To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure? But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure.

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Vivianecasimir

Viviane Casimir is the founder of Myoku, a Zen mind-body alignment through meditation, breathing techniques, and martial arts movements, with the aim of fostering inner peace and self-realization. Viviane has a multicultural and multidisciplinary background that enriches both her personality and professional approach. From academia to Wall Street, and now as a Myoku Mind-Body coach, Viviane has found her purpose in raising consciousness on the planet and helping individuals develop inner peace for self-empowerment and leadership. Viviane holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and a B.S. in Biology. Additionally, she holds a 2nd Dan in Kyokushin Karate (IKO), a certificate in Tai Chi Chuan from the New York Shaolin Center, and a mastership in Usui Reiki. She is a member of the Kwan Um School of Zen, and her Buddhist name is Myong Oh. Viviane has conducted Myoku workshops in the USA, Canada, France, and Norway, and has curated a Zen Stones Exhibition based on Myoku principles in New York City (2012) and Montreal (2019). She has published academic articles on science and literature and has contributed numerous pieces on meditation and spirituality to online magazines like SivanaEast. Additionally, Viviane is the author of a short novel titled "The Three Desert Stones," which draws from Zen and fantasy, reflecting her childhood in Morocco (available on Amazon). Currently, she is working on a book about Myoku titled "A Walk in the Bamboo Forest." Fluent in French and English, Viviane also has some proficiency in Swedish.

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