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Mark Foote
Post title: "What really matters at the end of life"
(Sep 26 2015 at 07:25 PM)

Gazos CreekA friend of mine brought B. J. Miller's "Ted" talk, What really matters at the end of life, to my attention; here's a little bit of it:

"Over Zen Hospice's nearly 3 years, we've learned much more from our residents in subtle detail. Little things aren'

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Mark Foote
Post title: What was it?
(Aug 9 2015 at 05:21 PM)

Moon and VenusA friend wrote me this:


'Waking up this morning I had the clear realization of something rising with awareness from the lower dantian through the middle dantian, to the upper one as consciousness arose. I had precise awareness of the sensation moving through these points of reference. What was it? That's not happened to me before! I had been dreami

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Mark Foote
Post title: How so?
(Jul 26 2015 at 06:50 PM)

I wrote:


"Sometimes that activity of support for the fluid ball feels like this:

The empty hand grasps the hoe-handle
Walking along, I ride the ox
The ox crosses the wooden bridge
The bridge is flowing, the water is still"


A friend of mine asked me, "How so?"; I wrote the following in a late-night response:


'Bartilink says there's pressure in what he termed the "fluid ball" of the abdomen, even in just standing around. More so if you are lifting weight (he put something in

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