Meditation

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