Be Water, My Friend

BruceLee

Empty your mind.
Be formless, shapeless; like water.
Now you water into a cup, it becomes the cup;
You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle;
You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot.
Now water can flow
or it can crash.
Be water, my friend.

Bruce Lee was not only one of the world’s greatest martial artist; he was also a philosopher who provided huge value through his wise statements and questions, found mainly in his movies as well as in recorded TV interviews. One of his most famous expressions is the one you just read.

At first glance, it will be incomprehensible. But let’s go one layer deeper. What did Bruce really say with these words? Why is he challenging us to “be water”? By saying “be water”, Bruce Lee did not only say two words. He expressed the fundamentals of life itself. How?

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How to Find Inspiration

How To Find Inspiration - Image - Writer's Block Pencil Chapter OneThe other day a friend asked me how I can come up with so much to write about, and how I find inspiration. I couldn’t come up with an answer straight away, but I’ve been thinking about it for the last few days.

I realized that I don’t try to find inspiration. I don’t actively search for ideas; I let ideas come to me naturally.

What do you mean?

I don’t force an influx of inspiration, because I realized it’s impossible to “find” it. Inspiration has to come to you. My method of finding things to write about is simple: I write down any ideas I get without judging them, and then I just start writing. Then I have a few tricks to keep the ideas flowing. I will explain this more in detail below.

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Motivate Yourself to Get Fit

Shaolin Monk standing on his fingers

There are ideals today. People judge people based on physical appearance. Being skinny as a woman and being muscly as a man seems to be the only thing, along with social status, that determines someone’s worth as a person. Young women in particular are being heavily affected by this, developing eating disorders and depression trying to live up to the ideals.

The aim of this article is to encourage you to get fit, but for entirely different reasons. Getting fit is not about living up to society’s norms and expectations. The real reasons why you should get fit are not destructive, nor are they products of societal standards, but rather products of common sense and science.

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Habit: the Road to Success

“Success”. A word that is often used, but does not really have any clear definition. What is success? It differs from person to person. The most common thought that arises among people when they hear the word “success” is financial wealth. For others, success means having a fit body, or becoming proficient in their sport or hobby. For some, success simply means being happy.

Some people dedicate their lives to reach their goals; to reach success. But for most people, being successful in some way is just a distant dream. “I wish I could be as rich as him. I wish I had a stronger body. I wish I was happier.” These are common things people say. They wish. They dream and aspire. Almost everyone has a desire to become something greater than what they are now, be it in a physical, social or spiritual way. So what is stopping them?

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How to Overcome Negative Thinking

I’m going to start this post with a quote from the author Chuck Palahniuk.

“People don’t want their lives fixed.
Nobody wants their problems solved.
Their dramas.
Their distractions.
Their stories resolved.
Their messes cleaned up.
Because what would they have left?
Just the big scary unknown.”

That’s right. You know those people who constantly cry about their lives, tell stories of their misfortune and whine about the weather, even if the sun’s shining? You probably know at least some people who are like that; always stuck in negative thinking. Maybe you are like that yourself!

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10 Reasons Why You Should Drink Green Tea

If you drink green tea you will instantly become an elder master Shaolin monk.
Or not. Becoming a Shaolin monk requires a bit more than drinking green tea. However, the health benefits of green tea are overwhelming nonetheless, as you soon will learn. Many studies have been made throughout the years on the effects of green tea, and the results have shown to be almost exclusively positive.

Why is green tea so powerful? The leaves on which the tea is brewed contain high concentrations of substances which are sometimes hard to find in the everyday food. Some of these substances are categorized into a group called antioxidants. Antioxidants neutralize excess free radicals; chemical substances naturally produced by the body, but harmful to it if produced in too great quantity.

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