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Mark Foote
Post title: The feeling of mind
(Nov 2 2011 at 10:08 AM)

I've read that animals think in pictures. Also read that the followers of Gautama, the monks, were admired for being just like wild animals.

Lately I am cognizant of the feeling of mind, of thought. I sit and I sometimes relax into the activity of the posture, and toward the end of the sitting especially there's a definite feel to the edge of the stretch I find myself in. Sometimes I notice there's a feel to the edge of the thoughts I find myself in, I'm not too good at calming myself down b

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Mark Foote
Post title: Letter to a friend, about "Remembering Kobun"
(Oct 10 2011 at 10:15 PM)

I did finally finish my paper on Kobun Chino Otogawa. I hope it reads well for you, when you get the chance; nothing about mindfulness as a practice, but the root is the same:

Kobun on Zazen

I'm still working on the lotus, and this writing for me is a part of that; not everybody's cup of tea, but I hope it interests you.

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Mark Foote
Post title: from a letter to a friend
(Sep 8 2011 at 10:12 PM)

You know I'm big on waking up and falling asleep lately, but I can say that it helps me to encourage forward and back between the hamstrings and quads for stretch in the ilio-tibial band, and stretch in the ilio-tibial band can cause the sartorius and gluteus to turn the pelvis. About then I think, well, really all this action can be generated by the sacrum, and where's the forward and back and side-to-side at the sacrum?

And a dollar eighty, gets a cup of coffee.

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