Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Mentally Prepare Yourself for Winter 2014-15

Last winter, Chicago had basically an arctic winter. We had several days when the temperature was around -15 degrees Fahrenheit and -30 degrees with wind chill.

Overall, Chicago had a colder winter than did Anchorage, Alaska; Stockholm, Sweden; and Reykjavik, Iceland.

However, I dealt with it pretty well by following the principles in my post, “How to Thrive during Long, Harsh Winters.”

If I can thrive during an arctic winter, then you can too.

Break through any mental barriers that you impose on yourself.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Zen Quotations: Part III

More Zen quotations:

“To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” -- Chuang-tzu

“[It is wonderful] how completely everything in wild nature fits into us, as if truly part and parent of us. The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us, thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing.” -- John Muir

“The infinite is in the finite of every instant.” -- Zen proverb

“Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.” -- Zen proverb


“If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?” -- Dogen

“Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water. The moon does not get wet, nor is the water broken. Although its light is wide and great, the moon is reflected even in a puddle an inch wide. The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in dewdrops on the grass, or even in one drop of water. Enlightenment does not divide you, just as the moon does not break the water. You cannot hinder enlightenment, just as a drop of water does not hinder the moon in the sky. The depth of the drop is the height of the moon. Each reflection, however long or short its duration, manifests the vastness of the dewdrop, and realizes the limitlessness of the moonlight in the sky.” -- Dogen

“Life and death are of supreme importance. Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost. Each of us should strive to awaken. Awaken! Take heed. Do not squander your life.” -- Dogen


"A human being is a part of the whole, called by us, "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest--a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.

“This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

“Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security."

-- Albert Einstein

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Novice Bodyweight Training Plan

I am now selling the NO-MIND FITNESS Novice Bodyweight Training Plan.

I have designed this training plan for total fitness novices: those who cannot do any (or many) regular push-ups, pull-ups, or air squats.

If you can already do many regular push-ups, pull-ups, and air squats with good form and if you want a challenge, then please see the NO-MIND FITNESS Bodyweight Training Plan.

This novice training plan lasts 10 weeks and consists of bodyweight exercises and running.

The training plan is systematic and progressive and consists of two phases, each of which lasts five weeks.

For this training program, you will need the following equipment:

1. A pull-up bar
2. A full set of resistance tubes (RTs). I recommend ProSource or Spri RTs.
3. A stability ball (SB)
4. A wall with free space
5. A chair or bench
6. A sportswatch or timer

The training program includes notes and pictures on (almost) all resistance exercises.

Price: $50

The e-book comes with a 30-day refund policy. If you’re not satisfied with the e-book, please email me and I will issue you a refund.

Once you purchase the e-book, I will email you the .pdf file and password within 24-36 hours.