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  • Matthew shared from Perfect Health Diet: Regain Health and Lose Weight by Eating the Way You Were Meant to Eat by Paul Jaminet, Shou-Ching Jaminet
    Evolution neglected to build a liking and wanting for activity into the reward system of the human brain. Many people are quite content to live completely sedentary lives. Forty-three percent of Americans and 31 percent of people worldwide do no exercise and walk less than twenty minutes per day.68 Daily physical activity is crucial to our health, and if there had been any opportunity to evade it in the Paleolithic, a desire for activity would have been built into our brains. That we lack an innate desire to exercise us tells us that Paleolithic activity levels were probably higher than is necessary...
    Note: Only a small amount of exercise is necessary for human health. How so?
  • Matthew shared from Perfect Health Diet: Regain Health and Lose Weight by Eating the Way You Were Meant to Eat by Paul Jaminet, Shou-Ching Jaminet
    Evolution neglected to build a liking and wanting for activity into the reward system of the human brain. Many people are quite content to live completely sedentary lives. Forty-three percent of Americans and 31 percent of people worldwide do no exercise and walk less than twenty minutes per day.68
    Note: Only a small amount of exercise is necessary for human health. How so?
  • Matthew shared from Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
    In order not to leave any traces, when you do something, you should do it with your whole body and mind; you should be concentrated on what you do. You should do it completely, like a good bonfire. You should not be a smoky fire. You should burn yourself completely. If you do not burn yourself completely, a trace of yourself will be left in what you do. You will have something remaining which is not completely burned out. Zen activity is activity which is completely burned out, with nothing remaining but ashes. This is the goal of our practice.
    Note: On Doing
  • Matthew shared from Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
    To think, “Because it is possible we will do it,” is not Buddhism. Even though it is impossible, we have to do it because our true nature wants us to.
    Note: Impossible.
  • Matthew shared from Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
    But for Zen students a weed, which for most people is worthless, is a treasure. With this attitude, whatever you do, life becomes an art.
    Note: Weeds.
  • Matthew shared from Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
    He said, “They just came through me, it wasn’t like I was having to compose them. That doesn’t happen anymore, I just can’t write them that way anymore.” Then he paused and said to me with his raspy voice and little smile, “But I still can sing them.”
    Note: My favorite passage in the book. Bob Dylan on songwriting.
  • Matthew shared from Talks With Great Composers by Arthur Abell
    without craftsmanship, inspiration is a ‘mere reed shaken in the wind’ or ‘sounding brass or tinkling cymbals’.
    Note: Brahms on inspiration.
  • Matthew shared from Talks With Great Composers by Arthur Abell
    No atheist has ever been or ever will be a great composer.”
    Note: Brahms on composing.
  • Matthew shared from Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
    He was up most days at 4:30 sending emails, then spent an hour at the gym, and was at his desk shortly after 6. He scheduled Sunday evening conference calls to prepare for each week ahead.
    Note: Tim Cooks impressive routine.
  • Matthew shared from Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
    In order not to leave any traces, when you do something, you should do it with your whole body and mind; you should be concentrated on what you do. You should do it completely, like a good bonfire. You should not be a smoky fire. You should burn yourself completely. If you do not burn yourself completely, a trace of yourself will be left in what you do. You will have something remaining which is not completely burned out. Zen activity is activity which is completely burned out, with nothing remaining but ashes. This is the goal of our practice.
    Note: On Doing