would be good to pursue as a young human. I've eaten a vegan diet for nearly two years now. From the book I'm currently reading, Cultivating Ch'i: A Samurai Physician's Teachings on the Way of Health by Kaibara Ekiken, I've concluded that it would be beneficial to see a doctor of Eastern medicine to get advice on ways of improving and refining my diet. Some of the things I plan on investing time in the next year or 3 are studying Wittgenstein, Nietzsche, Kieekergaard, Diogenes, Heraclitus, Eastern philosophies, Jung, classical art/art history, literature, martial arts on top of regular exercise, learning Chinese and classical piano. I am not without goals nor do I think I'm overloading myself - everything mentioned are things that I am already interested in, and I expect to add or remove some of those things... Wouldn't want to set myself up for disappointment ______ Thank you all for your replies, I've read every one and have taken something from it.
  7. I've been reading this forum for the last 6 or so months, really enjoy the stuff that gets discussed here. I'm turning 20 next month and currently going through exciting changes, and I think it would be beneficial hearing some views from you people. Grown up in the city (bar the one year I lived in the country) and I currently work long hours at a restaurant. I work a lot of hours, so I'm making quite a lot of cash (more so than my peers that is). Lately, and especially from my current readings, I've been pondering a nomadic life. Anyway, this is more about what YOU would do as a 20 year old, knowing what you know now. As a side note, what forms of exercise would you start doing? (Tai Chi, Qi Gong, martial arts)
  8. While talking to a Bhakti-yoga practitioner today, I couldn't help but notice the many similarities between the way these practitioners (Hare Krishna folk) live their life compared to Buddhist and Taoist teachings. Basically, and unsurprisingly, religion and/or spirituality share many common principles. But how does one hone in on one school of thought? For example, if I choose to become a Bhakti practitioner, I feel like I would be missing out on a whole other world, namely, Buddhism and Taoism. Anybody here 'migrated' from one religion or spiritual path to another or encountered this question along their own path? Thank you for your time to read this
  9. Introduction

    I have been reading the Tao Te Ching for the last six months. During this time, I have become interested in The Way. I'm still new to this sphere of thought, but I want to progress it. I live a fairly normal tightly-knitted Western life, but since beginning the Tao Te Ching I want to adjust my life unto the Tao. I come to this forum in hope of absorbing and learning new things about The Way. Before Taoism, I was very interested in Vedic literature. I wish to find Taoist masters and learn from them, giving myself to them. Do Westerners have access to this? I am willing to learn Chinese. Apologies for my disjointed style of writing, long time listener first time caller with the whole concept of online forum.