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Mark Foote
Post title: Mind and Bones and Breath
(Aug 25 2012 at 07:11 PM)

Lately I am looking for something when I sit, and I confess it. This morning I sat at 3:30 am because the smoke alarms went off (for no apparent reason), and I looked for three things: 1) a sense of location in space; 2) a sense of pitch, yaw, and roll at the location of my awareness that extends and receives the ability to feel; 3) an inclusion in awareness of the feeling of inhalation or exhalation, and of the feeling of the length of the inhalation or exhalation.

I went back to bed, and wh

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Mark Foote
Post title: The Place the Zen Teacher's Action Comes From
(Aug 19 2012 at 11:44 AM)

We've all got our guiding lights, but it's the place the Zen teacher's action comes from that marks the living absence of a substantial self, that would be what has drawn me to Zen from the beginning. I'm currently convinced this place is where my awareness is right at the moment, although I might not be the best example to my peers.

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Mark Foote
Post title: Shift or Flow?
(Aug 12 2012 at 12:54 AM)

"When the impact of consciousness opens the ability to feel, and what is felt enters into the place of occurrence of consciousness, then the mind remains waking up or falling asleep even as the place of occurrence of consciousness shifts."


A friend writes, "Its the shift part that in my understanding is more flow than what shift implies as a jolt or abrupt change."

My use of shift (as in jolt or abrupt change) is intentional, even though in my practice it's the absorption and ease I so

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