#Book Review: Everyday Tao – Living With Balance & Harmony by Deng Min-Dao | #SmartReads | #Balance | #Tao | #Mindset | #Mindfulness

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Zy Marquiez
April 22, 2019

Eastern philosophy is a rather intricate subject that has many different viewpoints.  This particular book couples well into those philosophies.

Everyday Tao – Living With Balance & Harmony by Deng Min-Dao is a very insightful book.

Split up into 15 different sections, Everyday Tao covers a variety of ways into which individuals are able to get in tune with the Tao.  The 15 sections are: nature, silence, books, strategy, movement, skill, craft, conduct, moderation, devotion, perseverance, teaching, self, simplifying and union.

Using Chinese ideograms, which contain inherent stories therein, the author brings about much meaning showing the reader what each ideogram breaks into and what insights can be had.

The way the book is set up, each individual insight covering no more than a page, makes this the type of book that can be read straight through, or on a day-by-day basis.  For me, the latter offered much enjoyment and meaning because I was able to digest and discern much of what the book provided and ponder it deeply therein without rushing.  I reference often when I feel my mind lacking a mindful approach in my every day endeavours.

Through and through, the book offers a no-nonsense approach into Taoist insights.  As someone who’s relatively new to Eastern Philosophy and am open minded about it, there was much to appreciate, regardless if one is locked within a particular paradigm or not.  This volume offers much value, and if you’re seeking more to read on Tao or Eastern Philosophy, do not hesitate – get this book.

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Suggested Reading & Viewing:

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
Paradise Lost by John Milton
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Exploring J.R.R. Tokien’s The Hobbit by Corey Olsen Ph.D.
The Philosophy Of Tolkien – The Worldview Behind Lord Of The Rings by Peter Kreeft Ph.D.
On The Shoulders Of Hobbits – The Road To Virtue By Tolkien & Lewis by Louis Marko Ph.D.
Lord Of The Rings: How To Read J.R.R. Tolkien [Presentation]
The Vision Of Freedom That Tolkien Got & The West Forgot [Video]
Socrates Meets Kant by Peter Kreeft Ph.D.
Dialectical Thinking – Zeno, Socrates, Kant, Marx by Tommi Juhani Hanjijarvi Ph.D.
Confucius – The Analects by Raymond Dawson

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#Quote Of The Day – #Mindfulness | #Silence | #Despair

“Give me silence.  Let me ponder my despair.  Where the trees and birds know of no cruelty.  And where I may learn to breathe again without the harsh views of humanity.  Without judgement or jury.  Just me, the trees, the green and my silence.”
– Amelia Dashwood

Emotional Bank Accounts: Account Closures | #Friendship | #Friends | #Loyalty | #Mindfulness | #Life


BreakawayIndividual.com
Zy Marquiez
April 13, 2019

Today I found out that one of my friends got fired from somewhere.  That’s never a good thing.  However, when that is done in retaliation of what someone else did, then I have a really big problem with it as a human being, regardless if I know the person or not.  I think most people would feel the same way.

The person that carried out the retaliation is known me, though to say we’re friends would be a stretch.  In any case, there’s not a lot of things that would get me to ‘close’ an emotional bank account but picking on people is essentially one of them.  Am I angry?  No.  Do I hate this person?  No, not at all.  I haven’t been angry or hateful of anyone in a really long time, many years in fact.  Poker helped me conquer those emotions and I consider myself lucky since it helped me deal with things kind of on-the-spot given how poker is merciless in poking at stick at you and testing you.  That said, there’s only person I would say I actually ever hated, and this person really earned it.  In fact, I told them right to their face, which I never thought I would do to anyone but it happened nonetheless.

In any case, the vanguard point is that the main emotion that envelops me is a storm of searing frustration; an ocean of frustrating that is never ending.

While the parameters for how one individual deals with another is different from person to person, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to think that most individuals do have that proverbial line that shouldn’t be crossed.  What that line is for everyone else, I know not.  What I do know is that when that line is crossed, then that’s the end of that.

I won’t be unkind to this person, even though deep down inside I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to bury this person upside down in my front yard and use them as my next Christmas tree just as a start.  Irrespective of that though, my heart screams mindfulness-mindfulness-mindfulness even as my ego disagrees.

It’s just better to drain that ocean of gasoline before a spark ignites it because it’s just not worth it.

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Suggested Reading:

Emotional Bank Accounts: Large Scale Withdraws
How You Deposit A Truckload Of Black Pearls Into An Emotional Bank Account
How Are Your (Emotional) Bank Accounts Doing?
Emotional Bank Accounts: Investing In Yourself
Emotional Bank Accounts: Withdraw Withdraw Withdraw!
Emotional Bank Accounts: Mutual Funds
Emotional Bank Accounts: Deposits & Withdraws
Emotional Bank Accounts: Interest Rates
Emotional Bank Accounts: Gems Gems Gems, Babies Everywhere!
Emotional Bank Accounts: I Call Your 7 Cents & Raise You A Dollar

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Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, and freelance writer who aims at empowering individuals while also studying and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.

Timeless Insights: The Collected #Wisdom Of Napoleon Hill | #Quotes | #Mindset


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Zy Marquiez
April 5, 2019

What follows are various statements made by Napoleon Hill, on themes of mindset, perseverance, mindfulness, and more. Enjoy.

“When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.”

“Our minds become magnetized with the dominating thoughts we hold in our minds and these magnets attract us to the forces, the people, the circumstances of life which harmonize with the nature of our dominating thoughts.”

“Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.”

“Happiness is found in doing, not merely possessing.”

“Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.”

“Just as your eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to conceive.”

“To be a star, you must shine your own light, follow your own path, and don’t worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest.”

“Do not wait: the time will never be ‘just right’. Start where you stand, and work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.”

“When your desires are strong enough, you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.”

“Set your mind on a definite goal and observe how quickly the world stands aside to let you pass.”

“Before success comes in any man’s life, he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat, and, perhaps, some failure. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit. That is exactly what the majority of men do. More than five hundred of the most successful men this country has ever known told the author their greatest success came just one step beyond the point at which defeat had overtaken them.”

“If you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way.”

“You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.”

“The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge.”

“A quitter never wins and a winner never quits.”

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”

“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”

“Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds”

“Education comes from within; you get it by struggle and effort and thought.”

“First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.”

“A goal is a dream with a deadline.”

“Your big opportunity might be right where you are right now.”

“Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.”

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it seed of an equal or greater benefit.”

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

“You might well remember that nothing can bring you success but yourself.”

“Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.”

“Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel.”

“Action is the real measure of intelligence.”

“There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.”

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Suggested Reading:

Quotes On Solitude
99 George Orwell Quotes

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Wings Are Meant To Fly, Seeds Are Meant To Grow | #Mindset | #Imagination


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Zy Marquiez
April 1, 2019

Imagination is meant to soar, just like wings.  But imagination cannot soar, nor can seeds grow, without the proper circumstances, without the proper mindset; a mindset that sees possibilities, while also having a sound mindset.  But merely seeing the possibilities of things without having a sound mindset can be counterproductive.

Why isn’t seeing what’s possible within everything without a sound mindset great at first blush?  Because some individuals might see certain things as possible, but with the wrong mindset, a negative mindset, these individuals might carry out detrimental actions simply because their mindset isn’t as sound as it can be.  That’s why the right mindset is crucial.  Just like the virtues and actions of an individual are tied at the hip, the imagination (what allows endless possibilities) and the mindset (what dictates whether or not the action undertaken will be beneficial or detrimental) of an individual are just as so.

Mindset is an incredible topic to contemplate.  Mindset, could be argued, is a key component of a sound and incisive mind.  What an individual can ruminate upon, and the lengths to which they may be able to ruminate upon it, are highly dependent on your mindset as well as education.

For instance, if an individual wasn’t raised with a robust and yet imaginative mindset, they might go through life not being proactive, but merely being reactive to circumstances.  The individual might take a narrow approach, when various approaches abound nigh everywhere.  An individual might not seek alternative health solutions, because they’ve been trained to see that as ‘simply not possible’ and because the ‘media would have told us’, so on and so forth.

On the other hand, and individual which was raised with a sound mindset that everything is possible, will not only seek alternatives that other individuals do not see as possible, yet alone consider, but that mindset will be able to lay the foundation for thoughts, which lead to actions, which will create circumstances, all of which accrue adding significant value to an individual’s life in ways they never thought possible knew would take place with enough hard work and perseverance.

By way of example, an individual with an open-mind to all types of possibilities type of mindset would seek (or at least consider) alternative health solutions knowing that, (1) simply seeking additional solutions doesn’t cost anything but effort and time, (2) they might learn things that they were not privy to within the public schooling system [notice, I did not say education system.  Schooling, and education, are not the same thing.  I thank the late John Taylor Gatto for teaching me that gem].  Moreover, and individual might realize that (3) not only do alternative health solutions (lifestyle changes, yoga, breath control, diet change, etc.) often offer treatments for diseases that have no side effects, but, even if such a solution were to fail, such an individual (4) will still have the option to return to conventional solutions if they must be considered.

That same mindset, where anything is possible, may be applied to any other areas of life as well.  These areas could be education, work, goal setting, health (in a much broader sense than merely within the for-profit medical system), creativity, imagination, personal fitness, so on and so forth.  There is no limit to what a sound open-minded and imaginative mindset may help in, because the implications of mindset, like imagination, are infinite.

Every single day certain individuals accomplish goals that many others at one point, or still, consider impossible.  One could go further and realize that the mindset of some individuals is so noxiously detrimental, that even after seeing multiple people accomplish incredible goals, they still see themselves as incapable – unable.

Success?  That’s what happens to others.  Growth?  Not here, no no no.  I am firmly entrenched in my castle of comfort, and there’s no need to step out of the castle keep.  That’s fear talking, by the way.  Fear destroys more ideas, growth, and progress than anything else in life.

Ideas that are not considered, are ideas that will never grow, like a seed not planted.  One could have 1,000 different ideas, some of the best ideas of history, but if an individual thinks they will fail, that nothing should be tried because “other people tried it and failed” and so on, then what would that individual do?  With that type of mindset they wouldn’t even try.

In reality, individuals stand everything to gain from having an open mind coupled with a sound mindset.
This is because, ever individual is different.  What YOU have to offer is vastly different than what someone else can.  And it could be vastly superior in certain respects.  Think about all the great inventions that have been made.  What if people didn’t think computers could ever be possible?  What if medicines weren’t thought as possible?  What about flight?   What about fictional worlds created by authors that never existed prior to them taking proactive action exercising imagination (creating the world) but employing a sound can-do mindset (writing the story)?  With all the above examples, the entire world would be a much different place, a much darker place, if people had not acted with imagination and mindset together.  Thankfully, such is not the case.

Allow me a short aside for a moment on the matter of mindset.  Last year, I met someone that had a sound mindset.  This person asked me what I was reading, and I happened to be reading a book about Bruce Lee, and we instantly hit it off from there.  We both talked about mindset from separate point of views; she talked about mindset from Jui Jitsu and Martial Arts, which she is heavily into, while I talked about it through self-directed education and philosophy.  Irrespective of those separate paths, the conversation was seamless, and many other areas that mindset sifts into were pondered deeply.[1]

The point of the aside is that, the only reason she ever considered doing Jui Jitsu was because she has a sound and strong mindset.  Moreover, she is really good at it which couples to the point above, that you never know what’s possible if you can’t imagine it, and whatever you end up trying, you might end up becoming  great at or even love doing.  You can’t know unless you try, and that first step is paramount.  Not only that, the course of your life might just change based on a ‘simple’ (yet not so simple) consideration that can only stem from an open-minded and robust mindset.

Such possibilities are non-existent in the eyes of the close-minded, of the comfortable, of the unimaginative.  Those that seek change, and are proactive about it, will always find it with enough time and effort.  Those that push themselves beyond the boundaries of comfort will not only find themselves journeying through realms hitherto unknown to them, but will grow stronger, wiser, often times thriving within them.

In my personal case, I never thought I would ever pursue poker as a living, nor starting multiple businesses.  Going to ASU for Aerospace Engineering, my mindset was rather entrenched in what I wanted to do.  Not because I was opposed to it, but because I was so set on what I wanted to do – seeing only so much as possible – at the time.  Not a bad mindset, per se, but not an open-minded one either.  That entrenchment held me back slightly.

It’s not that I wouldn’t have loved following through with Aerospace Engineering as a profession, I know that I would have.  But that didn’t mean that I couldn’t love doing something else even more.  Synchronistic circumstances allowed me to not only give Poker a shot, but businesses as well, and I haven’t looked back ever since.  If I didn’t see the possibilities with each of those, and within others, my life wouldn’t have taken the course that it has, a course that I am incredibly grateful for.

Hearkening back to an earlier point, trying new things, even if they often end in failure, often times come with a safety net that is not oft-considered.  Often times, we have the ability to consider possibilities  knowing that we may go back to our original plans if things fail, but also with the knowledge that (1) we attempted something great for ourselves, or something better at least, and also (2) with the knowledge of what didn’t work, and that’s crucial.

By knowing what doesn’t work, an individual may revamp their goals and once again attempt something similar but with slight adjustments, or even greater goals, simply because now they have experience within that area/field.  It’s a lot easier running, after you have learned how to walk and/or even stumbled.  That said, a sound and healthy mindset requires constant work and an open-mind for it to flourish.  Without that, all individuals merely have is a blank canvas, a blank page, or an aircraft in a holding pattern, not taking off.  And nothing great was ever created by inaction.

What have you attempted lately?  Was it significantly out of your comfort zone?  Where did it go?

The other important point: merely considering things does not hurt anybody.  So if you don’t try something, big deal.  But what if your consideration leads to something more?

Considerations – thoughts – are seeds, holding potentiality in ways you couldn’t imagine.  Whether you plant them or not, that’s your choice.  Just like seeds are made to grow, wings are made to fly, so are your dreams.

At least individuals can take solace that those seeds – those thoughts, considerations, dreams – are always there, waiting to sprout under the right circumstances.

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[1] This very conversation was very similar to one I had with a friend.  Him and I spoke at length about a music and learning, and the mindsets that each of them entails.  He wouldn’t have tried becoming a musician if he wasn’t open minded while having a robust mindset, I wouldn’t have ever attempted book reviews ‘while learning on the job’ if I didn’t follow the same type of mindset.  Both of us struggled trying this, and it wasn’t easy, but we both love doing it, and for various reasons.  A sound, open-minded, and robust mindset are what lead us down these paths, and hopefully down others.

Side Note: This post was inspired by the song titled “Wings” by Little Mix.  The song totally randomly popped up playing in my Ipod and I forgot I had even uploaded it.  It has a great beat, and a great message.  I implore you all to check it out if you’re looking for something uplifting and perhaps inspiring.

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Suggested Reading:

Have You Ever Walked On The Moon?
The Opening Salvo, The First Minute
The Seeds Of Today, The World Of Tomorrow

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Mindwaves & #Mindfulness

“You can’t cross the sea by merely standing on it and staring at the water.”
– Rabindranath Tagore

“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient.  One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for the gift from the sea.”
– Anne Morrow Lindebergh

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Zy Marquiez
March 28, 2019

The mind is a fascinating subject – it is capable of not only processing each bit of data which comes its way, but more importantly, it is able to experience the full totality of existence.

Therein lies the gem: the mind, knows no bounds.  An individual’s mind is capable to do anything and everything; it is capable of being centered or wander aimlessly; it can experience vast ranges of information, or able to handle one individual data stream; as such, where the mind goes, the individual will follow.  This is one of the vanguard reasons why the flood of information that modern day offers can be problematic.

By way of example, when my mind gets flooded with information, whether intentionally or unintentionally, it’s emblematic of being in quicksand – my mind is processing information, but I am getting nowhere, and fast. 

The best example of this took place when I first attempted playing online poker nigh two decades ago.  Traditionally, live poker is played on one table, and was for an extremely long time.  With the advent of technological advancements Poker was available for online play.  With that, a whole new method of playing poker – and all its iterations – was born.

My first attempt at online poker play was overwhelming in ever sense of the word.   In fact, it left me with a headache that lasted for days.  However, instead of playing two tables simultaneously, I fired up four tables.  That was a big mistake.  That doesn’t seem like a lot of tables but paying attention to 16 players is vastly different than paying attention to 36 players.  Two hours in, my brain was the very definition of overcooked.  All of this was due to the fact my mind was incredibly flooded with information.

As such, my mindwaves got the better of me, leaving me with a helpless feeling of drowning in my own mind.  Thankfully I was able to overcome that, but not without hardwork however.  A couple of months later, I was able to play 12 tables comfortably, and from there, I got up to 36 tables simultaneously during cash and tournament play.  What I describe is not something that only a select few can do, not at all, but it is something that requires work.

The point is that every mind is capable of learning, integrating, adapting, overcoming, and settling into a stronger default mode – every mindOne’s default mode – the baseline of an individual’s mind – is a byproduct of what you subject yourself too as well as the nature of the subject matter.  It is easier to have a stronger base line if your exposure to certain subjects is minimal.  The converse is unfortunately true.  This makes it crucial to be mindful of all the circumstances because they can be quite impactful one way or another.

What is an individual to do when their mind begins submitting to the waves of information that are ever present in modern day life?  On this, Shunryu Suzuki, author of Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, states:

“…do not try to stop your thinking.  Let it stop by itself.  If something comes into your mind, let it come in, and let it go out.  It will not stay long.  When you try to stop your thinking, it means you are bothered by it.  Do not be bothered by anything.  It appears as if something comes from outside your mind, but actually it is only the waves of your mind, and if you are not bothered by the waves, gradually they will become calmer and calmer.”[1]

It sounds overly simplistic, doesn’t it?  Keep in mind, eastern monks have been undertaking this very process for millennia.  It can seem daunting at first, but it is very attainable.  All it takes is commitment, perseverance and focus.

Please keep in mind that:

“A mind with waves in it is not a disturbed mind, but actually an amplified one.”[2]

The above goes to show the capacity of the mind referred to earlier and the ability of the mind to expand, to handle more, to be amplified.  

That said:

“It is impossible, however, to attain absolute calmness of our mind without any effort.  We must make some effort, but we must forget ourselves in the effort we make.  In this realm there is no subjectivity or objectivity.  Our mind is just calm, without even any awareness.  In this awareness, every effort and every idea and thought will vanish.  So it is necessary for us to encourage ourselves and to make an effort up to the last moment, when all effort disappears.  You should keep your mind on your breathing until you are not aware of your breathing.”[3]

A mindful approach will help the individual’s mindwaves settle and the mind to be centered.  This is incredibly noteworthy because according to a study conducted by the University of Southern California in 2013, the average individual in America goes through more than 13 hours of media daily.[4] That is a lot of media and nigh 2/3rd of an individual’s day spent on media.

Life, like the ocean, will always bring us endless waves of myriad types, it is in its nature.  If we do not consciously move against the tide, staying the course, the waves will carry us elsewhere – away from our destination.

Then and only then will we reach whatever goal we have.

Just like the mind can make came its own waves, it can also calm them.

The answer lies within.  As it always has, and always will.

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Sources & Footnotes:

[1] Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, p. 22.
[2] Ibid., p. 24.
[3] Ibid., p. 26.
[4] Elizabeth Williams, Mary.  “Why Every Mind Needs Mindfulness.”  Time Special Edition – Mindfulness: The New Science Of Health And Happiness, 2017, p. 10.

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Suggested Reading:

Mindfulness 101
Modern Missteps Meet Mindfulness

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Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, and freelance writer who aims at empowering individuals while also studying and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.