Mind and matter.

June 21, 2017 § 4 Comments

Mind offers an opinion.

Then another.

And another.

That’s what a whirring machine like Mind does. There are so many factors to take into account! Past experience, prejudices, things read in the paper, the weather, how my hair looks today.

Mind is a more-is-better opinion generator, a fun guy, but one who never stops talking.

Today I want to speak up for Mind’s silent partner, Body. If you want an opinion rooted in the present state of things ask Body. And you do have to ask, because, like I said, Body is silent. And rarely in charge.

Mind makes most decisions in this partnership, bossing Body around big-time.

Mind says, do this, and Body does. Body would add a “Yes boss, whatever you say boss,” but Body exists in a language-free state (one of the reasons Mind disrespects it).

Mind never asks for Body’s input, and when Body tugs at Mind with the need to, say, rest, Mind gives Body a quick pep talk. Suck it up! When the going gets tough, the tough get going!

Mind has little respect for Body—that dumb old hunk of meat.

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In the moment.

June 15, 2017 § 2 Comments

There is a way to live in the moment that does not impart the peace and sunlight of Zen.

In this relentless present there is no calm, no oneness with the universe.

A place of isolation and aloneness, this endless “now” goes by the name of Poverty.

Those who live in poverty in this affluent country stand perpetually in the snow looking through a brightly lit store window at all that is out of reach. And the needle of time barely moves.

The poor try to luck their way out, but poverty is the scratch-off ticket that never yields to luck, but is ditched instead in the convenience store parking lot where it lies with it’s worthless brothers soaking up the rain. « Read the rest of this entry »

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