Strength training for the mind. The most important consideration in the beginning of mental strength building through Zen Buddhism is change and attitude. The tendency to modify too much change too fast causes unnecessary setbacks. You must think in positive terms. It takes a minimum of time and continued practice for the mind to acclimate and internalize good strategies, attitudes and changes even if you are practicing every day and doing everything else right.
Attachment to permanence is illusionary, since all life is change.
The sun came up and the rooster crowed. The farmer came out of his house and feed the chickens and gathered the eggs. The rooster strutted around the yard and chased some chickens. The sun came up and the roster crowed. The farmer came out of his house and feed the chickens and gathered the eggs. The rooster strutted around the yard and chased some chickens. The sun came up and the rooster crowed. The farmer came out of his house and feed the chickens and gathered the eggs and cut off the roosters head.
Just because the sun comes up we cannot assume the day will be the same. If we repeat the same actions we will usually get the same results but one day we may get our heads chopped off. Repetition and redundancy are not growth. If we want to grow and prosper we must make changes in our day-to-day lives.
Alone is also all one.
Newton’s third law of motion is also a blueprint for how people and things react in real life. To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
“The motivation to explore and create usually is restrained and is wiped out by the forces within the society.”
B.F.Skinner in Walden Two.
Live a good, honorable life. Then, when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
Get outside of your tunnel vision to develop critical insights and focus on the personal and human dimension.
Happiness is an attractive quality. Pessimists, although they may be right sometimes never make money. It is the optimists that take the chances and reap the rewards.
Simply be yourself and don’t compete or compare.
Show your appreciation and be a good friend. Even making or not making a simple phone call can be a significant contribution or distraction from a relationship or friendship. Friendship must be cultivated. If a stranger does a good deed for you, pass it on.
If two people agree all the time then one of them is unnecessary.
Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
When someone makes a gesture toward you in making life easier for you or helping you in some way, pay him or her back. If they invite you for dinner whether or not you have the dinner with them, call them the next day to thank them. Never accept an invitation to dinner and show up empty handed. If you cannot think of an appropriate present, a scented candle or music tape is always appreciated, then you must bring a bottle of wine or flowers. If you go to a party, eat the food, drink the wine, meet new people, next time you go out and invite them for dinner pick up the check and send them a thank you card. Pay back and reciprocate.
The master would also test the alertness of the novices by interjecting nonsense maxims and space them between significant ideas into his teaching to test their awareness and to joke. He would teach that many maxims have a general application and practical use. Then just for fun he threw in some opposites.
Fortune favors the lucky.
Money is its own reward.
There are more things in heaven and earth than any place else.
The more things change the more they stay the same.