Posts Tagged "Meditation"

My Wobbly Bicycle, 22

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Archive | 19 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 22

If feels as if you’re utterly emptied of yourself, then one day you feel yourself starting to fill up again. Or, maybe, you’re a dry stalk, and you feel some green, pale at first, coming back. This round of chemo’s stayed with me for seven days. Each recovery’s slower. I seem to be a bit better, now, but not quite “back.” What, you ask,  do I mean when I say I don’t feel well? My stomach feels sour and icky, but the main thing is tired. Not an ordinary tired—a deep, accumulative tired. Not sure how to describe it. Example: Monday I went to the hospital for my weekly...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 13

Posted by on Feb 27, 2013 in Archive | 19 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 13

I’m on my back. The red laser-beams have me in their cross-hairs. I’m staring up at where four ceiling tiles have been replaced with light-permeable photographs of an autumn scene, a creek flowing around a rock, rocks on the bank with yellow leaves plastered against them, a yellow forest behind. All is in flux. Or, this too will pass. I try to think what’s meant, who chose this yellow autumn scene instead of green spring or high summer. The autumn of life, maybe. Nah. The foot-thick door is shut with only me inside. The machine circles and steadies itself before it starts up with its...

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Dinty Moore’s Book on Writing and Meditation

Posted by on Apr 13, 2012 in Archive | 3 comments

Dinty Moore’s Book on Writing and Meditation

As both a meditator and a writer, I wondered what Dinty Moore would have to say in his new book, The Mindful Writer,  about the relation of one to the other. He sent me his book and answered a few questions I asked him after I read it. Q:  Young writers for years have been told to “show, don’t tell,” and to “pay attention.” Is what you mean here in your book a different kind of attention, different in quantity or quality in some way? A:  Paying attention is always a good thing, but I think my book is arguing for a different type of paying attention. We can fool ourselves when...

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I’m Thinking about Meditaton and Art

Posted by on Jan 9, 2012 in Archive | 0 comments

I’m Thinking about Meditaton and Art

As a long-time Buddhist practitioner, I’ve particularly liked teaching Keats’s “Ode on a Grecian Urn.” I get to ask, “Is it true? Is ‘beauty truth, truth beauty’? Is that really ‘all we know and all we need to know’? If they have all their cylinders firing, students get curious about what Keats means by truth, where it can be seen, what it has to do with beauty, and what beauty might mean.  Buddhists, of course, have been asking such questions for over 2500 years. If I take Keats’s assertion and question it from a Buddhist perspective, I get something like: Are there...

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