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how do you practice it?
to clarify, this is not asking for your interpretation of zen, but rather, how do you find that zone, the one where the voices in your head are quiet, you hear only nature & let the confusion of the moment fade?
i find it walking mostly. its the only kind of exercise i can do, so i walk my dogs, then usually have a walk by myself where i can consciously try to push out all thoughts other than staying out of the way of cars and vicious squirrels and geese
perhaps its not something others do. its not complicated really. you can begin to make other associations when your mind clears...the zen will manifest itself
nope, no time. no time left for me, no time left for you. we want it now, nothing else to do. as we descend into the pits debasement & texting & tweeting.
come come, surely some of you pathetic fat losers must try some new age stuff
I've always seen you as a Mahatma, a man of the people. Perhaps you now envision yourself a Roshi of sorts. I suppose you ponder to solve the koan of the sound of one hand clapping during your meditative strolls.
I would have pegged you more as an aficionado of the ancient practice of Tai Chi which is particularly useful to those such as yourself who are athletically challenged due to age and health issues.
I suppose you dabble in feng shui as well as it helps in keeping a sense of balance and harmony. You don't strike me as a new age follower.
call it meditation call it zen, i find all too little of it in life that i see john
surely you cannot carp over the tranquility of the mind being a good place to be, at times?
if i aspire to lofty goals, walking two mutts wont get me there. neither will solitary walks where i try to clear my mind of the rubble...i suppose its addictive enough.
but, too much talk talk talk talk makes man a sickly sort. now tweet that. text it too. go on facebook, then watch fox news while reading ayn rand & scouring the internet for insolent teachers....bruce springsteen sang please dont stop me mr state trooper....talk shows talk talk talk until you lose your soul
meanwhile, i am going back over tilled ground, the gilded age, the rise of industrial america. the jp morgans carnegies the goulds & our buddies the injuns
i find these days leading up to the flowering of progressivism conservationism & modern liberalism a delight.
much do i se tr as our own special brand of american fascist...the politics of which were only beginning to sprout green shoots
if only he had won in 1916 we could have had our own napoleon, for i am convinced he was power bonkers & war & blood lusting in his soul
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breathing is certainly a prerequisite. the beauty of using running or walking for meditation is that breathing is part & parcel of the behavior.
doing it safely, not being so transfixed as to walk into a suv, that is also important
ultimately, reflection is a luxury most cannot afford anymore. pity
In Tai Chi breathing is not only a prerequisite, it is taught as an integral technique to the practice.
i truly miss being able to get out & "run" or go to the gym & play hoops for a hour or so.
my back neck & knees will not permit but simply nothing could clear my mind more than some decent scenery a mild day & a flat course to run
i am into some things, but running up hills never got me too thrilled. if i am going to run up mountains i need more motivation than a jog. low threshold of pain i guess
I would think swimming would be perfect for you. It is terrific exercise, and when you are swimming, you can pretty much tune anything out.
yoga, some tai chi, and practicing piano...nothing that a bach invention cant zone out.
for more physical activities: kayaking, hiking and playing paintball.
This post was edited by Tyler Hull 13 months ago
i could not tune out women in bikinis. even at the local pool some of the new moms are quite hot...plus the occasional seasonal lifeguard hottie
very limited attention span. thus the complete need for me to zone out, i mean totally.
be still voices
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