Meditation

It comes up again and again in our classes, so I thought it might be worth jotting down a few thoughts...

When we are mediating should we be focusing on the anchor /meditation support to the exclusion to all else or should we be in some other, looser relationship to it?

Earlier this year I took up kickboxing.

I am de-militarizing my mind,
taking down the barbed-wire strand by strand.

There is or was barely a surface unmined
but gently i am digging in the soil to pull them up.

There's a copy of a text I wrote for a performance piece in 2007 I've just added to the Library.

This is an interesting article by Robert Wright in the New York Times who took a week off from the 'grid' - the Internet, mobile phone, email - while he took a five-day mindfulness retreat. It's thought provoking.

There were - not one, but two articles on the 'nada' sound in this month's London Review of Books.

Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing,
there is a field. I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase 'each other'
doesn't make any sense.

I've been increasingly absorbed by Mindfulness.

The concept comes up a lot in the Buddhist tradition. It's one of the 8 paths the Buddha suggests will cultivate liberation but it's been picked up in the last years to describe a particular practice of open awareness that is promoted as a secular, scientific form of meditation.

It's famously promoted in America by John Kabatt-Zinn but I came to it through a slightly Tibetany version proounded by Rob Nairn. There's an obvious correlation with zazen in the Japanese tradition too.

it's interesting how much of my blogging impetus has moved over here.

Perhaps a change of career foregrounds what was just a side-show interest before, while what used to be bread-and-butter becomes sidelined and shrinks in importance.

(Writing this listening to Morton Feldman's Pianos and Voices - he makes me feel so modern.) 

One of the biggest stumbling blocks when I meditate is thinking