mushin || day 96: constancy 恒常

©2022 Michael Raven

i have not found
a stillness within

i am still a man dreaming
he is a butterfly
flitting hither and forth
...or am i merely
a butterfly dreaming
he is a man?
artist undetermined (from online source), c. 1800-1825

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, as those given and explained in another post, 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.

6 thoughts on “mushin || day 96: constancy 恒常

  1. Hello Micheal,

    It is a nice way to do writing. To clear one mind and just let flow the word beneath the eyelid. I tried the two first “prompt” only thinking of the word… in my head, until some words began to follow suits.

    Still don’t know if I’m near comprehension of the concept, but it did work to some extend.

    May I ask you if you mind me posting my resulting poem onto your commentary thread?

    And thank you for a nice activity 🦋🦋

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    1. I think what I’m trying to get at is to not think too hard about what you write, but to just let it flow out, flaws and beauty together. I’m trying to turn off my personal, internal editor.

      Oh! Please do add yours in the comments or wherever you feel it is best to post it. If it goes elsewhere, add a link.

      It is always more fun when people join in with some of my madcap ideas.

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  2. Those first two lines are dense. I’ve struggled with meditation and finding the stillness, the quiet feeling dangerous and sometimes filled with ideas too scary to face. You’ve made me think 🙂

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    1. That’s a good observation about meditation. It can be scary at times. I look at it as an opportunity when I feel that way during meditation. To me it is a signpost about what I need to deal with.

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