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Nothing Works... Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-12-2012 03:29 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: 315
Comments: 66
Views: 303,762

Entries for the Month of October 2012

In General Eyes Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #29 New 10-28-2012 04:02 PM

As the old adage says:
If you can see the enemy,
the enemy can see you.

Good advice, if you have enemies
But who does not?
Lucky you

Still, the universe is
A hostile place
And the future unfolds
With unknown joy
And pain

Be prepared, why not?
Seek understanding
And your martial art
Of choice
Enough? We'll see
Sitting in zazen
I look into the Void
And see eyes
Looking back

Views: 852

In General I Do Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #28 New 10-21-2012 03:06 PM
I Do

I stand in the center of the circle
Yes and no pursue each other
Around the circumference

Right and wrong, nage and uke
Technique and no-technique
From the still-point of the center

I see all possibilities
My whole being apprehending
Abandoning conscious intent

Mind free, thoughts gone
Moving from direct intuition
I do

Views: 717

In General The Zero Path Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #27 New 10-14-2012 04:48 PM
The Zero Path

Traveling down
Sunless, bleak pathways
Full of tears, pain
And eventual weakness
Holds no answers

In aikido
We try to enter
The place where
Nothing works
Where (e)motion is

Effortless and harmonious
Taking us to
A life path
That can function
In the world

All of life's obstacles
Splendid opportunities
Seeking wu-wei -- non-action
In acceptance of what
Life offers

The Zero Path
Where Nothing
Is Something
Empty yet substantial
At the same time

The Void where all reside
Crafting the quantum
Opportunities offered
That flow in and out
Of existence

Allowing us to navigate
Through myriad choices
Sometimes all too obscure
Clarifying a path
That allows us to see

Views: 909

In General Be the Technique Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #26 New 10-07-2012 03:48 PM
Be the Technique

Be the technique
So I was told
Many times
Over the years

Be the technique?
How the hell, I wondered
Am I supposed
To accomplish that?

Don't perform
The technique
Be the technique!
Oh, yeah, that helps…

Does that mean
When I drink my beer
I should be the beer?
Just wondering…

Views: 1228 | Comments: 2

In General Hobo Kore Dojo Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #25 New 09-30-2012 01:31 PM
Hobo Kore Dojo

Your life is your dojo
Aikido beyond the mat
Where imbalance is rampant
Struggle and frustration
A way of life
Love and harmony
A constant effort
To strive for and achieve

But, if you can see it
Aikido is everywhere
Opportunities to blend
And flow and connect
A whole life
Of walls and barriers
To overcome or fall short

Falling down is not defeat
Take ukemi
And get back up
Falling down is natural
Not getting back up
Is defeat

Views: 1305 | Comments: 4

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