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It’s just my feelings that are dead.


Go ahead.

You can see what’s in my head.

I’m still alive.

It’s just my feelings that are dead.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Poem, 9/28/19 – ✒

We all go through sadness. All of us also face our worries. But have you ever felt nothing? ❔

For me, whenever I feel sad or worried, I embrace these feelings because they’re so pure. You feel them because you care about someone or some important issue. A lot of my best work are fueled by these feelings because they motivate me. 😊

However, there have been a few times in my life where I felt nothing. It’s like you feel numb to anything. That’s the worse place to be in. There’s no energy to push you forward. Fortunately, I’ve developed 71 practices thus far that I use to prevent myself from falling that deep into darkness. If I do fall, I’m able to snap out of it because of these practices. I wrote about a number of my positive practices in my personal blog at http://www.jonriki.com and at Positive Masters’ blog at http://www.positivemasters.com. If they can help you, I would be super happy. ❤

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Barbecuing at Hawaii Council of Jodo Mission 42nd Biennial Convention.


Barbecuing with Kenneth Matsusugu at Hawaii Council of Jodo Mission 42nd Biennial Convention

Barbecuing with Kenneth Matsusugu at Hawaii Council of Jodo Mission 42nd Biennial Convention

Here, Kenneth Matsusugu and I were cooking chicken, steaks, and buttered corn for the Hawaii Council of Jodo Mission 42nd Biennial Convention, the statewide organization of Jodo Mission in Hawaii, which was held at Jodo Mission of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii from Fri. Sept. 20 to Sun. Sept. 22. Kenneth was the former president of Haleiwa Jodo Mission for many years. We had a great talk about his life and career in the army and as a civil engineer. 😊

The delegates of the convention updated its bylaws, elected a new Bishop, presented its budget, and other matters. My great grandparents and grandparents were active members of Jodo Mission in Hawaii. I hope they’re happy to see me contributing to this organization. I’ve been a board member of Jodo Mission of Hawaii (Betsuin or headquarters in Hawaii) since 2006, taking my Grandma Bessie Karamatsu’s seat after her passing and president since 2011. I’ve been a delegate to the Hawaii Council of Jodo Mission since about 2011. ❤

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Work with people who motivate you to be the best you can be!


Surround yourself with positive people who motivate you to be the best you can be!

Work with positive people who motivate you to be the best you can be! Work is much more enjoyable with good people who compliment you.

Work with people who motivate you to be the best you can be!
Here are 5 qualities of people who are good to work with:

(1) A positive person. This is probably the most important because no matter what you do, things will go wrong. Positive people are cool and calm under pressure. Also, positive people always have a strong network because they’re so well-liked.

(2) A creator. One who has ideas on how to create new products and services or disrupt and existing product or service.

(3) A rational optimist. This type of person will shoot for the stars but have the research and strategy to back it up and mitigate the risk.

(4) A person who has a stack of skills, a number of which compliments your stack of skills.

(5) A hard working person who will inspire you to work on your mind, body, soul, and career.

Positive Masters is an e-commerce store at www.positivemasters.com , which provides lifestyle practices, creative writing, apparel, accessories, and fashion to boost your happiness and counter any stress, anxiety, or sadness you may be facing. We offer free shipping for purchases of $50 or more!

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Dream Cloud Mantra Unisex T-Shirts!


Our Dream Cloud Mantra Unisex T-Shirt will motivate you to work hard every day to achieve your small wins so that you can someday reach your dreams!

Our Dream Cloud Mantra Unisex T-Shirts represent your hustle every day to achieve your small wins in hope of one day reaching your dreams! Keep going!

If you have a dream of who you want to be and what you want to do, you have to put in the effort daily. Over time, all your small wins will add up, and who knows, some years down the road, you’ll be living it!

Our Dream Cloud Mantra Unisex T-Shirts represent your efforts to create your dreams. These shirts are soft and lightweight, with the right amount of stretch. The following are further details of our shirts: 100% combed and ring-spun cotton (heather colors contain polyester); Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2); Shoulder-to-shoulder taping; and Side-seamed.

Positive Masters is an e-commerce store at www.positivemasters.com, which provides lifestyle practices, creative writing, apparel, accessories, and fashion to boost your happiness and counter any stress, anxiety, or sadness you may be facing. We offer free shipping for purchases of $50 or more!

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Part 3 of 3: Live the middle way. From the middle, you can see the light in every dark situation.


Live the middle way. From the middle, you can see the light in every dark situation. It's a super power that will expand your gratitude .

Live the middle way. From the middle, you can see the light in every dark situation. It’s a super power that will expand your gratitude power, another super power, making your positive lifestyle even stronger.

Part 3 of 3: Live the middle way. From the middle, you can see the light in every dark situation.

From the middle, you can see the connection between dark and light because from the middle, you can see everything, dark, light, and all the shades in-between. If you can see the light when you’re in darkness, even a glimmer, then you can be grateful in your darkest moments.

In fact, the more you practice being in the middle, you’ll be able to expand your gratitude practice because you can always see the good (light) in all your bad (dark) situations. This is definitely a super power to have! Here are my 10 examples of how suffering can expand your gratitude practice despite a challenging experience:

1. When a loved one dies, you’re grateful for the time you had with that person.
2. When your romantic relationship falls apart, you’re grateful to have had the opportunity to experience romance.
3. When you fail at a goal, you’re grateful for the lessons you learned from the failure.
4. When you face financial hardship, you’re grateful for every little thing you have that helps you get by.
5. When you provide value for others but get attacked by opposition or critics, you’re grateful for your ability to create value for others and evolve.
6. When facts in litigation aren’t believed by the trier of fact where you face fines, jail, and/or unfavorable rulings you’re grateful that you had the opportunity to tell what happened.
7. When you can no longer drive a vehicle, you’re grateful for public transportation and private sector transportation programs.
8. When your health declines, you’re grateful for still being alive and having what abilities you still have.
9. When you’re wronged by people, you’re grateful for all the positive people in your life.
10. When your life appears to be in turmoil, you’re grateful that you were born to even have a shot at life.

Positive Masters is an e-commerce store at www.positivemasters.com, which provides lifestyle practices, creative writing, apparel, accessories, and fashion to boost your happiness and counter any stress, anxiety, or sadness you may be facing. We offer free shipping for purchases of $50 or more!

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Focus on what you can control! Don’t let your anxiety control you.


Focus on what you can control! Don't let your anxiety control you.

Focus on what you can control! Don’t let your anxiety control you.

As soon as you wake up, express your gratitude for all the good things in your life and do a 5 to 10-minute meditation if you have time. Freshen up, listen to uplifting music, and have a nice breakfast. Avoid your phone and computer until you’re charged up with positive energy because there may be messages and emails in your devices that will raise your cortisol and stress you out before you even had a chance to mentally prepare yourself for your day. It’s like preparing yourself for a match in sports, you want to be mentally ready!

Then when you address your challenges for the day, attack the tasks that you can control. Understand the problems that you can’t control but push them to the side so you can achieve your wins for the day.

[I wrote this post for Positive Masters, an e-commerce store at www.positivemasters.com, which provides lifestyle practices, creative writing, apparel, accessories, and fashion to boost your happiness and counter any stress, anxiety, or sadness you may be facing. We offer free shipping for purchases of $50 or more!]

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Part 2 of 3: Live the middle way. From the middle, you can see the light in every dark situation.


Live the middle way. From the middle, you can see the light in every dark situation.

The middle way. From the middle, you can see the light in every dark situation.

Part 2 of 3: Live the middle way. From the middle, you can see the light in every dark situation.

From the middle, you can see the connection between dark and light because from the middle, you can see everything, dark, light, and all the shades in-between. Darkness won’t consume you because you’ve trained yourself to see the light, even if it’s only a speck, which will make you appreciative of your life in your darkest moments. Nor will you be blinded by light and overlook the darkness hidden beneath it all so you’ll be ready for any negativity that could emerge.

In Part 1, we talked about how we humans are prone to judging others. We can also be very judgmental on our experiences, labeling them as either bad (dark) or good (light). When you experience suffering, you may feel tempted to label it as darkness, which may cause you stress, anxiety, frustration, sadness and/or anger, all negative emotions that pushes aside your happiness and negatively impacts everyone you interact with. From the middle, you’ll be able to see the light in even the most darkest of situations because you’ll be able to recognize the good that came out of a bad situation.

For example, when you fail at something, you’ll be able see the lesson in that failure, a lesson that will make you grow only if you embrace it. You’re able to use that failure as a huge motivator in your self-improvement process. 

When someone you love passes away, you’re able to be grateful for all the experiences you shared with that person. You know that your loved one would want you to be happy and that he or she would be so sad to see you suffering over his or her death. 

So live in the middle to always see the positive in every bad experience. You’ll also be prepared for anything bad that may arise from what you thought was a great situation.

[I wrote this article for Positive Masters, an e-commerce store at www.positivemasters.com, which provides lifestyle practices, creative writing, apparel, accessories, and fashion to boost your happiness and counter any stress, anxiety, or sadness you may be facing. We offer free shipping for purchases of $50 or more!]

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