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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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Status: Public
Entries: 125
Comments: 62
Views: 96,677

In General In Death Ground Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #105 New 03-30-2014 02:19 PM
In Death Ground


In death ground - fight!
So goes the saying
When all cleverness
And strategy has failed
And the enemy
Has the high ground
Metaphorically or physically

Where rational thought
Wisdom has no place
Fight - irrationally, recklessly
Attack! Attack! Attack!
Even if you die
Remember, this is
Death ground!
Perhaps for both!




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Views: 263


In General Dark Matter Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #104 New 03-23-2014 02:36 PM
Dark Matter


Dark matter
There is something
Something beyond
The obvious
A part of you
That lurks in shadow
Influencing events
Influencing you
That keeps you
Pulled off center

Never quite sure why -
Why things don't work out?
Why things fall apart?
Why you fail?
Unless you can align
Your two centers
Dark and light
Evident and obscure
Control will always
Be illusionary



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In General Taijitu Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #103 New 03-16-2014 02:20 PM
Taijitu


Taijitu....
I have heard it described as
The diagram of ultimate power
Finally, I think I understand
What this means - finally!

Did I mention how slow I am?
Not just a symbol of
A deep philosophical insight
Which it is, only more -
But a practical, functional map

Again, hidden in plain sight!
The union of opposing forces:
Aiki......
Staring right in front of me
All this time!




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In General Vulnerable & Mortal Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #102 New 03-09-2014 08:01 PM
Vulnerable & Mortal


Vulnerable and mortal
The crashing blade
Reminded me of that

Despite all my training
All my practice
Duck, blend, tsuki!
All my striving

Nothing would change
These immutable facts:
Vulnerable and mortal
An old lesson, forever new



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In General Shadows Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #101 New 03-02-2014 09:05 PM
Shadows


Shadows -- they hide
They obscure
They provide protection
And possibilities
And, they are not
Always apparent

Two sides
Omote and ura
Front and back
The obvious and the hidden
But, shadows, shadows can
Sometimes be so illuminating
And provide a lesson
Beyond the obvious




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In General Keiko Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #100 New 02-23-2014 09:34 PM
Keiko


I move, he moves, I move
Again and again, and again
Though we are doing
Futari keiko - paired practice
It seems as though
I am doing hitori keiko - solo practice
My mind seems detached
Following both our movements
As nage, as uke, as uke, as nage...
Well, you get it...
As both at once...

More of a jukko keiko --
A meditative practice
I calmly watch his feet, his hands
I feel his center and move with it
The koshi-nage feels smooth
The irimi-nage, less so
Still, the flow is all there
I can see it, feel it, follow it
I just have to let it all go
And have faith in my own abilities
And that the center can hold




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In General Khakkhara Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #99 New 02-16-2014 02:01 PM
Khakkhara


My alarm-staff
Lets creatures
And the faithful
Know I am coming
But what good is it
When I don't know
Where I am going?



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Views: 354


In General Mirror Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #98 New 02-09-2014 06:51 PM
Mirror


Truth and beauty
Do I see it in the dojo?
How about harmony?

The dust of everyday life
Accumulates, dirtying
Perceptions, hiding
Nothingness

Each day I brush
The dust
Off my mind

Like the mirror nestled
In the kamiza
I try to reflect truth
And beauty in my actions

In my techniques
But this is an endless task
Requiring constant dusting



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In General Nothing Works Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #97 New 02-02-2014 06:46 PM
Nothing Works


Entering the realm
Where nothing matters
Where nothing works
Moving, untouched

Without resistance
Or restraint
I stand behind
My charging enemy



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In General Cutting Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #96 New 01-26-2014 06:34 PM
Cutting


Closing with
My opponent
I raise my ken

And with a clear,
Loud kiai! I cleave
The air, but not
To cut my opponent!

But, rather, to cut
The misunderstanding
Between us




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