It is said that Master Toshiba created some rules to live by, which she practiced every day of her precious life.
Before dressing each morning, cough vigorously five times, stretch until you touch the ceiling and meditate upon the sky.
Go to bed late. Eat whenever you feel like it or when food is offered and never eat more than you can chew.
Never receive guests when you are in a foul mood and don’t visit others when you are upset, sad, or depressed. There is no point in having your negative emotions rub off on someone else.
Always say the first thing that comes to mind and don’t hesitate to let others know how you feel and what you think. Otherwise, how will anybody get to know the real you?
Seize every opportunity by the throat and don’t let go until you have derived some satisfaction and understanding of the situation.
Meditate on the past daily and try to figure out your past mistakes. When thinking of the future, make sure to plan ahead as much as possible, so you have some control over what takes place.
Keep the innocence of a child, the wisdom of an elder, and stand steadfast in what you know and don’t know.
Before retiring for the night, cough and stretch, walk quietly in a circle counter-clockwise for three rotations and always sleep with your head at the foot of the bed.
If you can’t go to sleep, drink a large glass of lime juice, repeat your bedtime routine, and go to the toilet before you lay your body down to rest.
More coughing and stretching at: Zen Master Tova Tarantino Toshiba: The Illustrious and Delusional Abbess of Satire.