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Nothing Works... Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-12-2012 04:29 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..., 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: 141
Comments: 62
Views: 112,079

Entries for the Month of June 2014

In General Nothing is Possible Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #118 New 06-29-2014 09:38 PM
Nothing is Possible


In the darkness
I close my eyes
And see everything



Here I sit
Embracing the darkness
Fear is a distant sensation
The void is all around
Finally I see, finally...
Nothing does work
Nothing does matter
Nothing is possible
And it is here, right here
All this time...
Nothing is all around me
And in me - Nothing



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Views: 321


In General Going First Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #117 New 06-22-2014 06:07 PM
Going First


Going first
I move into uke's space
An atemi to the face
Occupies his attention
An ura move and I am
Into his blind spot
From there I have
My choice of techniques
No go-no-sen for me
I always go first



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Views: 332


In General Reishiki Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #116 New 06-15-2014 04:03 PM
Reishiki


Reishiki -- etiquette
As ephemeral as reishi -
Spirit particles
But, just as necessary
To the art as kata or randori

Respect, courtesy, honor
The very spirit behind
What we practice
Without these attributes
We are just thugs

Practicing ways to
Kill and maim each other
Reishiki gives us pause
A bow, a nod, an acknowledgement
That we enter into a mutually

Agreed upon quest, a path
With a certain risk and reward
But, also with a certain trust
A trust that is recognized
In that brief bow, that brief nod

That however hard we practice
We do so under the banner
Of etiquette -- actualizing
The very spirit of the art
Not just the form



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Views: 329


In General Doppelgangers Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #115 New 06-08-2014 03:33 PM
Doppelgangers


You open one door
You close some other one
Hell, you close a
Thousand other ones
Your choice, or
Just let Fate decide

Across the multi-verse
All choices are made
So, perhaps it doesn't matter
Any, and all, choices are valid
Still, you have to live
In this universe
With this particular choice

So, I step forward
Grabbing the door handle
Hesitating, hesitating
Knowing I cannot go back
So, wishing all my doppelgangers luck
I step on through




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Views: 274


In General Limitations Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #114 New 06-01-2014 09:11 PM
Limitations


Rather than just overcoming
Your limitations, instead
Penetrate them, such that
You explore them in detail
In conscious detail

Don't be afraid of suffering
Of pain and failure and confusion
Let your anger and uncertainty
And all your experiences
Guide you deeper and deeper

Into the art such that
The exploration allows you
To come out the other side
Operating beyond mere technique
And transcended in self



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Views: 359




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