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Mark Foote
Post title: The Necessity Is There
(Nov 17 2012 at 10:58 PM)

I have a necessity from one moment to the next, and that is what drives me to practice. True, I learned to practice believing it could help me sit up straight and pay attention. I was wrong about that. I thought maybe if I found what was really necessary to my life, then I could get on from there. I didn't realize that there isn't an "on" from there.

I hear you about coming in with goals and going out with goals and something happens in the middle, yet my fascination is with waking up or fall

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Mark Foote
Post title: Proprioception, From Latin Proprius, Meaning "One's Own", "Individual"
(Nov 10 2012 at 10:53 PM)

I am exploring how the hypnogogic states depend on the necessity of breath, how consciousness takes place spontaneously and the ability to feel opened through the place of occurrence of consciousness becomes the ability to feel the long and short of breath.

I'm talking about proprioception and the sense of location in space, and how that opens feeling that begins to reveal the necessity in the length of breath. I am cut off from feeling my own necessity until I can relax and let go; Cheng

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Mark Foote
Post title: Stretch at the Sacrum
(Oct 29 2012 at 10:21 AM)

My left knee was talking to me this spring and summer. I went down to Jikoji for Kobun's memorial, and brought home the book of Kobun anecdotes and stories that Vanja Palmers put together for the sangha (what a guy!). In the book, there's a story of how someone heard Kobun could get into the lotus without using his hands. When he was asked about it, he demonstrated that he could. Although I can't do what he did, if I aim to do that I find I can get in the posture without my knees talking to me.

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