mushin || day 198: conservation 保全

©2022 Michael Raven

is ultimately
i still desire

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.

4 thoughts on “mushin || day 198: conservation 保全

    1. I need to find a way to measure if it is desire or need that drives my choices. I’m much better than when I was a teen or even in my 20s, but I still feel like I make some questionable choices based more on something that no amount of purchases can quell.

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      1. Yes, this. Often when I’m feeling extremely restless I find shopping the only thing that brings me back to myself-a fact I both dislike and understand. I’m proud to say my children are thrifty and not at all the type of consumer I was at their age. I’ve done a fair job of explaining to them from a young age how we are marketed to at all times-thoughts and material objects. Only I don’t know if I’ve modeled it as well as I wish I have. Perhaps it’s true-bad habits die hard.

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