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April 4th, 2024

When you breathe in, take note of all of the tension and stress throughout your body. Your clenched muscles, your strained eyes, your tight skin, etc. When you breathe out, release all of these at once. That tension is the physical representation of your ego, and by relaxing, you humble yourself.

April 4th, 2024

I've been using Blender to learn how to build a house by hand, and it's surprisingly a great way to learn such a complex thing. However, there are some points where I want to do something, but I don't know how. Instinctively, I turn to Google, but the situation is so specific that Google has no information for me. So I go back to Blender, play around with it, and within minutes I've solved the problem myself. This is only an example, but it perfectly captures something that I've been thinking recently:

Whatever question you may have in life, you already know the answer, you just have to look inward to find it.

March 2nd, 2024

"Your mind is your religion"
— Lama Yeshe

February 22nd, 2024

"The scholarly man gains something everyday (knowledge), while the man of Tao loses." You can go about learning and studying your whole life and fifty years down the line realize that you've been walking down the wrong path this entire time. A way that I've developed of seeing things is this: The journey of a man's life can be viewed as an expedition to climb a mountain. Every man, for one reason or another, longs to reach the mountain's summit. Perhaps they'll find something up there, whatever it is that they feel is missing from themselves, or perhaps they won't. Regardless, each man makes his journey up the mountain at some point in his life. However, when they return home none of them feel any different. Sure for a few weeks or so they feel better, but soon after they return to their normal ways, and something still seems to be missing. It is my belief that this is because they are entirely focused on reaching the summit, conquering the mountain. No man ever focuses on the climb back down. They climb the mountain because the mountain itself is the goal, whereas you might even say that there is no real goal. A truly "enlightened" man climbs the mountain simply because he likes it, and when he comes back down he carries on life as normal. Going to college, you are climbing the mountain. Graduating, you've reached the summit. Where to now?

February 15th, 2024

For almost all things in life, if you can easily intellectualize it in words and systems to increase your understanding, then you've really missed the point entirely.