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Does anyone here practice Taoism?

Recently I've read up a few things about it and found it very appealing. In addition to that I've watched a few youtube videos from the dude who lived in the mountains with a Dao master and how it affected his personality.

I find the philosophical concepts very good. The "mindfulness" thing helped me to overcome social anxiety partially. Also the entire talk about nature made me want to go outside more, which was a completely foreign concept to me a year ago.

Here's some of the teachings (paraphrased by me) which I found cool and really useful:
>eat until you're 80% full
I thought that it sounded like some dumb diet for single moms, but it really makes you feel better in the long run. I didn't notice much change a few weeks in, but after a few months I found out that I no longer feel heavy in the stomach after eating, don't feel sleepy and have my sugar levels much more stable.
>focus on being "right now"
This is the "mindfulness" thing. When you feel anxious or something like that, switch all of your attention to the "current" moment. Focus on the fact that you live right here and right now, not in the past or in the future. You're a human being who functions and interacts with the environment right here and now.
>appreciate being a part of the nature's natural way
Everything around you naturally flows and lives on its own - the insects, the animals, the plants, other people, etc. You're part of this flow. Act in the most natural way in order to preserve the flow. Appreciate the ecosystem you're a part of.
>for every "yin" there will always be "yang"
The famous "yin yang" thing is part of the daoism philosophy. Put short, there's no yang ("light") without yin ("darkness"). Without bad, there's no good. If you only want good, you'll eventually have to pay the price for it. If something bad happens to you, it means that good will follow.
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I quite like daoism, but have turned away from it as a higher guiding principle for reasons pointed to by these quotes and much of the writing by Eliezer Yudkowsky.

"Many great and wise Air Nomads have detached themselves and achieved spiritual enlightenment. But the Avatar can *never* do it. Because your sole duty is to the world. Here is my wisdom to you: selfless duty calls you to sacrifice your spiritual needs and do whatever it takes to protect the world."

"Dolphins can live in balance with nature, but in doing so they can never reach the stars and survive the death of our sun"

One think I think helped me with my emotional state more than thinking of yin and yang was a philosophy I gained from learning about weightlifting and growing plants. The focus on gains.

In each day you check on the plants. If they are too dry you water them, and otherwise you do nothing. You can't water them extra to make them grow faster, that kills them. You need to maintain conditions that cause growth, and then you keep growing. Not a focus on refining a balance, just keeping things balanced enough, enough of the time that growth continues.

I find this way of thinking both adds responsibility to, and relaxes the focus on the current moment. What's good in the moment was built in the past, and your responsibility in the moment is to maintain growth into the future.

I do need to lampshade how much this crosses with the capitalist ideas of growth through consumption. Ideas found in economics can be reasonable, but a lot of the time seem to sacrifice long term growth (or survival) for short term growth.


I was told that I need to start exercising to help my depression. Growing plants is a new one though. I might have to just give that a try whenever I can.


I remember reading about it when I was in a bad place in early 2017. Chapter 80 of the toa te ching really resonates with me. The idea that there are things that can be done, places to be, adventures to have but to simply be content with what is directly around oneself. It's really shaped my worldview.


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I like how simple this philosophy is, the text is absolutely sublime. It is also universal and multi-faceted, and also complex in its own way. Anyone can truly have access to the bountiful truth of the Tao, and this book makes it available to us.

Tao Te Ching is a masterpiece of human literature and history. A beautiful gem from the eastern religions.


I've known about Taoism because I live in Asia, but have never looked at it deeper outside of the yin-yang principle. This thread gives me some motivation to go look at it and see what my thoughts are.
Thank you.

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Corona-chan seems to have affected us all at this point. For the first time in a century or more, life is just grinding to a halt; but of course, the modern era is unlike any other, and the shift that occurred in our usually hyperactive (sub)urban lives is quite possibly unique in the history of humanity.
Confinement is a very peculiar experience. Some dread the loss of social contact, while others might even go as far and call the situation comfy. We should not forget those that are currently in a very stressful situation due to this crisis, but it may be worthwhile to think about it for a bit.

How has this affected your daily life? How are you adapting (or coping, depending on how you feel about it)?
Are you picking up any new hobbies, or doubling down on existing ones?
What are you thinking about?
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>How has this affected your daily life? How are you adapting (or coping, depending on how you feel about it)?
Some what affected. Half my classes were online so I don't notice to big a change. Main change is how all my irl teachers made the online work easier. I've adopted easily because my life was just being on the computer though the lack of class structure means I do work erratically, which has been stressing me out.
>Are you picking up any new hobbies, or doubling down on existing ones?
Doubling down. I'm practicing art a lot now that I can draw while listening to professors. Since my classes are easier I can rush through them in grind. Sometimes I do my work ahead of time so I can have a full day for art. If I keep improving I might be able to make my webcomic by summer.
I was going to try to study some mechanical engineering pdfs I pirated, Currently in CC and want a BA in M.E, but I'm paranoid I wont get in a M.E college and all my studying will be a waste.
>What are you thinking about?
How corona has really started messing with my professors. One didn't live stream cause they had a headache another snapped and set up 50 rules for the livestream so her students don't go crazy. I'm lucky I didn't get stuck with the teacher on their last nerve and the one so old they asked how to take a "computer picture"


n. the desire to be struck by disaster—to survive a plane crash, to lose everything in a fire, to plunge over a waterfall—which would put a kink in the smooth arc of your life, and forge it into something hardened and flexible and sharp, not just a stiff prefabricated beam that barely covers the gap between one end of your life and the other.


I was meant to have exams. Now that the teachers and boards have to work together to come out with grades I don't know whether to be relieved or not as I have been making significant improvements lately which aren't reflected in mock exams.

I've been taking the opportunity to catch up on stuff that I haven't done because I've been so stressed about the exams that are no longer happening: reading books, learning new skills, writing an album…


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I usually get a wake-up call around every 3 months – about the direction my life is taking, my lack of passion in what I'm studying, and all those promises of hard work and effort I'd made to myself when I was younger. For some reasons, those thoughts came back today, and I felt myself envying those whose lives were affected by trauma so strongly they had no other way out but to bounce back, because mine is hopelessly mundane and uneventful. Seeing this post resonated with me very strongly at the most opportune time. I wonder if this is fate.


I haven't gone outside for… 3 months? Before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, I was in a semester break for 7 weeks, and just 2 days before the first day of the semester, they announced break extension for the pandemic. I lost a lot of my socialising skills due to have only interacted with some family members and online chats. I basically live in the middle of a forest, so, all the worse.
So here I am, in sushigirl, bored. Guess I'll continue browsing while waiting for my online class to start.

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Place looks comfier than other chans, anything I should know about the site?
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I think this is one of those things where people are paid to "review" websites for the purpose of collecting data on search engine results or targeted ads or something like that. The concept of relatively normal people stumbling onto strange corners of internet subculture this way is pretty funny to think about. I dunno why she was assigned Sushichan to "review" but I honestly don't know how these services work.


i've seen some of these done for other lesser known chans. I remember one for 4taba, but i don't know the video url. Here's one for lainchan.


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You can request to have your site reviewed. Lainchan has several reviews, so it probably spread from there.


Hadn't seen this one. I suspect it may be tongue-in-cheeck though. I remember seeing one on lainchan talking about the "half-life board" (he meant the /lambda/ board), which was of course…. a joke, I hope.
Otoh it doe looks kinda spoopy with those skulls and big red fiery letters.

Btw sushi forgot to mention sushichan was once sold to our glorious leader Kim Jong Il
vuelve argot ;_;


Post some solid gold oldies.
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This meme is from the 2000s but I don't know when this particular one was made. Probably before 2010.


This thread brings back nice memories



great sites for some internet nostalgia (flash required)




It's Friday night. What are you guys doing?
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Earlier I re-coded part of Uboachan's front page to add a new feature, and then installed Void Linux on a laptop I've been using that couldn't handle Linux Mint and was running awfully slow for months. Setup took a few hours since Void starts with nothing, but now I've got a nice fast configuration like my last better laptop that got stolen so I'm lazing around and enjoying using it for the evening.


Bruh, what are you talking about. It's Tuesday.


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Trying to motivate myself to finish my coursework, but instead I'm playing Stardew or browsing this place.


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Learned some Javascript today and getting a website together for my art. It's been a pretty good day.


Good job! Please consider posting it in the personal website thread

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hardee is a qt


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what the fuck. who are you


I know who this was now. Damn. They mean a lot to me, and I hope they know that. Gonna send them an email now actually.

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What are physical features you pay the most attention to?
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Face and abdomen


ANKLES I love ankles they are so bony and nice to look at, better with not much fat attached to them.


The tummy


the tummy tum tum


Face and hair. Both are work as a combo.

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I know this is probably a super common question but I have no clue how. I work full time and everyday my schedule is wake up, go to work, go home, sleep. I don't really have any interest outside of my house and anyways I'm a shy and anxious person. I've tried discord servers as well but its difficult to join an already existing social group.

The saddest (and most hopeful) part is that I know there are tons of people in the same situation as me. The problem is getting these people together. More than anything I wish to be around people that make me feel safe and not always on guard.
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Kind of. 32, moved across the US with the gf, knew absolutely nobody coming into it and I'm not the type to hang out with coworkers after work. Joined a tiny gym and after a few months there I met a couple of people with some crossover interests (photography) just because I overheard them talking about it once. We're probably not going to be best friends or anything, but it's something.

I'm pretty damn introverted and not great at blind conversation starters, but if I overhear a keyword I can relate to I at least have something to work with.


My problem nowadays is turning acquaintances into friends. I know a lot of cool people through work, meetups and the like but they are much younger and in the case of work, they are my subordinates. I don't want to break the ice in case things get awkward, which is definitely a no-no at work. le sigh.


Watching a feeling or emotion closely will negate much of the effect it has on your actions. Pain is the best example of this: it is designed to drag your attention to the site, but once it has achieved this it loses its bite, only to reemerge as your attention wanders.
For other emotions if you watch for too long they melt into their noisy components, or unravel upon finding their cause.
You do not need to empathise with the sensation of another's feelings to relate. Treat them like the biological machines they are, with feelings as a sparse representation of an information processing subroutine.


I met all of my current IRL friends on the Internet, or through those friends. I joined online chat groups or hobby groups with lots of users who shared my interests, and then sought out people in those groups who lived nearby, and did offline meets. I met a lot of interesting people and made lots of lasting friendships that way. All of my roommates currently are people I met online or through online friends. I find it way easier to get comfortable with someone by talking to them online first, than trying to get to know someone in person. Then when you meet up you already know each other a bit instead of feeling put on the spot and like you have to come up with talking points super fast to break the ice.


posting an invite link to my discord server in hopes of branching out
we are an art and internet culture oriented community that is small atm

join and make some new friends

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what's your experience with love? falling in it, falling out of it, one-sided or mutual.

currently i'm crushing very, very hard on what might be the most unreadable person on earth. i fell in love (i guess) when they asked the professor if they could step out of class and stumbled over whether to say "can i" or "may i". they went with the latter (and said please) and dropped their phone on the way out.

crushing this hard is like throwing my heart and brain in a blender and pulverizing them at the highest speed, but the blender short-circuits and the whole thing just combusts and explodes. i've always been a hopeless romantic, so this is a real weird mix of unsurprising and absolutely terrifying. i've never been so frustrated and so joyful in my life.

how about you, sushis?
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We're all hopeless until we find the glimmers, and then chances are then we're back to being hopeless again sooner or later. Just enjoy the ride.
I get your drift. Maybe you don't meet that many people? It's easy to get fixated on somebody then, even though you're not really compatible. Which it seems you aren't, you having known eachother a while and you wishing she'd be more game to add her share to the fire.
People don't tend to change that much, I wouldn't be betting on her realizing the comfy social intimacy she's missing out on.
I dunno, I guess, try to meet some new people? Someone who actually gives back. Once you find somebody like that it seems weird looking back, trying so hard to make it work with cold people.


I talked myself out of caring about love or relationships for a very long time because I was afraid and not confident. Now I am realizing that it was a mistake and as I get older I wish more and more that I had some kind of love experience. The times I have tried in the past year haven't gone so well and I can't say I've ever really truly fallen for someone. What I'd like more than anything else is for someone to fall for me but I can't see that happening.


I am in a bit of an odd position, but it makes sense to us. My ex broke up with me, but afterward we've remained drawn to eachother. We still feel like soul mates, we're each other's best friends, yet we know it'd be wrong to be together for a while. We need to grow a lot as people before that can happen. In the meantime, we still express our love to eachother. I constantly tell him not to let me hold him back… idk. Is this sustainable? Maybe, maybe not. But I want to be single for at least a year.



you are not alone, roll.


>We need to grow a lot as people before that can happen.
This is a cop-out. You should grow together. In fact, that's the whole point of a relationship. If you can only get along when things are perfect but you can't work through things together that's a weak-ass relationship. At the same time, if he broke up with you, there's nothing that can be done about that.

There's no point in "expressing your love for each other" if you're not working through your problems together. It is a sham. Show love through actions and not pointless words/gestures with no follow through.

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