Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Diet for the body, and the mind

A dear friend told me that the weight to be aesthetically ideal is height in cm minus 110. That would put my "perfect" weight at 40 kg. So now you know how tall I really am out of my heels. Somehow I don't think I could ever be 40 kg, or look good at 40 kg, but I certainly should shed some weight. I'll make my goal 45 kg, for now. Sounds a bit on the thin side. Hm. But then again, I don't have a working bath scale (and I don't intend to buy another), so I'll just go 'til I think I'm healthily thin "enough."

As for the mind, I need to cut out some of the craziness going on inside my head. My mind is coming apart a little bit these days and I'd like to get it back together. So I'm going to go on a diet for the mind, too. I've always been interested in studying more Buddhist concepts, like detachment. I want to learn more about detachment and how to find a balance. Going completely mystic is not what I have in mind. I've read only one article on the Internet about detachment, and it says detachment comes after you achieve enlightenment. Is that right? Does anyone else know? Amida, I know you know something! Please share!

Please bear with me if I act a little looney or unusually quiet in the real world until I sort out my brain :)


amida said...

You could go up to Dharma Drum Mountain and try out meditation there... They usually have a discussion session as well, based around Master Sheng-yen's book "Zen Wisdom." I think Master Sheng-yen was great at taking very abstract concepts and applying them to everyday life--like Buddhist emptiness and romantic/family relationships. They usually meet in the Shilin area from 2-5 on Saturdays.

Anonymous said...

If you want to hang out or maybe meet some English speakers, maybe you could try Oriented. They have an event tomorrow night.

翁郁容 Michella Jade Weng ミシェラ・オング said...

Thanks, Amida :)
Anonymous: thank you too. I don't know if Oriented is for me. I remember trying Oriented three times a few years ago, and wasn't too excited about it. Everyone seemed to know everyone already and wasn't interested in meeting a new walk-in. Perhaps the problem was that I didn't know anyone there.

naturallyjojo said...

an interesting read i found on detachment. it is not Buddhist, but the author's insight into and thoughts on detachment were refreshing to me:


翁郁容 Michella Jade Weng ミシェラ・オング said...

Naturallyjojo: thanks, I gave it a read :)