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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: 128
Comments: 62
Views: 99,446

In General Fractal Aikido Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #48 New 03-10-2013 04:57 PM
Fractal Aikido



Fractal Aikido
Practice after practice
Technique after technique
Iteration after iteration
Pattern after pattern

Set by the initial condition
Of each attack
Nage and uke move
Infinitely self-similar
Fragments of the whole

Nage, uke, strange attractors
Revolving around each other
Hunting for a common center
A dynamical system
Creating a symmetry

With nage and uke
Uke and nage
Repeating through time
Again and again
Swirls upon swirls

Seeking wholeness
To unit body and spirit
But achieving only
Rough approximations
Of the ideal, repeating




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In General Living in the Now Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #47 New 03-03-2013 04:44 PM
Living in the Now



Living in
The Now
Is different
Than living for
The moment

One will enhance
Your perceptions
The other
Will land you
In jail!




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In General Shiva's Dance Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #46 New 02-24-2013 03:41 PM
Shiva's Dance



In Aikido, I learn
Technique after technique
As nage, as uke
Moving, flowing
Throwing, being thrown
Pinning, being pinned
Practice after practice
Year after year
My very own Shiva's dance
Creation and destruction
Trying to dispel my
Ignorance, my laziness
And my evil thoughts

All under the guise
Of a martial art
Seeking the flame
Of wisdom and direction
Attempting to overcome
Personal limitations
By sweat and effort
And pain and humility
On and off the mat
Seeking unity by
Embracing and refining
Repetitive strategies
To discover something new





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In General Butt Up! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #45 New 02-17-2013 04:50 PM
Butt Up!



In the pond
The upside-down
Duck

In order to feed
It must expose its butt
To the universe

An odd way
To survive and thrive
Yet it does, somehow

Head down, butt up
Is there a message
Here, somewhere?





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In General True Self Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #44 New 02-10-2013 04:24 PM
True Self



Sitting in zazen
Thinking of not thinking
Quiet, still, calm, going deep
The room, my zafu
All there, but gone

Sensing the oscillations of
Vibrating strands of energy
God's stringed instrument
Aligning with my own
A music that needs

No interpretation
A silent, private kototama
Resonating powerfully
With my true self
Becoming one





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In General The Poem Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #43 New 02-03-2013 03:46 PM
The Poem



The poem must be
Empty, pure perception
Each word necessary
Creating the mood with
Simplicity, depth, and silence

Silence that seeps around the edges
Words conveying the meaning
A meaning once found
Forgetting the words
Comes naturally

Each word resonating
In the emptiness
Of the white page
The emptiness of wholeness
From which the words emerge

Like emergents from
The quantum sea
Seeking their own meaning
From a perfect mind
Reading already forgotten words





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In General Moonglow Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #42 New 01-27-2013 04:01 PM
Moonglow



A spangled sky
With a full moon
Honoring the night
Illuminating my
Shadow companion
And me as we
Absorb the glow
And discuss the nature
Of the sutras
And the character
Of falling leaves

I learn about the night
From the night
I learn about the moon
From the moon
While my shadow
And I reach an
Agreement on nothing
As the moon sets
Quietness slowly settles
And I hear
The roaring silence




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In General Basho Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #41 New 01-20-2013 04:08 PM
Basho


Sitting in a Tim Hortons
In Chillicothe, Ohio
Sipping my coffee
Reading haiku by Basho,
Buson, and Issa

The neon lights
Of a McDonald's
Across Bridge Street
Occluded occasionally
By passing cars

Locals sitting around me
Coming and going
Discussing local stuff
Unless one visits such places
They are hard to describe





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Views: 560


In General Face of Death Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #40 New 01-13-2013 04:01 PM
Face of Death



In the face of death
We are speechless
Speechless with fear

But need we be?
The great unity of death
Binds us all

Yet death is simple
Perhaps it is life
That we fear?

The fear of failure
And disappointment
The pain and suffering

Of life and living
The difficult things
Expected of us

Before we die
Courage, strength,
Sacrifice, endurance

Perhaps the
Way of the Warrior
Or, maybe, better said as:

The Spirit of the Warrior --
Budo, is the answer
A way to live life

That prepares us for death
And at that final moment
Gives us a voice






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In General Blade's Edge Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #39 New 01-06-2013 03:46 PM
Blade's Edge


The flowers blossom
In the spring
The leaves wither
In the fall

Balancing on
My sword's edge
The blade sharp
Clear and invisible

I navigate through
Ten thousand things
Without thought
Or movement





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