• Rules

    Running from first principles

    In one of my first notes I said I wanted to live by first principles. Now I try to apply this to running. If you reduce running to its bare essence, it is a repeated throw of an object (yourself). Every step you eject your body forward and land somewhat further along your path. The step cycle (from one leg)…

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    Running rules

    My current sport is running. It helps me to have some running rules, because otherwise it turns into something that is not good for me both physically and mentally. Run for fun Running should be fun before anything else. Of it ceases to be fun, stop it. That’s why I am a nice weather runner. Running in the sun is…

  • Quotes

    Adjustment

    It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

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    Love reality

    I was reading Byron Katie’s book on Tao and I was amazed by her extreme realism. She loves reality, even if it is cancer. She embraces it anyway. This non-resistance for me is an ideal to strive for. Dentist I got proof that this approach works from going to the dentist. When in my mind I agreed that it would…

  • Questions

    Should I compete?

    Competition is everywhere. As soon as we measure performance, we compare and compete with others. There is a winner and the rest looses. I tend to see more and more competition these days, fueled by our liberal capitalist  life style. Every area is treated as an open market where the best may win. Should I compete or is there another…

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    Embrace my mistakes

    I was reading a book on music improvisation. It said that there are no wrong notes. There is only your expectation and disqualification of a note. The author advised to accept the existence of the wretched note, and even replaying it en trying to incorporate it in you music. This, I think, is an excellent advice in life too. The…

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    Don’t follow the money

    Sometimes I am surprised by the obsession of our current society with money. Economy is everywhere and business men rule the world. I try to scale down money as a motive in my live. Let me explain why. Money isn’t everything I used to say that measurement is knowledge. And money is an excellent scale to measure all kinds of…

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    How did I do?

    The longer I  walk around in this world, the more I become convinced that good self-assessment is a valuable skill. Knowing my strengths and weaknesses helps me in taking the best course in life. Above all, it is necessary for a person to have a true self-estimate, for we commonly think we can do more than we really can. –…

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    Why do I like that?

    I am constantly judging people, things, situations, myself. This inner valuation mainly stays unconscious, and even is involuntary.  A cannot stop hating the smell of sweaty feet. Why is that? How do human preferences develop and are they changable after they are formed? Preference development When Googling preference development, I encountered an article on developing taste in infants. It appears…

  • Quotes

    Desire

    Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. – Epicurus