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  1. While it's clearly a better investment of time and energy to focus on something more positive and constructive, let's say, for some reason (shits and giggles) you wanted to infiltrate a cult, with a view to being disruptive and ultimately dismantling it (eroding the credibility and influence of cult leader etc). How would you go about doing that (in a manner that doesn't harm yourself of course)?
  2. Jimi Hendrix = god

    Yes!! Hendrix is frikkin awesome. And Pali Gap in particular, is such a sublime and beautiful piece of music.
  3. Mental Tightening

    You know when you clench a muscle, and it sort of tightens, there is tension and rigidity and a kind of tightness in that muscle... Well, I find at times, my mind does the same. It's like trying too hard to solve a problem, thinking too much.. Does anyone else notice that? I'm sure it's extremely common-place. I just had an awareness that that's what ai was doing with my mind, and that it's a theme (often happens with me). My teacher, once said to me 'relax'. I think perhaps he didn't mean just physically. Life is a struggle though. What's a chap to do?
  4. Excuse my ignorance; but if someone is critisizing a thing or making a comparison, surely they're not critisizing the actual thing, but their perception of the thing? In a way, they're not so much talking about the thing, as they are talking about themselves.
  5. Primative Technology

    I'm thinking, aside from any other consideration; what he's doing must be really good for his state of mind. Especially in contrast with a typical person today, who's saturated with gadgets, screens and gizmos. I work with that crap all day, and long term, I find it has quite a pernacious effect on the mind. We have a sceduled power cut in the morning (they're exceptionally rare here in the UK), so I won't be able to use computers; quite looking forward to it...
  6. Primative Technology

    Thought this may be of interest to some. It's the YouTube channel of a chap who builds everything from scratch, only using resources available in his environment. It's basically like he's living in the stone age. Amazing how resourceful he is and what he actually manages to put together; everything to keep himself alive; buildings (huts with tiled roofs and underfloor heating!), weopons, food, tools...
  7. What is the most essential habit?

    Does that mean going to be, getting up, at the same time every day? What sort of time would you recommend? Also, I imagine it's a good idea to quieten the mind before sleep? Another consideration would be to turn off all electrical equipment in the bedroom. For me, I tend to work in a bedroom and have a lot of computing equipment, so lights, noise, heat etc, creates a unhealthy environment for sleep.
  8. What is the most essential habit?

    Ha! I just knew that was coming.
  9. It's not coming home, yet...

    I think it's a great thing, when all hope seems lost, not giving up. I suppose as with any sport, a massive part of it is psychological / mental attitude.
  10. If you had to pick one thing, one habit, that has the most positive impact (or negates harm to your person), what would it be? I'm not sure there is a correct answer to the question, probably, it will vary from person to person... For me, I'm not sure, but I would think something that creates calmness of mind ... as it's normally very agitated, which I know is not good.
  11. I'm not usually bothered with football; but this World Cup, and England's journey through it, has peaked my interest. We (what an odd way of looking at it, to say 'we', when I was never there, never on the pitch) just lost in the semi-final to Croatia. So sad. Defeat... Still, I think the England team can be proud of their performance, and look to grow from the experience. Someone once said; victory isn't so much in the winning, it's in how you respond to (learn from) defeat. Anyone else been watching the World Cup?
  12. "Spiritual Master" Bs

    I would think people who have a high degree of mastery (in most things), generally don't go around claiming to be masters or bragging about it. Bragging about it could imply they're getting some kind of gratification for you having acknowleged (and so, reinforced) their mastery.
  13. Generalising here, but I also find people often seem caught up in their own minds. Their attention not on what they're doing, but on what they're thinking about.
  14. Ethical hedonism

    Is doing something because it's 'important' (or considered so, either by yourself, or others), a good idea? I mean, it almost sounds like it could be duty, something done grudgingly because you feel (or more accurately, think) it's the 'right' thing to do. That reminds me, when I first started Tai Chi, many many years ago, I was saying something about, a thing is right, because it feels right. Everyone laughed, but I think they missed the deeper meaning I was getting at. Anyhow, is what you're doing congruent with who you are? Are the things you're doing, going to yield the kind of results you want to get?
  15. I'm not sure what the Daoist way of looking at this would be; I'd be interested to know though, perhaps the following situation is represented by a hexagram? It's when you feel frustrated and can see no way to proceed or progress a situation. You just have to accept that you're stuck. I think it's this accepting that you're stuck, that's the important bit. It almost seems like your (my) mind has ideas about how best to proceed; but those ideas are based on a limited partial view of things. Also, I'm sure the more I insist on my own (ill concieved) way, the more resistance and fooked-up-ness materialises in my life. Anyway, I just wondered if that specifically, relates to anything in Daoism?