Since I've already registered TOEFL months ago, I feel obliged to at least do some sorts of preparation for it. After all, it costs 1500 RMB, with which I could have bought a new smartphone.
I came across a book about writing called "Accidental Genius" before. It talks about how you can use writing to generate best ideas, insight and content. Which occurs to me is kind of like brainstorming - bring up a pen and a piece of paper (of course, a keyboard instead, in digital age), and start writing. Doesn't matter what you write, doesn't matter whether it looks good or of any meaning. Just keep dumping your raw ideas from your mind, or, under some circumstances, from you subconsciousness.
We thought we know ourselves, but we don't actually. "Knew thyself", is one of the Delphic maxims and was inscribed in the forecourt of the Temple of Applo at Delphi. Lots of life problems we encounter, when trace the root cause, are due to the lack of understanding of ourselves. For me personally, most problems are originated from lack of courage, fear of losing, escape from embarrassment for being refused. I always label those instead with "I want to be nice to others", and ironically, that hurt others' feelings at the end.
When do I feel most peaceful? When I read, write or swim. Those should be the activities I devote most of my energy to, at least right now. "Your problem is that you think too much without read much". One hundreds percents agree. Almost every spiritual practice emphasize focus on ourselves and current moment. Start paying attention to your breath. Exhale, inhale, exhale, inhale. Are you able to breath ten times in a row, feeling the rise and fall of your belly, without being disrupted by various other thoughts?
I read Zhiyu Liu's article again yesterday, word by word. And now I am much better. Some people really can purify others.