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I’ll Be Too Busy Lookin Good

Posted in Martial Arts and Training, Quotes and Articles with tags , , , , on April 26, 2013 by ctkwingchun

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Guilt

Posted in Health and Wellness with tags , , on December 13, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Guilt – the most useless emotion ever.

I’m procrastinating right now and loving it.

The Search; Steve Jobs

Posted in Health and Wellness, Strategy and Psychology with tags , , , on November 26, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Coming back to America was, for me, much more of a cultural shock than going to India.  The people in the Indian countryside don’t use their intellect like we do, they use their intuition instead, and their intuition is far more developed than in the rest of the world.  Intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect, in my opinion.  That’s had a big impact on my work.

Western rational thought is not an innate human characteristic; it is learned and is the great achievement of Western civilization.  In the villages of India, they never learned it.  They learned something else, which is in some ways just as valuable but in other ways is not.  That’s the power of intuition and experiential wisdom.

Coming back after seven months in Indian villages, I saw the craziness of the Western world as well as its capacity for rational thought.  If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is.  If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things – that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more.  Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment.  You see so much more than you could see before.  It’s a discipline; you have to practice it.

Zen has been a deep influence in my life ever since.  At one point I was thinking about going to Japan and trying to get into the Eihei-ji monastery, but my spiritual advisor urged me to stay here.  He said there is nothing over there that isn’t here, and he was correct.  I learned the truth of the Zen saying that if you are willing to travel around the world to meet a teacher, one will appear next door.

-Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, Pgs. 48-49

Second Nature

Posted in Music and Clips with tags , , , , , on November 24, 2012 by ctkwingchun

At Dawn

Posted in Health and Wellness, Martial Arts and Training with tags , on November 23, 2012 by ctkwingchun

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.  Don’t go back to sleep. – Rumi

Up before the sun.  Fog on the water.  Workout.  Walk dog.  Feed chickens.  Make breakfast for the fam.  Don’t eat it.  Fasting.  Work.

Push.  Acupuncture.  Write.  Kung-Fu.  Dream.  Query letters.  Emails.

Home.  Cuddle.  Movie.  Love.

CTK.

Fight, Fight, Fight

Posted in Health and Wellness, Martial Arts and Training with tags , , , , on November 17, 2012 by ctkwingchun


They got these commercials on TV and at the movies: “Join the army.  Fight.”

Fight for your freedom.  Fight for your life.  Fight for your parking spot.

I’m at the beach breathing in the sea air off an island and I’m thinking, sometimes it’s not time to fight.  Sometimes it’s time to just let it all in.  Let those feelings wash all over and…yield.

Receive what comes.  Follow what goes.

CTK

Nothing To Eat

Posted in Health and Wellness with tags , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Patient came into clinic last night with a yeast infection.

I recommended to her that she not eat any sugar for about 10 days while I treated her and she used an over-the-counter medication.

“No sugar!?” she exclaimed.  “What will I eat then because everything has sugar in it?”

Deadpan, I replied, “Vegetables, fruits, nuts and meats.

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