Sticky Notes of Thoughts

…because some thoughts are worth remembering

Zen and Buckminster Fuller

One of the quotes I used for my signature file was “I am not a thing—a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process—an integral function of the … Continue reading

October 24, 2016 · 1 Comment

On Snapping Out

There is wisdom in snapping out of a negative narrative we continue to develop about something that happened, a hostile conversation that’s lost its purpose, mindless eating where consuming food … Continue reading

October 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

On Common Problems in a Discipline, a Chekhov’s Gun, and “The Two Things”

I remember being so impressed when a conductor friend of mine (the musical, not the vehicular variety) could tell which parts of a concert I had issues with when he … Continue reading

July 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

On Contradictory Solutions

Here’s a Buddhist saying to remember at the beginning of an action-packed week (that makes you go, “huh?”): “The fastest way from point A to point B is to be … Continue reading

July 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

On Articulating Habits: techniques for meditation

“It is a profoundly erroneous truism, repeated by all copy-books and by eminent people when they are making speeches, that we should cultivate the habit of thinking of what we … Continue reading

July 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

On Coping with Loss

  When I was young, I watched my mother prepare my father to attend funerals of his senpai (先輩), a Japanese term used to refer to someone more senior than … Continue reading

March 21, 2016 · 1 Comment

On Succinct Expressions & Maxims: Chengyu and Yojijyukugo

When I first came to the U.S., I summed up my impression of it in one word: big. The McDonald’s “small” size soda was bigger than the ones in Japan … Continue reading

January 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

On Opposite of Suffering

As 2015 comes to a close, I’m posting a simple sentence I scribbled on a sticky note. Many of my posts are syntheses of several sticky notes or exploration of an … Continue reading

December 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

On Differences that Matter (Part I): Empathy and Compassion

In a language, there are multiple words that mean similar things differentiated only by subtle nuance or usage. They might even mean the same things, with the only difference being … Continue reading

December 24, 2015 · 3 Comments

On Taking a Moment

Being mindful to me meant taking a moment to reflect before acting. That moment can be very short if I have knowledge and experience relevant to that particular situation where … Continue reading

December 15, 2015 · Leave a comment
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