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mushin || day 120: openness 開放性

©2022 Michael Raven

not holding back
outside skies open
with the last april rain

This series of writing explorations that I call mushin are an attempt to grasp the concept of mushin no shin (mind without mind, 無心の心, often shortened to mushin, or “no-mind”). I am using prompts from 365 Tao, largely because they are Zen and Tao themes for meditation (which suits this exploration), not as an endorsement for the book from which they are derived. The daily prompts can be found in this table. Anyone wishing to participate is welcome to do so, either post your own response to the prompt below or post a link to your response in the comments.

octoberland/

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octoberland my heart
ashen ways cold
chill wind soul
painted hollow
blowing through brittle
i shade grey fade
sing song sing
calling to gallows tree
hey ho
here we go
into the night sky
into the songs
we sing

Feeling a little Bradbury

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Feeling rather Bradbury with a sudden urge to read all of his macabre (rather than his scifi) all over again.

I get these urges for authors every once in a while. Most of the time it is Heinlein, Salinger, Lovecraft (and kindred) or Kafka; occasionally Poe or Doyle.

Something Wicked This Way Comes has probably always been my favorite, but he’s got a few other collections of macabre that I’m itching to recall. It’s probably because I think of his writing while reviewing this ARC I’m reading. It’s the overall feeling of what the compilation is trying to get at (I think), rather than the actual contents. It’s the first thing that came to mind while thinking about what I was reading. And now I am obsessing about Bradbury’s macabre shorts in my head.

mushin || day 119: resources 資力

©2022 Michael Raven

everything
needed for this journey
is already here

need to break the
cycle of seeking
"out there"

This series of writing explorations that I call mushin are an attempt to grasp the concept of mushin no shin (mind without mind, 無心の心, often shortened to mushin, or “no-mind”). I am using prompts from 365 Tao, largely because they are Zen and Tao themes for meditation (which suits this exploration), not as an endorsement for the book from which they are derived. The daily prompts can be found in this table. Anyone wishing to participate is welcome to do so, either post your own response to the prompt below or post a link to your response in the comments.