Friday, March 30, 2007

Jazz

Daily Meditation:

Destroy 'the ego', hound it, beat it, snub it, tell it where it gets off? Great fun, no doubt, but where is it? Must you not find it first? Isn't there a word about catching your goose before you can cook it? The great difficulty here is that there isn't one. - 'Posthumous Pieces' by Wei Wu Wei
Realizing there is no ego. It is a construct of the mind and of philosophers who need a driving force within man to control and actions and outcomes of our thoughts and the reasoning behind them. Difficult it is to overcome the destructive nature of the drive and the seeming need to eliminate it. Instead of working against ourselves and fighting and defeating our beings when we embrace who we are and desire to make a change there is no longer something to eliminate since that something has never been there?
Eliminate what we do not know and what we have not seen. Change to become something other then who we are and how we are driven. Yes, destructive are we, am I. Change I can.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Rainbow

Cleaning the barn and the rain and all and this rainbow appeared. Very beautiful. Not a bad photo for the camera phone. Thanks to everyone for all the help getting ready for the move on Saturday. We are meeting at the Barn at 10:00 to load up and head to the new studio at 12th and Western.

Daily Meditation

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. - Oliver Wendell Holmes
It is important to stretch. We work out (at least on rare occasion) and have learned the importance of stretching before hand. Stretching the mind allows room for growth and change. I have learned in just the past little while how intolerant I truly am. Unwilling to change and accept others and events. My mind closed to possibilities. Strange to say that as I think of myself as accepting and tolerant. Blind to that which I do not want to see. Seeing in others that which I myself need to work on the most.
This also floats with peak expriecnes and what happens when we witness something so very changing in life. Blowing the mind it can never return to the other state it once knew. Often I think it is like people who have been to the moon, they are never able to relate to the normal human being again, their experiences being so far afield of the rest of us.

TEDTalks (audio, video)

TEDTalks (audio, video)
This was passed along as a cool site. I think it is. Check it out when time allows.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Victrola coffee

To cap off some of the Seattle highlights. Victrola Coffee. Up the hill in the trendy area. just east of broadway I think. Cool little place. Nice art on the walls. Good tables. Kind folks serving the coffee. I had a good con panna here. Nice full bodied coffee. I would think this would be a nice neighborhood place to go. Not really my neighborhood place but good nevertheless.

Daily Meditation:

We say, "In calmness there should be activity; ' in activity there should be calmness." Actually, they are the same thing; to say "calmness" or to say "activity" is just to express different interpretations of one fact. There is harmony in our activity, and where there is harmony there is calmness. - D.T. Suzuki
Calmness is not without action. There is activity but it does not have to be hurried or overwhelming. We can act and be calm. We can think and not rush. We can be and act and integrate meditation into our being. I have been interested in the wu wei. The action without action. When nothing is done, nothing is left undone. Taking the full force of what there is to be done and not doing nothing but doing things in such a way without doing. Peace and care and yet eliminate the stress. Don't do but be. When we do the work it consumes us differently then when we are the work. In being we become that which needs to be completed. In doing we are separate again and struggle through to completion. and so once again be don't just do. Be the Ball.

Glory Hole

The glory hole at the Glassworks in Seattle. Cool little hot shop and gallery in downtown Seattle's Pioneer Square.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Daily Meditation

I teach that the multitudinousness of objects have no reality in themselves but are only seen of the mind and, therefore, are of the nature of maya and a dream. ...It is true that in one sense they are seen and discriminated by the senses as individualized objects; but in another sense, because of the absence of any characteristic marks of self-nature, they are not seen but are only imagined. In one sense they are graspable, but in another sense, they are not graspable. -Buddha
The multitudinousness of thought today is not allowing for any additional discourse on subjects other then technology and moving a glass studio.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Latte at home

I got these one at Wholly Grounds on SW 89th and Western. I hate to say it but it was lacking.