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Posted in Quotes and Articles with tags on December 9, 2013 by ctkwingchun


Quotes from I Wear The Black Hat


Super Microphonious; Chinese Medicine Taught Me How To Learn

Posted in Quotes and Articles with tags , , , , , on April 25, 2013 by ctkwingchun


Chinese medicine is a zoom-out theory and it has taught me how to learn.

Because Chinese medicine doesn’t subscribe to just one line of thinking (keeping all theories and ideas for their appropriate place), over time this permeated into all parts of my being.

I am therefore able to slip seamlessly between spiritual faiths and traditions, and see the common threads.

I am able to visit a martial arts club and not get hung up on style or system.

Zoom out:

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Discover Yourself; Krishnamurti

Posted in Quotes and Articles, Strategy and Psychology with tags , , on September 25, 2012 by ctkwingchun

And it would be a mistake, surely, to think that one can know oneself significantly, completely, fully, through isolation, through exclusion, or by going to some psychologist, or to some priest; or that one can learn self-knowledge through a book.

Self-knowledge is obviously a process, not an end in itself; and to know oneself, one must be aware of oneself in action, which is relationship…in relationship to society, to your wife, your husband, your brother, to man; but to discover how you react, what your responses are, requires an extraordinary alertness of mind, a keenness of perception.

-What Are You Doing With Your Life?, pgs. 7-8

Collected: Tattoos on the Heart

Posted in Quotes and Articles with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 14, 2012 by ctkwingchun

The poet Rumi writes, “Find the real world, give it endlessly away, grow rich flinging gold to all who ask.  Live at the empty heart of paradox.  I’ll dance there with you – cheek to cheek.”

With That Moon Language by Hafez
Admit something;
Everyone you see, you say to them,
“Love me.”
Of course you do not do this out loud;
Someone would call the cops.
Still though, think about this,
This great pull in us to connect.
Why not become the one
Who lives with a full moon in each eye
That is always saying
With that sweet moon
What every other eye in this world
Is dying to

A homie supplies an excuse to Norma Gillette, who has worked at Homeboy longer than anybody and consequently has heard it all: the homie says to her, “I have Anal Blindness.”  “Anal Blindness?” she says.  “Yeah, I just can’t see my ass coming to work today.”

The poet Rumi writes, “Close both eyes to see with the other eye.”

Woody Allen says, “I’m not afraid of death, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”

Thich Naht Hahn writes that “our true home is the present moment, the miracle is not to walk on water.  The miracle is to walk on the green earth in the present moment.”

Emily Dickenson writes, “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, that sings the song without the words and never stops at all.”

“How many things have to happen to you,” Robert Frost writes, “before something occurs to you?”

“You are the sky,” as Pema Chodron would insist.  “Everything else, it’s just weather.”

Mary Oliver writes, “There are things you can’t reach.  But you can reach out to them, and all day long.”

Read the book:

The Double-Bind Game by Alan Watts

Posted in Quotes and Articles with tags , , on September 12, 2012 by ctkwingchun

The first rule of this game is that it is not a game.

Everyone must play.

You must love us.

You must go on living.

Be yourself, but play a consistent and acceptable role.

Control yourself and be natural.

Try to be sincere.

-Excerpt from The Book by Alan Watts, pg 73

The Addictive Type; Noah Levine

Posted in Health and Wellness, Quotes and Articles with tags , , , on August 30, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Prayer and meditation quickly became a more integral part of my life.  They were helping me make sense of everything.  I was beginning to find some sense of purpose in my life.

Being an addictive type, when I find something that makes me feel good I want to do it all the time, so I did, I turned my life toward recovery and spiritual practice.

I had tried everything else.  Drugs hadn’t worked, material accumulation hadn’t worked, violence certainly hadn’t worked, and the negative attention ego trip of graffiti, gangs, and lawlessness had just almost gotten me locked up again.

I knew this spiritual practice shit was the last hope for me.

– Dharma Punx by Noah Levine, Pg. 84

His Dark Side Speaks; Nonsense

Posted in Health and Wellness, Martial Arts and Training, Quotes and Articles with tags , , on August 28, 2012 by ctkwingchun

90% of the stuff we were taught re health is bullshit myth. Saturated fat nonsense, calories in and out, hydrating during workouts, correct form in weight training, 10 reps, heavy weight slows you down, 8 glasses water, coffee dehydrates, workout after carb loading, don’t eat butter etc etc.

F*cking nonsense.

Structure in wc, correct shapes, yjkym being training stance, Biu tze deadliness, lsjc, don’t build muscle, elbow has to be centered, elbow force, don’t connect at wrist.


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