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Meditation has a wide range of physical and mental health benefits. My interest in it as a religious/spiritual activity due to an intense fear of dying (assuming the possibility of the permanent extinction of consciousness), and a belief that the practice of zazen can lead to a direct experience ('enlightenment'/satori) which would overcome that fear of death. There is an element of faith in all of that, although Buddhist literature is full of inspirational descriptions of enlightenment experiences (starting with that of the Buddha's), providing a basis for that faith.
I believe that meditation is the most important activity we can undertake. The following quotes are my touchstones for that belief:
"To study the Way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things of the universe."
Those who try zazen even once Wipe away beginning-less crimes. Where are all the dark paths then? The Pure Land itself is near."
Very Beautiful and Cute Kids - Reciting Holy Quran
the austere lords fiercely come by
down to your knees, they’re worth your eye
oh fine spirits, white visions that save
immanent impressions, sovereigns are grave
high souls in bliss, risen to heaven
I am big into nutrition right now. I may or may not be depending on how great my craving for cookies is in the next couple of months (seriously, I have less nutritional discipline than a Biggest Loser contestant without extreme external-monitoring) but for right now I'm big into nutrition.
Each day I eat a balance of proteins and fiber, less carbs (gotta look good for bikini season) and plenty of water. It wasn't until I was enjoying one of my colorful meals with my paramour that I considered: what if the food pyramid could be applied to our time budget?
I often speak about priorities here on CFiST but today I'd like to give you a tool to make that concept a reality. So even though Time Pyramid would make an awesome 80's sci-fi title, in this context I'd like to harken back to the now retired food pyramid.
Start by considering all the different activities you do during the day. For example, my list would look like the following:
Growing up in the church I learned to "Love Jesus", but I never loved Jesus. I only loved the idea of everlasting life and he was the way to get it. Books like Ecclesiastes in the bible are the cause of such confusion. Jesus came to bring heaven to earth through love and grace, while Soloman(The writer of Ecclesiastes) sets his sights on heaven and dares to say that life on the Earth is utterly meaningless. This is an Old Testament Philosophy and must be treated as such. The minute we start confusing the context we start getting side tracked and loose sight of our true purpose. To love the Lord your God and Love your neighbor as yourself(What Jesus said were the two greatest commandments).
Now we are trapped in thinking that heaven is what we aim for and the way to get their is by believing that Jesus died to take away the sins of the world which will allow us to get into heaven. And the only way for the magic to work is to "believe in it". It's a very logical way of thinking. It's input and output; yes or no. Their is no gray area because Americans are western and westerners believe in set rules and systematic paths.
But Jesus never taught that. He never told you that the way to get to heaven was to believe in him dying for you, he said the way was to be like him. Love others unconditionally, love God, and show grace and mercy to the oppressed. Period.
People asked jesus all the time how to get into heaven, and he always diverted their attention back to Love. When everyone of his followers wanted rules and guarantees, he was giving out strict orders to Love each other.
The modern church is incredibly concerned with being "saved" and "saving others" but jesus was only concerned with "love" and "loving others". So no more tracts, no more alter calls, and no more mind games. Just teaching Christ-like love through demonstration.
One of the things I should really learn is how to prioritize. Sometimes I just feel overwhelmed by all the things I want to do/ learn. Right now I want to learn how to code, I want to push a affiliate-project, I want to start my own business, I want to travel more, I want to learn spanish, I want to spend time with my girlfriend, I want to spend time with my friends, I want to blog on a regular basis, I want to start with sports again ... and besides I work in a Startup which is also really timeconsuming.
I think having goals is a good thing but right now I have so many of them that I dont proceed in any of them...
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I've had an opportunity to be part of a team doing a lot of greenfield development on a new codebase at a client recently, and it's been a lot of fun. The client already has a codebase that's grown organically over a decade to meet the changing and complex needs of a highly successful company, and is in surprisingly good shape considering. Still: it's huge, incorporates several competing implementations of The One True Programming Style, the occasional flash of mad genius, and a lot of code that was written by very dedicated developers working very hard to make very tight deadlines.
The new codebase shares none of the constraints of the old one, and the team is keen to keep things as pristine as possible as long as possible. One of the best tools in our arsenal is the enforced code review. New code entering the codebase needs to have been reviewed, no exceptions - and the goal is that most of the team reviews each piece. So far it's working out spectacularly well.
LinkedIn tells me I've been working on teams that have tried to incorporate code reviews with varying degrees of success for almost 6 years now, sometimes in larger teams that were sat in the same office, sometimes in smaller ones that were internationally distributed, and sometimes when I've paid external developers to look at code I've been writing by myself for clients.
So, here's what seems to work:
Few people seem to enjoy code reviews. There's the mental effort of understanding what someone was trying to achieve, the cognitive load of understanding how a piece of the system you're not working on is meant to fit together, and it takes time away from the joyful process of actually programming.