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Nothing Works... Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-12-2012 03:29 PM
James Sawers
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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: 222
Comments: 66
Views: 179,045

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In General Common Vibration Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #202 New 02-07-2016 05:23 PM
Common Vibration


Sometimes I achieve clarity
Certainly an altered state
Not often, unpredictably
But when it happens
I am grateful
I get to see past the curtain
If only for a moment
And realize, looking back
That there is no curtain
Like a full moon
Behind the clouds
Always there
Just obscured by a few
Insubstantial shades
Easily dispersed
Revealing everything
I try to carry these moments
With me, especially in dark times
I just wish I could do this at will
But, I have to settle
For these few, far between moments
When the curtain disappears
And I can see the world and myself
Clearly, and feel the common vibration
That unifies everything



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In General Silent Night Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #201 New 01-31-2016 05:19 PM
Silent Night


It was a silent night in the dojo
The only sounds to be heard
Were the grunts of effort
The thuds and slaps
Of aikidoka bodies striking the mat
And the quiet growl of suffering




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In General Distortions Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #200 New 01-24-2016 06:51 PM
Distortions


If I am unfortunate enough
I could have all my questions answered
No more tormented dreams
My quest would then be over

Would I then stand there frozen
One with an all-knowing god?
Fixed to reality, as a museum insect
Pinned to a display rack

Watching my reflection
From a window distorted by rain
I thank that unknown god
For all my limitations



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Views: 146


In General Enso Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #199 New 01-17-2016 04:47 PM
Enso


Tilting the whiskey bottle
Up to my thirsty lips
The last dregs trickle
Down a throat long parched
Looking down inside
The long empty bottle
The bottom looks back
I see the enso at its base
Telling me that I have found
The nothingness I have
Always looked for




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Views: 144


In General I am the Buddha Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #198 New 01-10-2016 05:43 PM
I am the Buddha


I am the Buddha
And I die
This is change
This is natural
I lie down
And I die
No miracle happens
I die
And the world goes on
Side by side with death
As always



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Views: 149


In General Rank & Acclaim Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #197 New 01-03-2016 06:10 PM
Rank & Acclaim


He moved
Hesitantly and slowly

Once weekly attendance
With occasional seminars

And twenty years of struggle
Still not enough

To achieve intuitive knowledge
And fluidity of movement

Still, rank and acclaim
Were not his goals

He had a lifetime
And the journey was enough



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In General Shogatsu Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #196 New 12-31-2015 05:37 PM
Shogatsu


It is hard to miss
The toll of the bells
Though I gotta admit
I tend to lose count
Does this mean my prior
Years' sins are not forgiven?
Best I can do is not
Choke on my mochi
After all that sake
And sweet amazake
The night before on
Omisoka - New Year's Eve
Still my first sunrise --
Hatsuhinode, should be
Something, as should be
Hatsugeiko -- my first
Aikido practice later that day
Traditionally, we usually toss
Each other 108 times, though I
Tend to lose count here too
Guess I'm destined to carry
My sins forward, as usual




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Views: 200


In General Moments Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #195 New 12-27-2015 05:35 PM
Moments


It was one of those moments
Walking, the sky the color
Of an old used ice rink
Snow falling, falling heavily
When it seemed to hesitate
Hesitate in mid-air
Everything seemed to slow down
A second or a century
Could have passed by
I could see individual snow flakes
Slowly turning as they fell
Detailed structures, oh, so apparent
Everything was so clear
Click, and the moment was gone
I always remember such moments
Such rare moments
And crave their return



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In General Nirvana Calling Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #194 New 12-20-2015 04:12 PM
Nirvana Calling


Nirvana calling
Really...
Settle back....breathe
Nothing else....breathe
Belief is not required
Forget the Bodhi tree
Forget the masters
In fact, forget everything
Forget breathing
Just do it
Just...




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Views: 214


In General Mirror, Myself Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #193 New 12-13-2015 05:07 PM
Mirror, Myself


I look into the mirror
And see my great enemy -
Myself -
Mara, the Demon Lord
Brings forth his hosts -
Lures and temptations...
But, I sit immovable
Till only myself remains
And I see the world
And myself for what they are




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Views: 159



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