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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..., 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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Entries: 213
Comments: 66
Views: 167,261

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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: 133


In General Ma-ai Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #192 New 12-06-2015 03:57 PM
Ma-ai
(My Eye)


The jyo came down hard
Catching the left eye just right
Instantly incapacitating my opponent
Unfortunately, my target was his hand

Another, important example
Of how essential ma-ai is in aikido
Harmony of space, so central
To effective and safe practice




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In General At Times Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #191 New 11-29-2015 04:32 PM
At Times


At times
At times I lost my certainty
At times I feared I was wrong
At times I was totally confused
At times I got very, very tired
At times the cosmic wind
Seemed weak, nebulous
A vague dream I once had
Insubstantial, unreal...
At such times, I looked deep
Looked deep within myself
My life before and after
My memories, all my experiences
I looked all around me
At the world, at its condition
At such times, I gathered my resolve
Following that faint thread
Back to its cosmic source
And found the light once again
Waiting



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Views: 152


In General Marvel Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #190 New 11-22-2015 02:09 PM
Marvel


When the sun rises
When at night, the moon
And the stars come out
When it rains, and I
Walk quiet, wet streets
When it snows in hushed wonder
At the dojo, when I sweat
And take in hot breaths
I think of you at all these times
And marvel in joy and gratitude
That you share my life
And, that your nikkyo
Really, really, hurts!



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Views: 159


In General Sleeping Hakama Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #189 New 11-15-2015 05:51 PM
Sleeping Hakama


Sleeping hakama
They rest there
On the tatami
Drying, cooling
Energetic sweat evaporating
From a day's hard practice
Black, empty shapes
Resting proudly
Awaiting their owners'
Eventual return
To fill the empty forms
Once again
With hard practice
And strong technique




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Views: 184


In General Simple Awareness Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #188 New 11-08-2015 03:59 PM
Simple Awareness


In contemplation
Forget the world
Gnaw at the simple awareness
Of your own being
Your own self
Eventually, cast it aside
Into this vacuum created
Will fall a greater something
Where everything dwells




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In General Try as I Might Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #187 New 11-01-2015 05:16 PM
Try as I Might


Try as I might
The monkey mind
Is not as quiet
As the Zen mind
I adjust my breathing
Settling deeper into my zafu
- Forget that itch!
Focus - don't focus
Let everything be - not be
Breathe - not breathe...




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Views: 127


In General My Sacred Place Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #186 New 10-25-2015 06:41 PM
My Sacred Place


My sacred place
Is just a cushion
In front of a mirror
But, I sit there, in zazen
And simply experience
Who and what I am
And, what I might become
A place of rest,
Inspiration, and incubation
The lights are dim
A candle burns
As I sit




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In General When It's Dark Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #185 New 10-18-2015 06:26 PM
When It's Dark


When it's dark
When it's quiet
I go back to my source
Where nothing happens
Though something does
So I sit, letting it occur
Nothing happens
It is dark and quiet




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Views: 224


In General Summer Day Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #184 New 10-11-2015 05:52 PM
Summer Day


In my dream
I hear the dojo bell ring
We are all lined up
Ready for class
As the last ring fades away
Sensei begins class
My aikido is marvelous
Fluidity and harmony
As natural as warmth
On a summer's day
When I wake up
I still hear the fading bell
But my aikido, my aikido
My aikido still awaits
That summer day



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Views: 150



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