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With my mind on my money and my money on my mind. ……Snoop Dog I don’t want to get all new age-y on you, but in a lot of ways money is energy.   You, or in the case of stocks etc, or somebody else did something for that money.  You could honor that energy or […]

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All I need to know is how much is enough.   —James Heisig’s translation of  saying on a small stone basin at Ryonji,  a Zen temple Buddhist poet Saigyo tried to live “one inch above the ground.”  . . .not with one’s feet planted firmly in the everyday, not walking on the clouds, but floating a […]

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In my last post I discussed the happiness decision, or the power to make a decision to turn your mind towards positive things even when you don’t feel happy.  Lately, I’ve also been pondering the question of how do you confront the darkness without becoming dark.  I was thinking specifically of two people I really […]

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Be absolutely determined to enjoy what you do.  –Ben Hogan You don’t have to “feel”happy to put your mind in happy places. Focusing on happiness is a decision. It’s possible that happiness is a habit of turning your mind to positive places.  There is also a key role for tears.  Sometimes you need to wring […]

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Okay, well far as love goes, you should try to be human , respect and work things out, and let them down easy but as far as books go, love ‘em or leave ‘em.   Here are some other important differences between love and reading: Having multiple ‘partners’ is healthy in reading.    You can read several books and […]

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Here’s a quick little Samurai success formula to take on whatever you want to do or  know more about in life: Push.  Find little windows where you can push yourself to learn a little more and push.   Write down a new word, concept, do push ups until you are tired. Relax.  Congratulations on pushing yourself.   […]

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“Chase two rabbits and lose them both” (nito otte itto mo ezu). This Japanese proverb is a graphic picture of the mind which is divided in its purpose, and therefore loses that which it would gain . . . In the martial arts, the hesitant abiding mind is considered to be the most vulnerable to […]

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“Every day I count wasted in which there has been no dancing.”–Friedrich ‘Shake What Your Momma  Gave You’  Nietzsche I’m staying with my wife and my daughters in a a little town called Yui.  It’s famous for it’s Sakura ebi shrimp and the fact that it is shown on NHK television when the waves from […]

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Preparing for Take-off The house-sitter is secured.  Passport is in order and samurai is ready to go to Japan.  My bags are not yet packed but somehow I’ve found a few minutes to read my trashy self-help book, 毎朝1分で人生は変わる:One Minute, One Action in the Morning will Change Your Whole Life.  Challenge #7 tells the reader […]

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Summer is finally here and I am following the read ‘em or leave ‘em strategy for finishing books.  If I am no longer interested in a book (especially those in Japanese), I am leaving them in the dust even if I paid bookoo dollars for them.   I am inspired by AJATT’s column on “Reading and […]

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