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Nothing Works... Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-12-2012 03:29 PM
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Meditations...

This poem and others are available in my books, Nothing Works: Meditations on Aikido, Buddhism, the Tao, Zen, and other inconsequential things....and, Nothing Special, and Nothing Matters..., available thru Amazon.com, in print and Kindle editions and Barnes & Noble websites.....Also available as an e-book via Smashwords.com. Try this link: www.nothing-works.com for the full array of options.
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Status: Public
Entries: 341
Comments: 68
Views: 353,712

In General Misogi Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #341 New 10-12-2019 08:08 PM
Misogi

Aikido is my regular misogi practice
No talking, tongue to roof of mouth,
Breathing through the nose
Warm-ups with torifume,
With furitama, with otakebi
Responding as uke without thinking
(Or, at least, trying to)
Performing as nage without thinking
(Or, at least, trying to)
No other-criticism
No self-criticism
No self
Quiet


Views: 76


In General Self-Hood Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #340 New 09-29-2019 06:36 PM
Self-Hood

To say: Ergo cogito, ergo sum
Is like looking into a mirror
And saying:
Look, I have discovered reality
Can self explore self
And declare self-hood?


Views: 102


In General Outcome Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #339 New 09-21-2019 06:59 PM
Outcome

I have a friend, and sometimes our
conversations get a little weird.


I take a phenomenological approach
to the world
. He said

What do you mean? I asked

Well, I view the world based on
my subjective experiences.

So, I replied, you're a Buddhist?

No. Wait. What?
I never thought of it that way.


So, is your subjective approach
working for you?

Well, I tend to get a little depressed.
I despair of finding the Truth

Is that American existentialist despair?
Or, Buddhist despair?

Whoa, wait, what's the difference?

The outcome.


Views: 115


In General Cresting the Wave Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #338 New 09-01-2019 03:56 PM
Cresting the Wave

Cresting the wave
Feeling it power
Feeling its surging purpose
Heading headlong towards
Towards the far horizon

But, looking behind me
I see other waves following
Wave after wave after wave
All upon a motionless ocean


Views: 321


In General Tea Time After Aikido Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #337 New 06-08-2019 08:04 PM
Tea Time After Aikido

After Aikido class
We all go to a coffee shop
(Some have tea!)
We are mostly too old to
Care to go to a bar…
And, sweat cooling
We all discuss the class
Techniques, successes, failures
General pain and suffering
And then usually move
On to other subjects
(Religion, Politics, War, Logic,
Math, Science, Stupidity, etc.
all the common ailments
of Humankind)
A long-time class tradition
An open invitation
Sometimes outsiders join us
Old café denizens creeping out
Of the dark recesses of the coffee shop
Drawn to our charisma!
Calling us Sensei, Ninja Master…-
Who are we to disabuse them
And crush their souls?
But, then, Joseph starts talking
And we are all brought down to Earth
Still, we miss him when
He is gone and like him
So, we smile and nod our heads
(Sometimes slapping his)
And let the Aikido universe spin on
With cup o'tea in hand

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In General Wandering Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #336 New 05-21-2019 03:36 PM
Wandering

I exist in a world that
Is not as it seems
It is so easy to get lost
Wandering
I long to see past the illusion
Past misleading thoughts
I seek the hidden principles
The true reality behind it all
To find my true self
And finally become conscious
I fart and stand up, stretching
From my lotus position
Am I conscious, yet?
How would I know?




The greatest barrier to consciousness is the belief
that one is already conscious.

~ P.D. Ouspensky
Views: 280


In General Conversing In Silence Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #335 New 05-05-2019 06:46 PM
Conversing In Silence

How many times are you going
to read all this stuff?
I mean, you always read stuff.
When does it end?
Are you that much smarter, now?
And you are always doing those weird things,
you know, martial arts and meditation stuff.

Well, I could say it is a process.
I am ignorant.
I am trying to learn how to BE
So, I read and read.
I study
I practice.


Yeah, I get that.
But, when does it end?

Think of it as a ladder, or,
if you are older, like me, an escalator.
One day I will no longer need to climb.
I will just sit
Just sit and be still
Bypassing all the learning
Bypassing all the processes
Actually trying to unlearn all my learning
To be unwise, as it were
And, BE there -- actually, be HERE


That's it?
That's what all this is about?

Well, yes and no.

What?!
Don't give me that mystical mumbo-jumbo.

I'm not trying to, but it's hard to explain.
Being-in-the-world is just the beginning.
It is merely a transition


To what?

Well, I'm sure when I reach that place
I will not have the words to explain it.
It is a non-verbal state, after all.

But, but….

Exactly…
Perhaps then, we both could just sit
and converse in silence, and be unwise
together


Views: 400


In General Falling Leaves Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #334 New 04-28-2019 07:25 PM
Falling Leaves

They say that death and sacrifice
Are necessary for life and well-being
That apoptosis - the falling leaves
Of programmed cell death
Lead to a harmonious life
Till?


Views: 450


In General Drop of Eternity Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #333 New 04-21-2019 04:43 PM
Drop of Eternity

This place where we are now
This mere drop of eternity
That is perpetually moving
We can only stop it
If we are still


Views: 406


In General Master Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #332 New 04-14-2019 07:28 PM
Master

Master
Please take me to the far shore
I cannot reach it alone
The Promised Land beckons
Please, help me!
Movement gives the illusion of progress
Am I progressing, Master?
I chant
I breathe in the incense
I purge myself
I meditate
Wait till the last sentient creature
In the universe is enlightened?
What?
That's a really long time!
How do I know I've reached Buddhahood?
In whatever I do?
But, but…
I have to break myself?
How do I do that?
Hard work?
But, but…
Can't you just give me the
Magic mantra?
Master?


Views: 258



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