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  1. Any bums workout?

    I've joined a gym recently to up my cardio game and do more weightlifting. I really like the StairMaster machine. I will usually warm up with the bike and then hit the stairs for 15-20 minutes. My recent goal that I hit was 1570 steps, or something like that, the same as in the Empire State Building. My next goal is the World Trade Center which I believe has 1980. The stairs are not only great cardio, but help build up the leg muscles and are low impact on the joints compared to treadmill, so I really like it. Then I do some weights and machines. I mostly just do deadlifts, squats, bench press, and a few other lifts for my upper body. I like using the assisted pull up and dip machine a lot since I can't do many pull ups/dips unassisted, and it helps me work on proper form. I am glad I joined the gym. It's only been 3 weeks now but I feel a lot of improvements. I used to think that walking around all day for my job, plus doing some body weight and dumbbell exercises at home was enough, but now I realized I was really missing out on the cardio stuff, plus it feels good to take my weights to the next level. My next goal, after I get a bit more used to the gym, is to start a frequent yoga practice. I do some stretching but never had a strong practice, and I think it would balance out the weights/cardio nicely.
  2. colds and flu season

    I've had good experiences with elderberry syrup and tea but I haven't tried the wine yet. I have some herbs/medicines I take as needed in the cold season (also, when I travel), such as - Schizandra Berries - Tulsi tea - Stinging Nettle tea - Lemon Balm tea - Turmeric latte - Magnesium - Iodine - Matcha green tea I hardly ever get sick.
  3. The Advantage of Evil

    I don't really know if it is easier to be good than evil. I think we are both naturally a little bit of both to varying degrees, but then based on our life choices, we can drift more on the path of truth and virtue, or the path of lies and infantile wish-fulfillment. You are correct though, it is very hard to see our flaws and negative actions. I try hard to, and still fall short quite often. Most people don't even really try to see themselves. They are on the surface, splashing around in the waves like a kid, never diving deeper into those mysterious depths -- beautiful, strange, and sometimes scary. A tragic flaw of humanity is that so many people aspire towards positive action, and yet they are blind toward the truth. They are not even looking in the right direction, and many have not even begun to open their eyes. First we must know the truth (outer truths about the world), know thyself (inner truths about our selves), and only then can we actually act to make the world a better place.
  4. The Advantage of Evil

    Yeah, what I was implying and maybe should have said was, "hitting a child for no reason." Really, hitting anyone for no reason is clearly wrong both morally and spiritually. Of course people can justify it but that doesn't make it right. Mostly people, in their hearts and their minds, know it is wrong. Evil is never necessary. For instance, killing is wrong, but killing in self-defense is a right we have both legally and biologically. Thus, something that is normally wrong can be right in given circumstances. That doesn't prove that right and wrong are up to us to define, just that what is right and wrong not only depends on the action, but the situation. I am not proposing that all opinions and scenarios have a clearly defined "right" and "wrong" -- however, there are many scenarios which do, based on the definition of "good" and "evil" that I mentioned before. When people grey the boundary between right vs. wrong, it can be easy to justify something which, to somebody with a fuller understanding of right and wrong, is clearly wrong. Evil does not "get things done quickly." Perseverance, prudence, focus, and good work-ethic do. Both good and fucked up people have those qualities. "If evil make the hard unpopular decisions" - That only depends if the decision is an overall good. If a bunch of people call a person evil, that doesn't necessarily make them evil, but it might depending on the circumstances. "Good intentions can wreck havoc" - While that is true, I could say that bad intentions and actions can ultimately bring about good things. Does that make them "good?" No. Actions are right or wrong irrelevant to the consequences. Generally, if you do good things, good things will happen to you. However, like I said before, it is not just the action, but the situation, too, that makes something right or wrong. Bad things do happen to good people, but generally more bad things happen to bad people than good people. Karma exists, but good luck understanding how it works!
  5. The Advantage of Evil

    For those who wonder: is there an objective difference between good and evil, or, can anybody provide an objective definition for "evil?" ... I have heard a good explanation/answer. In my opinion it is very clear, simple, and agreeable: Good is that which benefits life and brings more freedom. Evil is that which harms or destroys life and takes away freedom. Of course there is some subjectivity to certain things being "good" or "bad." There are customs, taboos, etc., that vary from culture-to-culture. And yet, most people around the world would agree that doing something like hitting a child, enslaving someone, etc. are wrong. People who disagree with that would be considered psychopathic or mentally sick, and rightly so.
  6. The Advantage of Evil

    Sorry double post. (please delete.)
  7. The Advantage of Evil

    I tripleposted this. whoops!
  8. Aromatherapy & Essential oils

    Hi there fellow bums, Lately, I've been experimenting with essential oils and a diffuser I recently purchased. I have been having really good results so far. The oils I've tried: - Peppermint - Lemongrass - Tea Tree - Eucalyptus - Lavender - Orange - Pine - Cedarwood - Ylang Ylang ------- I've heard of aromatherapy for a while now, but I never realized how powerful these "smell baths" could be. Of course it works though, because fragrances have a powerful effect on our mood and consciousness. Who doesn't love wandering in the woods and experiencing all the wonderful scents of cedar, pine, etc., the smell of flowers, the smell of the atmosphere during the rain? Just like herbal medicine can have a powerful effect on our health and well-being, I think aromatherapy does it too. I would say it is a bit more subtle though, since eating/drinking plants and herbs obviously gives us all the nutrients and plant-based chemistry, but inhaling the fragrances inevitably triggers a similar, but less extreme, more subtle, process. Highly recommended though! If you have a lot of energy or anxiety, try something like peppermint or lavender, as they can be relaxing. If you need something more stimulating try tea tree, pine, or even ylang ylang. Any other bums have experiences with smell-based medicine?
  9. TaoMeow on Coffee

    I recently got some coffee from Tanzania- called "Peaberry Ruvuma." It is really nice! Creamy, rich, and earthy. Dunno if it has anything to do with the "peaberry" type of bean. I never heard of that before. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peaberry I think coffee from Africa is my favorite. Ethiopian, in particular, has that slightly blueberry taste which surprisingly goes great with the rest of the coffee flavors. My speculations would suggest that since coffee originates from Africa, that the plants might be better adapted to the climate and soil there. Of course, I also had really great coffee from other places, and the fresh stuff when I travelled in Guatemala was hard to beat! Very nice chocolate taste (cacao is from there, anyway).
  10. What path of Buddhism is best for beginners?

    There are the "Three Treasures" of the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. Buddha nature is the truth of the individual, Dharma is the nature of the cosmic law, and Sangha is the community. Although the flavor of the "sangha" will vary depending if you do a Zen Buddhist retreat (Mahayana), a Vipassana retreat (Theravada), or study Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana) -- I think the best is approach is do whatever you can. Experiment. I've done Vipassana retreats, studied at Zen Buddhist temples, and a bit of study/meditation at a Tibetan center in North India. They all taught me a lot, and exposed me to good meditation practices and tips. Mostly, just being in a community with real people is important. The Dao Bums and books are great, but having peers and teachers on the path that are physically meditating with you, is a really special experience. I've done some "Meditation Groups" that were mostly novice practitioners, but it was still great experiences. It is important to have some guides though. I never had one specific teacher, but different monks or experienced practitioners giving tips and feedback. I'd love to have a committed teacher one day, but anything is better than nothing. Eventually, you will want to "dive deep" into a particular practice, but that would be best after some experimentation.
  11. Where do negative thoughts come from.

    The Asshole Chakra.
  12. What are you listening to?

    This kind of stuff melts my mind... even when I am sober.
  13. What are you listening to?

    Really enjoying this track lately:
  14. Paintings with a Wow Factor

    It is like a combination of cubism and "watching paint dry." I like it just because it is probably a good conversation starter.