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Mark Foote
Post title: Sitting in the Full Lotus (comment, "The Tao Bums")
(Mar 26 2012 at 08:47 AM)

You can always sit half-lotus, or Burmese, meaning legs flat on the floor crossed in front. The movement of mind opens feeling, so long as you do nothing. The opening of feeling generates activity. I'm talking about the ability to feel, like when they run a pin down your leg to determine if vertebrae are pinching nerves in the lower spine; if your skin is numb in an area on the legs, there are charts to correlate that area with nerve exits between particular spinal vertebrae. So look for the mov

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Mark Foote
Post title: The "Intellectual Practice" (comment on Warner's Hardcore Zen blog)
(Mar 25 2012 at 11:54 AM)

Fred said...

"put aside
the intellectual practice
of investigating words
and chasing phrases,
and learn to take

the backward step
that turns the light
and shines it inward."

(Dogen's "Fukanzazengi")

Maybe Fred is here (on a blog, engaging in "the intellectual practice") because there is a potential for something like this:  I write words about waking up and falling asleep

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Mark Foote
Post title: Feedback from 'humbleone' in New York
(Mar 19 2012 at 10:32 AM)

"I wanted to follow-up with you and find out if you had any luck spreading the word about your practice?

I have taken it a bit further, experimenting it during the day. same practice, find the location of the consiousness.

It pulls me into the present. the feeling last 2-3 seconds, but it is something that I have never experienced before. being really present, here and now. the mental projection into the future stops, the past stops. I am just here and now. no future plans or worries. no

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