Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Even though hand sanitizer kills 99.9% of germs, only 0.1% of germs actually make us sick.
I am horribly limited.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

hijeroglifsko pismo, opći naziv za pisma u kojima znakovi označavaju pojmove i riječi, također i za pisma potekla od takvih (npr. slogovna pisma u kojima se vide tragovi takva starijega tipa u ideogramima i sl.; takvo je egipatsko h. p.). Naziv hijeroglif upotrebljava se za znak takva pisma, npr. za današnje kin. pismo i za hijeroglifske dijelove (neslogovne) japanskoga i korejskoga.
čajna gljiva (kineska ili japanska gljiva, kombucha), mješavina određenih živih bakterija i gljiva kvasovaca (Saccharomycetes), koja se kao prozirna i sluzava masa stavlja u zaslađen i ohlađen čaj. Ovdje bakterije i kvasovci vrenjem razvijaju različite spojeve (alkohol, mliječnu i octenu kiselinu, vitamine i dr.) te takav čaj dobiva ljekovita svojstva (pospješuje probavu; u pučkoj se medicini rabi protiv arterioskleroze).

Izvadak iz proleksis enciklopedije

šintoizam (kin. shen dao; jap. shinto put bogova), učenje o bogovima; jap. autohtona religija, nastala od animizma, politeizma s primjesama šamanizma i mitova srodnih azijskih kozmogonija. Božanstva (kami) su dusi prir. sila (bregovi, rijeke, jezera, drveće, Sunce, Mjesec, neke životinje, os. lisica Inari, itd.). Od prabožanstava Izanami i Izanagija potekli su ostali bogovi koji su stvorili jap. otoke i na kojima je prvi vladar bio unuk božice Sunca Amaterasu. Njezini su potomci carevi i nar. heroji, a kult predaka povezuje se s kultom nacije. Na š. s vremenom utječe konfucionizam, budizam i druge religije pa nastaju mnoge sljedbe; u XIX. st. car promovira čisti š. kao religiju predaka, s kultom careve osobe, proglašava ga drž. religijom odvojenom od 12 sljedbi pučkoga šintoizma. Razlikuju se međusobno povezani oblici šintoizma: hramski š. posvećen štovanju kamija u mjesnim hramovima, sljedbenski vezan (os. u XIX. st.) uz razne sljedbe i njihove utemeljitelje, carski koji je naglašavao božanstvenost carske osobe, i narodni, koji čuva drevne tradicije arhajske religije (gatanje, šamanske obrede, kultove kućnih i poljskih bogova). Šintoistički hramovi nalaze se na posvećenom prostoru označenom pletenom slamnatom užadi koja obavija kamenje, stijenje i otočiće. Okruženi su otvorenim drvenim dverima (torii), a u sred. prostoru (honden) čuvaju se relikvije (ogledala, mačevi, dragulji). U njima se obavljaju tipične jap. svetkovine, kao što su obred čišćenja, klanjanja, otvaranje vrata unutar. svetišta, prinošenje žrtvene hrane, molitva i dr.
I do not exist to impress the world. I exist to live my life in a way that will make me happy.
Every star may be a sun to someone.
I told her once I wasn’t good at anything. She told me survival is a talent.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Chinese astrology

Chinese Astrology

The Sheng xiao (Chinese: pinyin: shēngxiào), better known as Chinese Zodiac, is a scheme that relates each year to an animal and its reputed attributes, according to a 12-year cycle. It has wide currency in several East Asian countries besides China and Taiwan.

Identifying this scheme using the term "zodiac" reflects several similarities to the Western zodiac: both have time cycles divided into 12 parts, each labels at least the majority of those parts with names of animals, and each is widely associated with a culture of attributing influence of a person's relationship to the cycle upon their personality and/or events in their life. Nevertheless, there are major differences: the "Chinese" 12-part cycle is divided into years rather than months; contrary to the association with animals implied in the Greek etymology of "zodiac", actually four of the Western "signs" or "houses" are represented by humans (one such sign being the twins "Gemini") and one is the inanimate balance scale "Libra"; the animals of the Chinese zodiac are not associated with constellations, let alone those spanned by the ecliptic plane.

Legend 

Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha summoned all the animals on Earth to meet him on Chinese New Year. However, only thirteen animals came. The animals were the Rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and the pig. In honour of their attendance, the Buddha decided to name a year after each of them. However, a dispute soon arose as to which order the animals would be named. In his wisdom, the Buddha arranged a race whereby the outcome would decide the order.
All the animals lined up on the bank of a river and were given the task of getting to the opposite shore. Their order in the calendar would be set by the order in which the animals managed to reach the other side. The cat wondered how he would get across if he was afraid of water. At the same time, the ox wondered how he would cross with his poor eyesight. The calculating rat suggested that he and the cat jump onto the ox's back and guide him across. The ox was steady and hard-working so that he did not notice the commotion on his back. In the meantime, the rat sneaked up behind the unsuspecting cat and shoved him into the water. Just as the ox came ashore, the rat jumped off and finished the race first. The lazy pig came to the far shore in twelfth place. As a result, the rat was named as the first year while, the ox got the second year, and so on, up to the pig. The cat finished too late to win any place in the calendar, and vowed to be the enemy of the rat forever more.

Possibilities

In Chinese astrology the animal signs assigned by year represent what others perceive you as being or how you present yourself. It is a common misconception that the animals assigned by year are the only signs, and many western descriptions of Chinese astrology draw solely on this system. In fact, there are also animal signs assigned by month (called inner animals) and hours of the day (called secret animals).
To sum it up, while a person might appear to be a dragon because they were born in the year of the dragon, they might also be a snake internally and an ox secretively. In total, this makes for 8,640 possible combinations (five elements x 12 animals in the 60 year cycle (12 x 5 = 60) , 12 months, 12 times of day) that a person might be. These are all considered critical for the proper use of Chinese astrology.

Personalities

Chinese zodiac signs represent twelve different types of personalities. The zodiac traditionally begins with the sign of the Rat, and there are many stories about the origins of the Chinese Zodiac which explain why this is so (see below). The following are the twelve zodiac signs in order and their characteristics.
Rat
(Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Water): 
Forthright, tenacious, systematic, meticulous, charismatic, sensitive, hardworking, industrious, charming, eloquent, sociable, artistic, shrewd. Can be manipulative, vindictive, mendacious, venal, selfish, obstinate, critical, over-ambitious, ruthless, intolerant, scheming.  
Ox
(Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed
Element Water): 
Dependable, calm, methodical, born leader, patient, hardworking, ambitious, conventional, steady, modest, logical, resolute, tenacious. Can be stubborn, narrow-minded, materialistic, rigid, demanding.  
Tiger
(Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed
Element Wood): 
Unpredictable, rebellious, colorful, powerful, passionate, daring, impulsive, vigorous, stimulating, sincere, affectionate, humanitarian, generous. Can be restless, reckless, impatient, quick-tempered, obstinate, selfish, aggressive, unpredictable.  
Rabbit 
(Yin, 4th Trine,
Fixed Element Wood): 
Gracious, good friend, kind, sensitive, soft-spoken, amiable, elegant, reserved, cautious, artistic, thorough, tender, self-assured, astute, compassionate, flexible. Can be moody, detached, superficial, self-indulgent, opportunistic.  
Dragon 
(Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed
Element Wood): 
Magnanimous, stately, vigorous, strong, self-assured, proud, noble, direct, dignified, zealous, eccentric, intellectual, fiery, passionate, decisive, pioneering, ambitious, artistic, generous, loyal. Can be tactless, arrogant, imperious, tyrannical, demanding, intolerant, dogmatic, violent, impetuous, brash.  
Snake
(Yin, 2nd Trine,
Fixed
Element Fire): 
Deep thinker, wise, mystic, graceful, soft-spoken, sensual, creative, prudent, shrewd, ambitious, elegant, cautious, responsible, calm, strong, constant, purposeful. Can be loner, bad communicator, possessive, hedonistic, self-doubting, distrustful, mendacious, suffocating, cold.  
Horse
(Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed
Element Fire): 
Cheerful, popular, quick-witted, changeable, earthy, perceptive, talkative, agile - mentally and physically, magnetic, intelligent, astute, flexible, open-minded. Can be fickle, arrogant, childish, anxious, rude, gullible, stubborn.  
Ram 
(Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed
Element Fire): 
Righteous, sincere, sympathetic, mild-mannered, shy, artistic, creative, gentle, compassionate, understanding, mothering, determined, peaceful, generous, seeks security. Can be moody, indecisive, over-passive, worrier, pessimistic, over-sensitive, complainer, weak-willed.  
Monkey
(Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed
Element Metal): 
Inventor, motivator, improviser, quick-witted, inquisitive, flexible, innovative, problem solver, self-assured, sociable, artistic, polite, dignified, competitive, objective, factual, intellectual. Can be egotistical, vain, selfish, reckless, snobbish, deceptive, manipulative, cunning, jealous, suspicious.  
Rooster
(Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed
Element Metal): 
Acute, neat, meticulous, organized, self-assured, decisive, conservative, critical, perfectionist, alert, zealous, practical, scientific, responsible. Can be over zealous and critical, puritanical, egotistical, abrasive, opinionated, given to empty bravado.  
Dog
(Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed
Element Metal): 
Honest, intelligent, straightforward, loyal, sense of justice and fair play, attractive, amicable, unpretentious, sociable, open-minded, idealistic, moralistic, practical, affectionate, senstive, easy going. Can be cynical, lazy, cold, judgmental, pessimistic, worrier, stubborn, quarrelsome.  
Pig 
(Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed
Element Water): 
Honest, gallant, sturdy, sociable, peace-loving, patient, loyal, hard-working, trusting, sincere, calm, understanding, thoughtful, scrupulous, passionate, intelligent. Can be naive, over-reliant, self-indulgent, gullible, fatalistic, materialistic.  

What is your Sign? 

The following table shows the 60-year cycle matched up to the Western calendar for the years 1924–2043
YearAssociated
Element
Heavenly
Stem
Earthly
Branch
Associated
Animal
Year
1924–19831984–2043
Feb 05 1924–Jan 23 1925Yang WoodRatFeb 02 1984–Feb 19 1985
Jan 24 1925–Feb 12 1926Yin WoodOxFeb 20 1985–Feb 08 1986
Feb 13 1926–Feb 01 1927Yang FireTigerFeb 09 1986–Jan 28 1987
Feb 02 1927–Jan 22 1928Yin FireRabbitJan 29 1987–Feb 16 1988
Jan 23 1928–Feb 09 1929Yang EarthDragonFeb 17 1988–Feb 05 1989
Feb 10 1929–Jan 29 1930Yin EarthSnakeFeb 06 1989–Jan 26 1990
Jan 30 1930–Feb 16 1931Yang MetalHorseJan 27 1990–Feb 14 1991
Feb 17 1931–Feb 05 1932Yin MetalRamFeb 15 1991–Feb 03 1992
Feb 06 1932–Jan 25 1933Yang WaterMonkeyFeb 04 1992–Jan 22 1993
Jan 26 1933–Feb 13 1934Yin WaterRoosterJan 23 1993– Feb 09 1994
Feb 14 1934–Feb 03 1935Yang WoodDogFeb 10 1994–Jan 30 1995
Feb 04 1935–Jan 23 1936Yin WoodBoarJan 31 1995–Feb 18 1996
Jan 24 1936–Feb 10 1937Yang FireRatFeb 19 1996–Feb 06 1997
Feb 11 1937–Jan 30 1938Yin FireOxFeb 07 1997–Jan 27 1998
Jan 31 1938–Feb 18 1939Yang EarthTigerJan 28 1998–Feb 15 1999
Feb 19 1939–Feb 07 1940Yin EarthRabbitFeb 16 1999–Feb 04 2000
Feb 08 1940–Jan 26 1941Yang MetalDragonFeb 05 2000–Jan 23 2001
Jan 27 1941–Feb 14 1942Yin MetalSnakeJan 24 2001–Feb 11 2002
Feb 15 1942–Feb 04 1943Yang WaterHorseFeb 12 2002–Jan 31 2003
Feb 05 1943–Jan 24 1944Yin WaterRamFeb 01 2003–Jan 21 2004
Jan 25 1944–Feb 12 1945Yang WoodMonkeyJan 22 2004–Feb 08 2005
Feb 13 1945–Feb 01 1946Yin WoodRoosterFeb 09 2005–Jan 28 2006
Feb 02 1946–Jan 21 1947Yang FireDogJan 29 2006–Feb 17 2007
Jan 22 1947–Feb 09 1948Yin FireBoarFeb 18 2007–Feb 06 2008
Feb 10 1948–Jan 28 1949Yang EarthRatFeb 07 2008–Jan 25 2009
Jan 29 1949–Feb 16 1950Yin EarthOxJan 26 2009–Feb 13 2010
Feb 17 1950–Feb 05 1951Yang MetalTigerFeb 14 2010–Feb 02 2011
Feb 06 1951–Jan 26 1952Yin MetalRabbitFeb 03 2011–Jan 22 2012
Jan 27 1952–Feb 13 1953Yang WaterDragonJan 23 2012–Feb 09 2013
Feb 14 1953–Feb 02 1954Yin WaterSnakeFeb 10 2013–Jan 30 2014
Feb 03 1954–Jan 23 1955Yang WoodHorseJan 31 2014–Feb 18 2015
Jan 24 1955–Feb 11 1956Yin WoodRamFeb 19 2015–Feb 07 2016
Feb 12 1956–Jan 30 1957Yang FireMonkeyFeb 08 2016–Jan 27 2017
Jan 31 1957–Feb 17 1958Yin FireRoosterJan 28 2017–Feb 18 2018
Feb 18 1958–Feb 07 1959Yang EarthDogFeb 19 2018–Feb 04 2019
Feb 08 1959–Jan 27 1960Yin EarthBoarFeb 05 2019–Jan 24 2020
Jan 28 1960–Feb 14 1961Yang MetalRatJan 25 2020–Feb. 11 2021
Feb 15 1961–Feb 04 1962Yin MetalOxFeb 12 2021–Jan 31 2022
Feb 05 1962–Jan 24 1963Yang WaterTigerFeb 01 2022–Jan 21 2023
Jan 25 1963–Feb 12 1964Yin WaterRabbitJan 22 2023–Feb 09 2024
Feb 13 1964–Feb 01 1965Yang WoodDragonFeb 10 2024–Jan 28 2025
Feb 02 1965–Jan 20 1966Yin WoodSnakeJan 29 2025–Feb 16 2026
Jan 21 1966–Feb 08 1967Yang FireHorseFeb 17 2026–Feb 05 2027
Feb 09 1967–Jan 29 1968Yin FireRamFeb 06 2027–Jan 25 2028
Jan 30 1968–Feb 16 1969Yang EarthMonkeyJan 26 2028–Feb 12 2029
Feb 17 1969–Feb 05 1970Yin EarthRoosterFeb 13 2029–Feb 02 2030
Feb 06 1970–Jan 26 1971Yang MetalDogFeb 03 2030–Jan 22 2031
Jan 27 1971–Feb 14 1972Yin MetalBoarJan 23 2031–Feb 10 2032
Feb 15 1972–Feb 02 1973Yang WaterRatFeb 11 2032–Jan 30 2033
Feb 03 1973–Jan 22 1974Yin WaterOxJan 31 2033–Feb 18 2034
Jan 23 1974–Feb 10 1975Yang WoodTigerFeb 19 2034–Feb 07 2035
Feb 11 1975–Jan 30 1976Yin WoodRabbitFeb 08 2035–Jan 27 2036
Jan 31 1976–Feb 17 1977Yang FireDragonJan 28 2036–Feb 14 2037
Feb 18 1977–Feb 06 1978Yin FireSnakeFeb 15 2037–Feb 03 2038
Feb 07 1978–Jan 27 1979Yang EarthHorseFeb 04 2038–Jan 23 2039
Jan 28 1979–Feb 15 1980Yin EarthRamJan 24 2039–Feb 11 2040
Feb 16 1980–Feb 04 1981Yang MetalMonkeyFeb 12 2040–Jan 31 2041
Feb 05 1981–Jan 24 1982Yin MetalRoosterFeb 01 2041–Jan 21 2042
Jan 25 1982–Feb 12 1983Yang WaterDogJan 22 2042–Feb 09 2043
Feb 13 1983–Feb 01 1984Yin WaterBoarFeb 10 2043–Jan 29 2044

My element!

(壬 Ren) Yang Water is like an ocean, deep and very active with many waves. Just like waters of rivers and sea flow continually everywhere, and drawn into various kinds of things, Ren person is worry free and optimistic, they don’t mind the past and are filled with courage to move on. They show enthusiasm in whatever they do, they like to help others and don’t mind hardships. They enjoy social activities with full of spirits, and become noticeable to others. They are highly adaptable to any change on circumstances. They are also quick to grasp and will not miss any good opportunity that comes along. Once the drive kicks in, they will overcome all difficulties to meet their objective or reach their goal. Synthesis says that Ren people are clever, intelligent and full of inspirations. They can be endowed in both civil and martial virtues, has leadership qualities, and able to outshine and surpass themselves from others. Shortcomings are that though they have a rounded personality, they are willful. They can be lazy and this caused them to be dependent on others easily. Ren people are very fond of freedom, dislike to be restrained or controlled and due to this they are not able to hold on to the last minute at times. They are also easily affected get entangled in love relationships.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Shinto: The Religion of Nature Worship, Emperor Worship, and Purity

Shinto (the way of the gods), traditionally dating back to 660 B. C., is a loosely organized religion of the Japanese people embracing a wide variety of beliefs and practices. In its most basic sense Shinto is a religious form of Japanese patriotism. The mythology of Shintoism teaches that Japan and the Japanese people were brought into being by special divine creation and that their emperors were literally descendants of the Sun Goddess. In Japan a person may in good conscience be a Buddhist, a Confucian, and a member of a Shinto sect at the same time. Today (1982) Shintoism reports 57,154,200 members.
The two most important sacred books of Shintoism are the Kojiki (Chronicles of Ancient Events) and the Nihongi (Chronicles of Japan). The Kojiki mythology reports that in the beginning were the kami (gods, mana, occult force). Two of these primeval kami or deities were Izanagi (male-who-invites) and Izanami (female who-invites). After giving birth to the land of Japan they produced many other kami.

Izanami died after giving birth to the kami of fire. Izanagi journeyed to Hades to find her. Finding her decayed body crawling with maggots he fled in horror back to the land of the living. To purify himself he entered a body of water and when he washed his left eye there came into existence the Sun Goddess, the Great Kami Amaterasu; and when he washed his right eye Tsukiyom the Moon Kami, emerged. After years of struggle the Japanese people were waring against each other and the Sun Goddess sent her grandson, Ninigi, to become the first emperor of Japan. Shinto is unique among the religions of the world in representing the Supreme Being as feminine in gender.

Although mythological tradition has the first Japanese emperor enthroned in the seventh century B.C., modern scholars think the actual history of Japan did not begin until the third century A. D. After the fourth century A. D. the Japanese came under the influence of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. By the end of the sixth century Mahayana Buddhism had taken a firm foothold on Japan. It was at this time that the term "Shinto" was introduced to distinguish the native Japanese religion from the new foreign religion.
Little by little the boundaries between Buddhism and Shintoism were obliterated. The concerns of day-to-day life became the domain of the Shinto side of religion while the concerns of the afterlife were served by the Buddhists.. The Japanese developed distinctive forms of Buddhism such as Zen, Pure Land, and Nichiren.

Shinto almost died out as a viable religion but in the seventeenth century it was revitalized by tough-minded military leaders. A combination of Shinto and Confucianism was used to develop the warrior code of Bushido. The samurai (knights) who followed this code emphasized loyalty, gratitude, courage, justice, truthfulness, politeness, reserve, and honor. In Japan suicide has often been encouraged to avoid dishonor, escape from a bad life situation, or as a means of protest. When dishonored the Bushido warrior was expected to kill himself by hara-kiri (disembowelment).

Shinto teaches the importance of personal cleanliness and the sense of communal guilt. Apart from subservience to the Emperor, Shintoism has no definite set of theological beliefs or code of morality. Morality and theology are naturalistic. Motoori (1730-1801), one of the most important scholars in the history of Shintoism, explains the lack of ethics in Shintoism: "It is because the Japanese were truly moral in their practice that they require no theory of morals."

After Commodore Perry in the mid nineteenth century opened Japan to outside influence sweeping changes have occurred in the country. The Constitution of 1889 established a state supported Shinto but other religions were allowed to exist and propagate. State Shinto supported thousands of shrines and priests. The grand imperial shrine at Ise was dedicated to the mother goddess of Japan, Amaterasu. Every loyal Japanese citizen wishes to visit the Ise Shrine at least once in their life time.

There are many Shinto sects which tend to be oriented in three major categories. First, those whose emphasis is on mountain or nature worship. Second, those who stress shamanism, divination, and faith healing such as the Tenri-kyo (Teachings of Divine Reason) sect. The third type of sectarian Shinto is more in tune with historic Shinto, reviving the myths of the origin of Japan, stressing purification rites, fasting, breath control, and other techniques similar to the Yoga cults of Hinduism. Domestic Shinto is practiced in many homes. The kami-dana (god shelf) is found in residences. Flowers or food may be placed before this altar daily or brief prayers and devotions may take place.

Shinto had become such an inseparable part of Japanese militarism the American occupation forces felt it necessary to direct the abolition of state support of Shinto in December of 1945. New Year's Day 1946 Emperor Hirohito disavowed the belief in his divine nature and complete religious freedom was guaranteed to every citizen.
A Japanese legend says that if you can’t sleep at night it’s because you’re awake in someone else’s dream.
An old Japanese myth says that if two star-crossed lovers commit dual suicide, they get reincarnated as twins.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

What makes earth feel like hell is our expectation that it should feel like heaven.
Možda će i biti ljepših vremena, ali ovo je naše.

Ogimachi Village


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Ogimachi is the largest village and main attraction of Shirakawa-go. Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995, the village is home to several dozen well preserved gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old.

The farmhouses are quite amazing structures, designed to withstand the harsh winters while providing a place to work and live, and are best seen either covered in snow or surrounded by green fields. Many of the farmhouses are now restaurants, museums or minshuku, where you can stay overnight.

A number of farmhouses from the surrounding villages have been relocated to an open air museum across the river from the town center in an effort to save them from destruction. This museum along with the large concentration of farmhouses and attractions in town and the area's accessibility make Ogimachi the best place in Shirakawa-go and Gokayama to see gassho-zukuri farmhouses.
 
I will love someone properly when I know how to love myself.
If I liked you less, I might be able to talk about it more.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Reality can destroy the dream; why shouldn’t the dream destroy reality?
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

For lonely people, rain is a chance to be touched.

Monday, 10 September 2012

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Međusobni odnosi pet elemenata

Dvije struje chi-energije upravljaju odnosima između pet elemenata: krug podrške i krug razaranja. To se može usporediti s godišnjim poljodjelskim ciklusom. Svaki se od pet elemenata odnosi na određeno godišnje doba: voda se odnosi na zimu, drvo na proljeće, vatra na ljeto, zemlja na ranu jesen, a metal na kasnu jesen.

VODA. Zimi se zemlja priprema za sjeme. Ako je proljeće dobro, biljke će niknuti. No kasni mrazovi mogu ih uništiti i na ljeto ničeg neće biti. Voda podržava drvo, ali ako je drvo nedostatno, voda uništava vatru. Zamislite kako voda napaja drvo, ali gasi vatru.
DRVO. Ako proljeće prođe dobro, na ljeto će polja biti puna usjeva. Ako ljeto ne bude dobro zbog nedostatka sunca ili jakih kiša, usjevi će do rane jeseni istrunuti u zemlji. Drvo podržava vatru, jer je drvo gorivo za nju, ali ako je vatra nedostatna, drvo uništava zemlju.
VATRA. Nakon dobrog ljeta, usjevi će sazrijevati u ranu jesen. No ako u ranu jesen vrijeme bude hladno i oblačno, usjevi neće sazrijevati za žetvu u kasnu jesen. Vatra podržava zemlju, kao što pepeo obogaćuje tlo, ali ako je zemlja nedostatna, vatra može uništiti metal.
ZEMLJA. Uz mnogo sunca u ranu jesen, žetva u kasnu jesen bit će dobra. No rani mrazovi ili jake kiše u kasnu jesen uništit će žetvu i neće biti novog sjemena da se zasije. Zemlja podržava metal, kao što minerali u tlu tvore metalne rude, ali ako je metal nedostatan, zemlja će uništiti vodu.
METAL. Ako je žetva dala sjeme u kasnu jesen, a uvjeti preko zime budu dobri, sjeme se može zasijati za sljedeće proljeće. No oštri zimski uvjeti mogu uništiti sjeme prije no što proklija. Metal podržava vodu, ali ako je vatra nedostatna, metal će uništiti drvo.

Svaki element podržava sljedeći, ali sljedeći element istodobno iscrpljuje prethodni - metal podržava vodu, ali voda ga iscrpljuje. To znači da se krug podrške može primjenjivati i za umirivanje chia i za njegovo pojačavanje.
Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy - but mysterious. But above all black says this: “I don’t bother you - don’t bother me”.
Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

Pet elemenata u našem domu

Istočna strana vašeg doma ujutro upije chi-energiju koja raste, a poznata je kao energija drveta. Kako dan teče, sunce se giba od istoka prema jugu i puni južnu stranu doma vatrenom chi-energijom. Potom se sunce počinje spuštati i unosi mirniju energiju zemlje u jugozapadnu stranu doma i u njegovo središte. Dok se sunce spušta, zapadna strana preuzima chi-energiju metala, usmjerenu prema unutra. Kada padne noć, sjeverna strana vašeg doma prima blagotvornu chi-energiju vode.
I usually want to die or do nothing.

Friday, 7 September 2012

The drops of rain make a hole in the stone, not by violence, but by oft falling.

Okinawans

One of the most durable theories of aging is the free radical theory. This theory postulates that damage from free radicals (unstable molecules), generated mainly from metabolizing food into energy, ultimately damages vital body molecules (tissue, DNA, etc.). This damage accumulates with time until, like an old car, we fall apart. In support of this theory, one of the most important findings in free-radical research has been that eating fewer calories increases life span (Sohal RS, et al. Science 1996;273:59-63; Heilbronn LK, et al. Am J Clin Nutr 2003;78:361-9). The initial evidence that this may work in humans has been indirect and based on observation of the low caloric intake of the Okinawans and their long life expectancy (Willcox DC, et al. Biogerontology 2006). More direct evidence suggests that Okinawans following the traditional ways have low blood levels of free radicals. The elders had significantly lower levels of lipid peroxide-compelling evidence that they suffer less free-radical-induced damage. This may indicate healthier lifestyles but may also be due to gene variants that result in lower blood levels of free radicals. This is currently under investigation.

Okinawan centenarians have been lean throughout their extraordinarily long lives, with an average body mass index (BMI) that ranged from 18 to 22 (lean is less than 23). The Okinawans have traditionally kept eating a low-calorie, low glycemic load diet, practicing calorie control in a cultural habit known as hara hachi bu (only eating until they are 80% full), and keeping physically active the natural way. Particular exercise interventions are under study for their role in healthy aging.
People are more likely to make the worst promises when they're happy and the worst choices when suffering from sadness.
There’s a notion I’d like to see buried: the ordinary person. Ridiculous. There is no ordinary person.
The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

I get it now. I get it. The things you hope for the most are the things that destroy you in the end.
To be too conscious is an illness.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Poštujem ljude koji i u nesreći ostanu plemeniti.
I see nothing. We may sink and settle on the waves. The sea will drum in my ears. The white petals will be darkened with sea water. They will float for a moment and then sink. Rolling over the waves will shoulder me under. Everything falls in a tremendous shower, dissolving me.

Monday, 3 September 2012

There is a loneliness in this world 
So great that you can see it in the slow movement of the hands of a clock
People so tired, mutilated, either by love or no love.
People just are not good to each other.
We are afraid.
Our educational system tells us that we can all be big winners
But it hasn’t told us about the gutters or the suicides.
Or the terror of one person aching in one place
Alone, untouched, and unspoken to.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. A true soul mate is probably the most important person you'll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave.
Wish you could turn off the questions, turn off the voices, turn off all sound. Yearn to close out the ugliness, close out the filthiness, close out all light. Long to cast away yesterday, cast away memory, cast away all jeopardy. Pray you could somehow stop uncertainty, somehow stop the loathing, somehow stop the pain. Act on your impulse, swallow the bottle, cut a little deeper, put the gun to your chest.
What am I but skin and bones,
and places I have yet to go.