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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: 316
Comments: 66
Views: 304,679

In General Smooth Power Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #316 New Today 06:07 PM
Smooth Power

The gi was heavy with sweat and scent
The coarse fabric rough against my skin
Nage drew me close, very close
Irimi Nage can be can be so personal
I mentally commanded my body to relax
To relax and feel the movement
When he threw me I felt
The smooth power and the release
My ukemi was not so smooth
One of many things I need to work on


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In General Just Dance! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #315 New 06-16-2018 04:38 PM
Just Dance!

The whole point of dancing is the dance
No pilgrimage, no sacred journey
No ultimate destination

No end point that has to be arrived at
At a specified time
Just dance!


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In General Mind with Mind Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #314 New 06-09-2018 06:22 PM
Mind with Mind

I try to wash my mind with mind
Forgetting I am more than thought
One more concept, piled on top of
All the other concepts permeating me
Will not set me free

I must gather up Nio energy
Adding that to my arsenal, and
Fill my body with the sword of
Wisdom and the rope of discipline
As a manifestation of Fudo-Myo-o

Only then is freedom possible

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In General Kampai! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #313 New 06-05-2018 05:40 PM
Kampai!

It was post-seminar
We were all sitting around the bar
People telling stories:

You should have seen him!
When he walked into the dojo
he had to bow so his head wouldn't
hit the top of the door frame!


Maybe he was just bowing cause
that's what people do when entering
any dojo
, someone pointed out

Hah, you weren't there!
Was the reply
(A very common refrain,
actually, as the night went on)

When he struck with the bokken or jyo,
we would all have to wear face protectors
cause the splinters would fly everywhere!

That created a big laugh

His wooden tanto was so sharp
it actually drew blood!

Nodding heads all around

I remember when he touched me
Another old-timer voiced, I didn't
know what happened, but I ended up
on the other side of the dojo!


Hell, when he just smiled,
we would all fall down!


Damn, those were incredible times!

All the old-timers agreed in unison

But, now, they all said, this is your
time. Looking around the table,
Now, today, is your time. All of us sitting
here tonight, this is our time together.
One day, you will be the old ones,
telling stories, telling tall tales.
But, for now, here's to the past
and a great teacher -- Kampai!






This poem was inspired by an article in Birankai Aikido News,
by Liese Klein Sensei, quoting some words spoken by George Lyons Sensei,
at a memorial seminar, on the anniversary of Chiba Sensei's death, at Brooklyn Aikikai.
Liberties with t ...More Read More
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In General Supreme Practice Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #312 New 06-02-2018 06:52 PM
Supreme Practice

Daily life is my shugyo
My supreme practice method
Every moment of every day
Everything and everyone
Becomes my dojo, my sensei
My ultimate training hall
Where I grapple and strive
Engaging all in my quest
My practiceless practice
Showing me the way


Views: 75


In General Wabi-Sabi Time Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #311 New 05-25-2018 10:27 PM
Wabi-Sabi Time

I thought she was the most beautiful
Creature on the whole planet
She replied that I had wabi-sabi looks, i.e.
Imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete
Seeing the expression on my face
She further said that this was a good thing
That all inessentials had been eliminated
All excesses trimmed and pared away
Leaving behind only the real
Such that it only grows stronger with time
So I took her down off her pedestal
And, hand in hand, walked with her
Through transient, wabi-sabi time
Loving each and every flawed moment
Of our transitory time together

Views: 76


In General Thoughts Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #310 New 05-19-2018 05:37 PM
Thoughts

I think big, deep thoughts
That get me nowhere
I think small, personal thoughts
That just results in pain
If I try not to think
I drive my car into people
So, I sit and watch TV
I go to the movies
I try to wash my brain clean
Clean of any thoughts
Like a constant flash flood
Scouring the land of all debris
Thoughts swept away, away
When it works, it doesn't last
Thoughts -- my strength, my weakness
I sit and think
Thinking of thoughts

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In General Zazen Wave Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #309 New 04-28-2018 01:27 PM
Zazen Wave

From a row of seated figures
Unmoving, except for their breathing -
Even the chanting has been silenced

I sense a zazen wave moving through the room
A cascade of a unity of beings and commitment
Energized by common intent and purpose

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In General Venn Aikido Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #308 New 04-07-2018 02:10 PM
Venn Aikido

When I practice Aikido
I can't help but think
Of Venn diagrams
(You, too, right?!)
Of nage and uke
Disparate circles - merging
The set of me (nage)
Intersecting with set (uke)
N ∩ U -
The overlapping regions depicting
A set of possible outcomes
I automatically drop down
To Euler diagrams
Eliminating non-relevant options
Allowing me to choose
A fitting technique and outcome -
Ah, if only I were so elegant!

Views: 164


In General Flowing Water Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #307 New 03-31-2018 06:15 PM
Flowing Water

Clouds return to where they were born
When I catch up, I am surrounded by mist
Till I follow the freely flowing water


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