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I've learned a lot about many topic such as how to organize my life, self-control, self-discipline, self-confident, etc. After living with less in seclusion and studying Buddhism for more than two weeks I've come to understand and accept my flaws as a person in order to improve on them. Living in nature has also taught me that we don't need a lot of objects to survive neither do we need to eat 3 meals a day but rather just one meal in the morning is sufficient. I've already decided to quit dinner. Live with less, worry less, life becomes easier.

There is a full cup, half cup, empty cup, an empty cup with a hole. I was a full cup; so full of my own idea that when new knowledge is poured in it would just spill out. I needed to empty my cup in order to accept new ideas. Before, I was someone who is completely against the idea of religion, having an Ego; not acknowledging or listening to the idea of religion but I've come to understand that Buddhism as a religion teaches people not to depend on God or some deity but rather to depend on themselves. It's about cause and effect; there's a reason behind everything very similar to modern science. It teaches us to focus on ourselves, to look into ourselves; today society we pay attention to the world outside but not enough of ourselves. For example, when somebody badmouths you, you shouldn't think about it, don't let it negatively affect you, other people can think or say whatever they want that's their problem don't turn it into "your" problem.

I've also come to realize the importance of having big goals in life, plan, schedule, and time management. Aim big, not small so that you may achieve higher. It like if you're wandering lost in a forest, with a goal you know your destination; and having a plan is like having a map, and compass to lead you toward that destination. Without them, you would be wandering lost forever in hope of eventually stumbling upon something.

Now I am aiming to quit bad habits such as sleeping late, laziness, and procrastination; and start some new good habits of eating healthier and exercising in order to improve my motivation to work. I could go on and on but it would take forever to write so I'll end it here.

I'll leave a link to a youtube channel that I found very informative about health, food, and lifestyle that's beneficial and detrimental to us: The channel is named, "What I've Learned"

www.youtube.com/channel/UCqYPh…
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ZED-EYE's avatar
Wasn't Buddhism originally a philosophy to live by that was, more recently, subverted into a religious form?

I've found that my ego helps to anchor my soul in the moment.  That's how important it is to me

What is a 'flaw' but someone's opinion.

Yes, you can only be insulted if you allow yourself to be.

A habit is a habit.  To define it as right or wrong, good or bad is to judge it (yourself) and not see the big picture.

Yikes!!  I checked that link you provided and already the first video recommends eating salt (sounds like a disinformation site)!  That's very unwise in my opinion... from what I have learned.  There is a huge difference between inorganic salt and organic salt.  One will age you and kill you before your time.  The other will keep you alive, healthy, and young.  I could provide links... but you know what they say, 'seek and ye shall find'. 
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PATVITProfessional Digital Artist
Sorry for the really late reply.

Buddhism has been a religion for a long time now, it followed the teaching of one man from India who teaches the philosophy to live by like you said. Kinda like the 7 deadly in Christianity, there are 5 sin people shouldn't commit in Buddhism teaching. Over here in Thailand, it has been the country main religion for a long time.

Having an Ego is important but a high ego would be bad kinda similar to that old discussion we had about overconfident or something. It's all about the right balance I guess?

You're right about the flaws thing, and as for good or bad habit, I determine it by whether if it's detrimental or beneficial to me. Just like you said judging it myself.

Our bodies do need salt, I don't know if I watched the video you mentioned yet, but I think he is just asking if you're getting the right intake that your body needs. I don't even remember if he mentioned about organic or inorganic salt, but his other videos did explain a lot to me like how sugar is bad and how sleep is important for example. He does support his information with research analysis sources, so based on my own judgment I found it to be quite trustworthy. Of course these days I sometime don't even know who or what to trust anymore.
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Right oh no problemo. :D

As for the salt thing... you could experiment.  If you're curious, you could try cutting it out and see how it affects you.  Nothing stopping you from experimenting with your own body. :lol:

I've found salt terribly addictive (regular 'rock' salt) and hard to kick (they say as bad as cocaine?!).  But, other than some store-bought vegan mayo, I really have no added salt in my diet any more.  Been doing so for about a year now?...  Not dead yet. :D  Salt exists in its organic form in fruits/veggies/nuts etc.  Yes, you need it.

Yeah, sugar is super bad (one molecule away from being arsenic?!)  I have almost none of that any more and instead use molasses/syrup.

Yes, I think a good amount of regular sleep is vitally important, too. :thumbsup:

What to trust these days??  Hahaha nothing and no one.  For myself, I do my best to research everything I'm interested in from multiple sources and from 'both sides'.  Mostly, I have learned to avoid 'mainstream' ('official', 'authoritative', 'scientific') information -- having been presented with a skewed version of things time and time again (for questionable agenda)... and be leery of anyone who stands to make a buck from the information.
Veni-Mortem's avatar
This is beautiful. I'm so glad to see that your time away has really shown you a lot. Buddhism has so many wonderful teachings. To accept knowledge, understand it, but instead of holding it, let it pass through you. I feel that's a really great way to live. And self discipline is such a huge benefit when it comes to creativity and motivation. I'm really happy for you!

Oh, and hello! I started watching you while you were away. Your artwork is really special!
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PATVITProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you! My time away was a real life-changing experience. Learning about it through reading is not enough, I had to actually experience it for myself to really change my lifestyle for the better. Now I just have to form it into good habits and avoid going back to old bad habits.

Also, thank you for the watch, and might I ask why you think my artwork is special? Just curious.
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When I saw your work it just really stood out to me. I really love your particular way of mixing realism with a bit of an animated art style, and your work with shadows is really impressive. That, and your character designs themselves have great composition.
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sa-wooHobbyist Digital Artist
glad to see you again! 
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PATVITProfessional Digital Artist
Glad to be back!
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