mushin || day 227: consistency 一貫

©2022 Michael Raven

a new approach:
contemplation
acceptance
deliverance

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.

mushin || day 226: repetition 反復

©2022 Michael Raven

wake up
shower
drink coffee
write
work
cook & eat
more coffee
cook & eat again
ponder & write more
sleep
dream
rinse/repeat

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.

inamorata

©2022 Michael Raven

between odds and ends
& the moonfall drawn down
inamorata, have you
dulled your razorblades?
no, doubts remain

my lips edge twilight
i struggle to recall
you shaping the nightsilver
moving thin, lean
between walls
seeking then
whatever you thought
you sought

was it anything at all?

mushin || day 225: prejudice 偏見

©2022 Michael Raven

the more obvious
difference between us is
how some people
insist on being asshats
& those who
insist otherwise

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.