Part 3: Bruce Lee’s simple advice to open your mind by emptying it.

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This is part three of a three-part series on Bruce Lee that examines an aspect of his philosophy of life. Part 1 focused on overcoming obstacles. Part 2 focused on adapting to your circumstances. Part 3 focuses on emptying your mind.

Bruce Lee is considered one of the most influential martial artists of the past century, especially in North America. In the early 1970s, his movies kickstarted a martial arts revolution. …


Part 2: Bruce Lee’s simple recommendation on how to adapt to any situation.

Photo by Man Chung on Unsplash

This is part two of a three-part series on Bruce Lee that examines an aspect of his philosophy of life. Part 1 focuses on overcoming obstacles. Part 2 focuses on adapting to your circumstances. Part 3 focuses on the benefits of emptying your mind.

Bruce Lee is considered one of the most influential martial artists of the 20th century, especially in North America. In the early 1970s, his movies kickstarted a martial arts revolution. …


Part 1: Bruce Lee’s simple recommendation for overcoming any obstacle.

Photo by Man Chung on Unsplash

This is part one of a three-part series on Bruce Lee that examines an aspect of his philosophy of life. Part 1 focuses on overcoming obstacles. Part 2 focuses on adapting to your circumstances. Part 3 focuses on the benefits of emptying your mind.

Bruce Lee is considered one of the most influential martial artists of the past century, especially in North America. In the early 1970s, his movies kickstarted a martial arts revolution. …


The tension between empathy and economics.

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When we think of the well-being of others, we often fall into one of two camps.

One camp trusts the economic system to dole out resources to those who are willing to work hard. They think that if you haven’t “made it” it’s because you haven’t put in the effort. Some exceptions apply, of course.

The other camp is a little wary of the economic system. It, too, values hard work, but it’s concerned that some people who work hard still can’t seem to make ends meet. …


And be more content while you do it.

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A couple of years ago, I was wall climbing with a friend and it wasn’t going well. I couldn’t complete the route and was getting frustrated. My friend could tell.

He then said something to me that I’ll never forget: “When your focus is on reaching the end, your attention isn’t on the next step you need to take to get there.”

This simple truth hit me like a ton of bricks — the more I focussed on my desire to reach the end, the less I focused on what I was…


How to use your instincts for laziness to your advantage.

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When we think about what’s involved in changing our lifestyles, a large amount of willpower is a given, right? We think it must be used to get our assess off the couch and do the things we really want to do.

However, willpower only plays a minor part in this story.

In her book, Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain, Lisa Feldman Barrett presents the idea that the main function of the brain is to budget the body’s resources. She likens the brain to an accounting department of…


Do non-surgical masks, like cloth masks, protect us from COVID-19?

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It all started because I was selling a dresser on Kijiji.

The buyer was on her way and I was getting things ready in my condo. As expected, the security guard let me know that someone was here for me. I asked him to send her up.

A minute later, I received a call from the buyer asking me to come to the lobby. It sounded like there was a problem. I hurried downstairs.

When I got there, I saw the building manager and the front-desk security guard blocking a…


What a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt and police trainer has to say about the state of law enforcement.

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On Sunday, April 11, 2021, yet another fatal police shooting took place, this time in Brooklyn Center, a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Daunte Wright, the victim, was pulled over by police for an expired license plate. When the police discovered that Wright had an outstanding arrest warrant, they attempted to take him into custody. However, Wright resisted arrest and tried to flee the scene in his vehicle. …


This is the most effective action you can take.

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For decades now, Climate Change has been the elephant in the room. Awkwardly stuffed into the corner, this poor animal has simply been watching us as we try our best to avoid its gaze. And every time we’re forced to acknowledge its existence, the seeming intractability of the problem causes us to turn away.

This is understandable. Climate Change is a global problem that feels like it needs a global solution. But does that mean, individually, we can’t make a difference?

In his book, Doing Good Better, William MacAskill argues that…


Especially when we don’t want to hear it.

Students turn their backs on Charles Murray. Source: The Atlantic

On March 2, 2017, at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, Charles Murray was scheduled to speak. You’ve probably heard his name before. Murray has been labeled as a racist and bigot, in particular for claiming in his book The Bell Curve that there are intelligence (IQ) differences between races.

Murray had been invited to speak by a student group called the American Enterprise Club, which aimed “to promote … free enterprise, a limited federal government, a strong national defense.” …

Jeff Valdivia

Following my curiosity and hoping it will lead me to wisdom. I write about science, meditation, and spirituality.

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