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

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: 356
Comments: 68
Views: 472,007

In General The Full Moon Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #286 New 10-07-2017 07:57 PM
The Full Moon

The full moon
Rising in a clear night sky
So simple, so beautiful

The full moon
Rising in a clear night sky
So simple, so beautiful

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In General Shodan Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #285 New 09-16-2017 10:48 PM

The sword is ready
Now it must be polished

Views: 836

In General Brutal Clarity Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #284 New 09-10-2017 04:58 PM
Brutal Clarity

Brutal clarity
Comforting illusions
Is there really a choice?

Views: 674

In General Say Nothing Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #283 New 09-03-2017 12:27 AM
Say Nothing

Confound the silence
And say nothing

The explosion, when it comes
Will also be silent

Views: 720

In General Think Only of Success Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #282 New 08-26-2017 08:40 PM
Think Only of Success

Think only of success
Failure will take care of itself
After all, it has its own support:
Murphy, coincidence, chance, fate,
Karma, shitty old bad luck -
All its friends
So, think only of success
And enter into the attack

Views: 658

In General Union Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #281 New 08-19-2017 08:26 PM

Some people mistake
Enlightenment, satori, unification
As union with God

Not so
The union, when it happens
Is with yourself

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In General Silent Pathways Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #280 New 08-13-2017 07:36 PM
Silent Pathways

I walk dark lonely roads
But, I am not lonely
There is a bright full moon
Casting myriad moon shadows
Following me as I wander
Down mysterious, silent pathways

Views: 550

In General Sustainable Practice Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #279 New 08-05-2017 10:17 PM
Your aikido will only improve when your concept of aikido improves.
~ Kenjiro Yoshigasaki

Sustainable Practice

As I get older
And my Aikido practice ages
Along with me
I am reminded of the quote above
And how difficult it is
To improve or even sustain
My Aikido practice unless
My concept of Aikido changes
As I do physically
The need to adapt, change, grow
To transform self and art
Is a constant need and struggle
But can only happen
If and when your concepts change
And you are open to this very possibility
This, I constantly remind myself
As I step on the mat
Breathing, moving, breathing, moving
Doing my best to sustain an art
That has also sustained me
For long, hard, joyous decades
I find my mind, my mind finds me
As I move to where my ego smugly sits
And destroy it!

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In General At Peace Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #278 New 07-30-2017 02:28 AM
At Peace

Though I have suffered
The moon is rising
And I am at peace

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In General Mystery Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #277 New 07-22-2017 10:47 PM

There is a mystery to life
An uncertainty, with many unknowns
We try to plan, to predict
And sometimes, we get lucky
But, for the most part we don't
So we come up with ideas
Ideas like fate, destiny, karma,
Or, God's will, god's plan
Some kind of explanation
Beyond the fact that life
Life is just this way - mysterious
But, some would hijack this mystery
This honest mystery and create
A belief in supernatural entities
The gods did this, God did that
Then wrap around this god-belief
Some kind of religious trapping
That then traps people's minds and bodies

We are all looking for some kind of
Self-fulfillment, some meaning
To our lives and the world around us
But, if you can accept the unknown
Accept that the universe has mysteries
Mysteries that aren't supernatural
Mysteries that can slowly be explained
Or, perhaps not....at least, not now
Still, we can look at the world and marvel
We can look at the world and cry
We can look at this world of pain and joy
And have faith - faith in ourselves
Life is billions of temporal paths
All leading into a future
That does not have any perceived clarity
But that does not mean we should
Abdicate our ability to think and reason
They say that if God does not exist
Then we would have to invent him
To explain the mystery and give us comfort
I find comfort in good, intelligent people!
And the mystery, remains just that

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