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In the Tao, there is no such thing as a "good" life or a "bad" life. But there is the notion that we waste a whole bunch of our energy doing things - things which don't really matter, which aren't needed, which get in the way of what will happen anyway.

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To add extra suffering to ourselves, on top of the natural suffering we endure, just seems like the work of a crazy person!

And yet, we are looked at strangely when we suggest it's ok to do less.

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The fetishism for MORE is, I think, a modern curse. We live in fear of being left behind and outcompeted, and in fear of being shouted at for delivering less than 100%. "MORE" is inherently linked up with "correct".

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To do less is to stop competing. We equate it with giving up, with failure. 90% is "good". 50% is "meh". 0% is "outcast".

And yet, when we are doing and achieving nothing, we have all the potential in the world ahead of us. To stop competing is to start listening.

Death and Impermanence 

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Good enough Buddhist 

I See Planets 

@scribe Caught the Teapot Monk on his website--his tai chi form is beautiful, very fluid. Yang style, I assume. I had one round of classes in Chen style, and got sick of the machismo attitude and the competitive 'martial arts' vibe. I would like to learn his style. I love the fluid approach.

@carl Hi Carl. I hope you can find people to connect with here. We're all different, but we seem to get along pretty well.

@scribe no I haven’t come across the Teapot Monk. I also practice Tai Chi, so that’s interesting.

Thanissaro on Self, Not Self 

The Outer-Inner Journey 

The Outer-Inner Journey 

The Outer-Inner Journey 

@reto @tim I agree that we should learn to feel more comfortable with solitude. But people need people: it’s biologically wired into us as a social species. ‘Mastodon’ is a perfect example of that need for others. But it’s always a mixed bag. You might connect with people who are supportive, but you’ll have to put up with a bunch of shit in the process.

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Naked Buddhism 

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