[Teacher and Student], Build Your Brain

In this dialogue, neuroplasticity and behavior is discussed with those learning to live and love.  They explore the responsibility we have to receive fruitful outcomes or growing problems.

Teacher:  There is no good behavior there is only behavior. 

Student:  What does that mean.

T:  Everything you learn, good or bad will change your brain.  The best habits for you may not work on your friend.  The best habits for you today, may not work for you tomorrow.

S:  Does that mean that I may be a good learner today and a bad one tomorrow?

T:  Essentially, yes.  If you do harm, like consume drugs every day.  You may create a bad habit.  If you do good, like learn your work.  You may create a good habit.

S:  Will meditation and exercise and healthy eating and good routine help my overall ability to have better results.

T:  Yes.  And so will a supportive community and connections with people in your life.

S:  Is not this a recipe for Success and failure?

T:  In a way,  we still need to study and learn what is best for ourselves on the day to day basis.  There is no magic about it.  You still need to do the work.

Live, love, learn

What broadband thing do you love, or live or learn?

What is your best belief?

I believe in improving or growing through experience.

If I can learn how to learn, to live, to love…

At my core, I am very thirsty about these three treasures.

I practice by learning something that will improve my ability to live, love and learn.

I strive to stay curious, thirsty and connected to growing in these areas of life.

[Pythagorus, Student], What It Means To Lead The Inner Life In A Community

In this dialogue, the father of philosophy, tells his student how to live.  He explores the love of wisdom, love of community and the love of people.  He explains why he left no record or had no answers and made no false promises.  He explains that he does not want to be an enigma but a true student of life and a true collaborator.  

Pythagorus:  What do you want and how can you get it?

Student:  I want to be a philosopher and a great student who lives the simple life and helps with the community to build a better world.

P:  This is good.  But to be a philosopher you must learn to learn.  To learn the simple life, you must have a thirst to know and believe.  To build a better world, you must build a better you!

S:  How can I do all this?

P:  Just live, love and learn.

S:  I believe we are the first to live the inner-life so openly in our community.  We prosper as a group because we build from the inside out.

P:  This is true.  And our word of mouth and brotherhood and sisterhood will grow around the world. I am not going to leave a legacy, I will leave an idea.  Many will believe it is my math because in time, all will see the fruit of this great work.  But it is less obvious what a life well lived will do for the world.   

S:  I thirst to love, learn and live.

P:  We are indeed fortunate that we eat the fruit that will build a heaven within each of us.

The Writer’s Way

Here is a top ten, daily schedule for most writers.

1. Write, write and write some more !  But the practice is not the goal.  Learning to find better ways to write is!
2. Reading is a kind of research for an expert or novice.  We learn how to be better at something by finding good product.  Find your love or idols and copy from them.  Steal the stuff from many rather than one.  Like it is said in the Artist’s Way, stealing from one is plagerism, but from many is more original.  We copy and build on what we like.  We actually use it in different ways. This list is similar to many but it focuses in on what I am or love.

3.  Journal:  there are many things that catch the eye, or somethings just come and this is good to discuss with others.  But the journal is like all of this plus a record and a piece of the writer’s routine.

4. Set up an environment:  writing times everyday like 6-7 every morning and 6-7 every night.  Keep a home office, use devices like an eReader, writers mobile table for hand writing anywhere, books and bookshelves and everything else.

5. Meditate. 30 minutes first thing in the morning and last thing a night.

6.  Rest, schedule coffee breaks and just goof off from time to time…

7.  Sleep a good 7 hours each night and set up a routine or ritual to encourage a healthy practice.

8:  Exercise:  have a good workout routine to aspire to and practice a good walk and keep mobile and active.

9.  Practice good habits to replace the bad with the end in mind:  eliminate the bad ones.  Don’t be a saint but learn to become healthier each day.

10. Be ambitious and keep your day job until you can afford to be a writer. Find ways to be the student and teacher and write each day.

[Teacher Monkey, Student Monkey ], Your Inner Baby Monkey

In this dialogue, the teacher-student relationship is taken to the next level.  Here the teacher discusses mindfulness and connecting with others.

Student:  I meditate every morning before breakfast for half an hour and when I am ambitious, half an hour in the evening, but I just can’t focus.

Teacher:  Do you like to do chores?  Of course you don’t and neither do I, but I value the outcomes through experience, strength and hope.

S:  I love to ape other apes, but it gets a little boring when the outcomes take so long to aquire.

T:  The outcomes are immediate.  You are doing a life long habit which will bare fruit for your entire life.  And you will use your mantrum to aquire proficiency with meditation.

S:  I have experienced outcomes using my mantrum, but I never realized it was a watered down version of my daily meditation.

T:  This is your Inner baby Monkey brain that tells you such obvious misinterpretations.  But you have supplied me with good reason to help guide you along this razor’s edge.

S:  What is my Inner Baby Monkey?

T:  Just sit and watch any baby monkey to see.  And then report back to me.

The student sees a baby monkey acting in various normal ways and realizes that he too behaves like this at times.  He also feels like it is good to remember a part of himself that helps him understand and accept himself as a whole monkey.

T:  Well, what have you learnt about the Inner Baby Monkey?

S:  Do, I really act so circular with my action, thoughts, beliefs?  Yes, and thanks to you, I have been allowed to aquire a better path of experience, strength and hope.  The baby monkey is still inside of me.  I just did not recognize myself.  I need to parent it when it needs me.  And I need to learn more about myself in this regard.

T:  It is wonderful to have a student who teaches himself and needs me to guide him.

The Mushroom

Death of organic waste is their job.

The cap is what we see.

But the roots have an important relationship with almost all the plants.

Today, technology is allowing us to use them to create practical products over the next 100 years.

Even chemical pollution can be cleaned up.

We are learning to use mushrooms to correct our mistakes on the earth.

We can use mushrooms to clean up toxic waste.

Check out the documentary called “The Magic of Mushrooms” on YouTube.

Will mushrooms kill?

It depends who consumes them.

What kills a human may be completely eatable to a snail.

The world needs mushrooms and so do I.

New medical applications are finding cures for cancer.

 

To Write

Be a writer.

Find a way to motivate yourself in ways that keep you in a peak state each day.

Create a reason, the rituals, to be alive.

Journal, do poetry, read, listen and learn , be passionate about love whenever you can be.

 

I will write an authentic eBook for amazon in a month.

It will be about how to become motivated to be a writer.

My vision is to create practical entertaining products using the process I have practiced as a writer.

Of course I want the book to sell and make money and I will review the reasons and progress I make each day until it is done.

I have reasons that allow me to resolve to be a writer.

I need to see it everyday because I am so close and I have worked so hard and because I truly love doing this job.

Why do you want to be a writer?

[Pro, Amateur], Tennis

In this dialogue, two tennis players talk about their game.  She won.  And he lost.  He is the winner of the top athletic award in his high school.  She is an Olympic qualifying athlete.  She may be a little older and more mature, but they learn a lot from each other playing the game.

Pro:  You rocked when you made those two-handed backhands.  Jim.  Jim.

Amateur:  It was great that you asked me if I wanted to play a game.

P:  Ya, well, you might want to work on your 1st serve.  And I’d like to play again but I’m going to summer camp tomorrow.  But, I meant it when I said you have a good return serve.

A:  Why do you want to play against a younger man?

P:  Because I am struggling to develop upper body strength, stamina, and aggressive play.  You can challenge me in all these areas of my game.  Why do you want to play me?

A:  Really, I mean, I was here playing and you asked me.

P:  Really.  Well, if that’s your answer.

A:  Okay, you are hot and I just wanted to have an excuse to see you.

P:  Good answer.  And I am hot.  But, I am going to tennis camp tomorrow.  So I really need to go.  Nice game.

A: Thanks

[Publisher and Artist], Creative Thinking

In this dialogue, a comical account of a publisher and a writer who are consummating a contract for a new book.

Publisher:  I’ve read your manuscript.  I found it rather creative. But what brought you to our publishing house?

Artist:  I believe your vision and mine are in agreement.  I think my goal is to communicate through art using science to help the public learn to think and dream in new ways.

P:  You don’t seem like a foolish man.  Therefore, I must assume you are ambitious.  Can you summarize your book.

A:  I am nothing if I am not succinct.  My book is my baby.  I am trusting it with you.  She talks about the creative thinking as a science to a school of students.  Many are different types of artists.  Some are scientists.  They are all using creative thinking to produce a practical product.  Much the same way I made this book.  Please, publish it.

P:  You are holding my captive.  Please continue.

A:  Creative thinking is really a science.  In books like the Artists’ Way, she talks about cluster diagrams to build new ideas.  I sometimes use this method when I write from an outline or get stuck doing a first draft.  My baby used this as an example to her students in a hardy method to use when creating a product and using creative thinking.

P:  Where did you do your research on creative thinking, besides the Artists’ Way.  I assume you have read the book.

A:  Yes, and Creative Thinking by J.G. Bennet.  Who was a scientist with cultish bent for activities about creative thinking.

P:  Can you polish up this rewrite I made of your first chapter and have it back in a week?

A:  Surely.

P:  Here is a standard contract for your book.  Read it.  Sign it.  Hand it in with the rewrite.

A:  Absolutely.

P:  Here is an advance cheque for $1000.00.  I hope it quenches your thirst for all that ambition you hold.

A:  Thank you.

P:  You are very welcome.

[Thoreau, Slave], A Walk In The Woods

In this dialogue, America’s beloved philosopher is walking in Walden Woods.  He happens upon a slave and he strikes up a conversation.

Henry David Thoreau:  Hello in the woods.

Slave:  Yes, what do you want?

HDT:  I want you to join me for lunch.  I saw you there at the last second and I wanted to announce myself.

S:  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

HDT:  You could thank me by eating my great creation which some say passes for a veggie sandwich.

S:  I eat your food, but I have no money and I have nothing to wash it down with.

HDT:  Please, I have hot tea.  And why don’t you join me on the feast on this log.

S:  Thank you.  I am so hungry.  Excuse my manner’s.

HDT:  I do, if you excuse mine.  I have been walking since sun up and it is going on noon.

S:  Please, tell me, about yourself and I am a stranger in these woods.

HDT:  I am living in a cabin by the pond.  It is about 1 mile walk North East of here.  But I have been living here for almost a year.  I visit in town, but I am lonely today.  And I am grateful for your company.  Will you not stay for lunch or some nuts and another cup of tea or water?

S:  I have never been to these woods before.  I am trying to go north.  But I am down on my luck.  So I travel light and hope to get to Canada before the snow falls.  And yes, I’ll have some tea and nuts.  I would be happy to talk and visit with you for lunch.

HDT:  I am only a slave.  I must eat well or not at all.  I am afraid I am not a master of my appetite.

S:  I do not eat at all.  Or I should say, I eat when I can.  But I have not eaten for days.  But when I walked past the pond, I stopped to drink water.  I hope I did well.  There was no one there to contest my actions.

HDT:  You did well in my eyes.  But I tend to look too much with my eyes.  I try to shut them as often as I can.  I am a slave to my eyes.

S:  I must not be in a hurry to use my eyes.  I find too many people who hurt me when I use my eyes.

HDT:  Really, I tend to hurt myself by using my eyes too much.  And I always seem to be in a hurry.

S:  I have all the time in the world.  But I am tortured by a lack of freedom.

HDT:  Exactly, I too have a lack of freedom.

S:  I get up early each morning to walk north.  I look for food and water everyday.  I am afraid someone will question me.  And then, I may get into trouble.

HDT:  I too get in to trouble.  But it is I who ask too many questions.  And it is my mind that judges me too harshly.

S:  You seem more like a man who has much to say and do.  You seem very free to me.

HDT:  You seem like a good man.  I only wish to be the same:  a good man.

S:  Thank you for lunch.  I must be off.

HDT:  If I can help in any way, please ask.

S:No, sorry, I must be on my way.

HDT:  Here, take this pack and look in it often.  You will find food and water.  And other things to use.  If you ever happen by here again, visit me at the cabin.

S:  No.

HDT:Yes, gods speed my man.