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Mark Foote
Post title: Does Practice Deepen In Retreat? (Comment on Brad Warner's Blog)
(Nov 27 2012 at 05:32 PM)

Zen is about hypnogogic states, and these states are a part of everyday life that nobody recognizes. A stream of thought, a concentrated effort, falling asleep: hypnogogia reigns. The question is how these states are entered as a matter of course, and my answer is that they are entered out of necessity in the movement of breath, as the sense of place and the ability to feel respond.

In the cross-legged posture we put ourselves in a position where the sense of location and the ability to feel

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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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