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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: 107
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Views: 79,275

In General Dragon or Snake? Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #67 New 07-21-2013 03:19 PM
Dragon or Snake?


You can fill in the eyes
Of the painted dragon
Or, you can add legs
To the painted snake
One may be necessary
One is not

What, in aikido
Needs to be filled in?
What needs to be eliminated?
Or, is it already complete?
Dragon or snake?
Real choices, or...?




www.nothing-works.com
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In General Kyosaku Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #66 New 07-14-2013 02:23 PM
Kyosaku


Desperately
I try to wake up
But I am locked
In the dream
I have no whisk-bearer
To offer wisdom, and
To guide my path
So, many times, humbly,
In gassho
I offer my back
To the kyosaku
Of the world
But I am still not
Awakened
Nonetheless, I continue
My monkey-mind
Doing its best
My limitations
All too apparent




www.nothing-works.com
Views: 436


In General Move! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #65 New 07-07-2013 02:20 PM
Move!



Pushing up off the mat
Sweat dripping off my chin and nose
Hair plastered to my skull
Swearing silently to myself:
Get up! Get up!

The temperature must be
In the lower 90's, at least
The humidity, just god-awful
Air-conditioning, a lovely myth
I heard about in some far off good-land

My gi and hakama
No longer separate
But a part of my sweat-soaked body
Nage waiting patiently
Not in any hurry, himself

Breathe, breathe, my mantra
Shit, quit talking and just get up!
Movement can give the illusion of progress
So, at least, let me feed that illusion
And, just move!




www.nothing-works.com
Views: 329


In General The Meaning of Life Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #64 New 06-30-2013 04:10 PM
The Meaning of Life



The meaning of life
Is that it ends,
It is said
So, what to do
Prior to this ending?
Try to prolong it?
Go for quality, only?

Building, enjoying,
Family and friends
And ongoing moments
With focused attention to detail
Of an ever-present Now
A Now that promises eternity
In each drop of time

A journey of samadhi-time
Universal moment
After universal moment
Embracing the sand and pebbles
Of everyday life
All there is
And all there ever will be

Still, prolonging the end
Seems reasonable, too
So, I wear my seat-belt
Take my vitamins
Diligently practice my aikido
And renew my Cryonic
Association's fees




www.nothing-works.com
Views: 383


In General Dreaming Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #63 New 06-23-2013 04:11 PM
Dreaming



Do trees dream?
If so, of what?

The tall, ancient conifer
Does it dream of
The cold north
Of chill winds
Blowing through its needles
Of the sun, pale in
Occluded skies?

The giant oak
Does it dream of
Sensuous seasons
Coming and going
It growing strong in
The endless cycles
Of birth, death, and rebirth?

The ginkgo tree
Does it dream
Of forever
Ancient and strong
Its leaves shimmering
On breezes from
The future?

When I dream of trees
Do we dream in harmony?





www.nothing-works.com
Views: 362


In General Road Trip Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #62 New 06-16-2013 01:51 PM
Road Trip


Nothing ahead but darkness
With my headlights -- already
On high-beam -- probing, probing
My car bulleting into the dark
Fully confident of the road
Continuing on ahead -
At least as far as the headlights
Can reach, anyway...
Moving, yet steady guide markers
Pointing the way, a tunnel through the void

The car's ride smooth
Leather seats, cushions, and springs
Soaking up any small bumps
The wind whistling past the windshield
Invisible movement
The low hum and slight vibration
Of the big engine reassuring
An occasional bug splattering on the glass
The surrounding landscape invisible
But felt and sensed, nonetheless

The miles sliding by
The minutes, then hours, left behind
Road signs and the occasional billboard
Picked up by the headlights
Then quickly left behind, flashing past
After a while, it seems like the road
Is all there is and all that ever was
My destination seems unimportant
The journey all there is, never ending
As I plummet into darkness




www.nothing-works.com
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In General Staff/Shout! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #61 New 06-09-2013 03:14 PM
Staff/Shout!


Your dark side follows
Wherever you go
A constant companion
Even as you read
The Scriptures

Not everyone today has
The staff of Te Shan*
Or the shout of Lin Chi*
To guide them
And liberate them




www.nothing-works.com

*Blue Cliff Record, Intro xxiii
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In General Pain Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #60 New 06-02-2013 03:58 PM
Pain



Nothing like having
The pain beaten out of you
(Or into you, at first!)
Applied Aikido technique
After technique
After technique
Practice
After practice
Year
After year
Then, if you can still
Feel the pain
More severe training
Is required!
So some say

As uke, experiencing pain
Your power disappears
Your awareness enters the pain
And your focus is redirected
Till you are lost
Still, you seek out such
Blessful opportunities
Again and again
To add to the pain
Only then with complete
Absorption, relaxation
And redirection can you
Learn from and eventually
Overcome the pain
And gain from its lessons




www.nothing-works.com
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In General Memorial Day Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #59 New 05-26-2013 03:47 PM
Memorial Day



It has been said
That heroism is the
brilliant triumph of the soul
over the flesh
*

When we celebrate
Memorial Day
Or, Remembrance Day
What we usually remember
Though, is not the heroism

But the loss
The loss of family,
Friends, comrades-
in-battle -- all loved ones
Dearly loved, dearly missed

Glory-dazzled battles
Be damned!
To have our loved ones back
Is all that's really wanted!





Some of you may have noticed that the past few postings have been about war and battle and such, leading up to today's posting of Memorial Day. I hope that you will take some time, this Memorial Day weekend, to remember the original purpose behind this time and give a nod, however briefly, to our men and women in our military services and to all our veterans out there.

Please see the Forum discussion on "heroism".

*Henri Frederic Amiel: (27 September 1821 -- 11 May 1881) was a Swiss philosopher, poet and critic.
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In General Tell Me About the Rain Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #58 New 05-19-2013 07:07 PM
Tell Me About the Rain



Tell me about the rain
Tell me about pain
And suffering and loss
Tell me about vultures
Pecking at carcasses
On the side of the road
Tell me about IEDs
And suicide bombers

Tell me about screaming
At the night sky
Your soul fractured
And on fire
Consuming itself
With grief and rage and fear
Tell me, and then
Maybe, I'll listen to you




www.nothing-works.com
Views: 356



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