Post title: The Eyes Are Open in Zazen (Reprise)
(Feb 11 2014 at 06:03 PM)
'...I would suggest that the eyes are open in zazen for their influence in resetting the vestibular sense and providing a continuity in the sense of location, yet in zazen the proprioceptive sense must be allowed to influence the sense of location almost as though the eyes are closed. It's a trick, a lot like falling asleep with your eyes open.'
Post title: The Eyes Are Open in Zazen
(Feb 4 2014 at 11:59 AM)
In the course of conversation, I put forward to a practitioner of medical Qigong that the experience of qi (chi) takes place in a state between waking and sleeping. He replied that he had once been in a lab hooked up to instruments while he practiced, and the folks watching the dials affirmed that he went through the first three stages of sleep with his eyes open. He agreed with me that this is the aspect of his practice that is difficult to teach, and said that his students get it through the p
Post title: Remembering How to Breathe
(Jan 20 2014 at 07:26 PM)
I've read that people who suffer from Alzheimer's disease die when they finally forget how to breathe.
It's taken me all of my adult life so far to experience action out of stretch and action out of the distinction of sense without the exercise of volition. As far as I can tell, it's all remembering how to breathe, as I never have before.
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