mushin || day 139: marriage 結婚

©2022 Michael Raven

where the earth meets sky
-- that is where we'll meet

does anyone dare dream?

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 138: scholastic 学者

©2022 Michael Raven

The given word, scholasticism, seemed unnecessarily obtuse, so I shortened it to what the meditation given by the author had decided to actually write about.

looking to others'
thoughts for meaning
-- what a waste

a brown leaf
floating downstream
in the rain

that is the only
meaning needed

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.

stone song way/

©2022 Michael Raven

grey stone granite
river me river
push hands to sky
we will wait here
dancing the ghost
willow sun sway
crying coyote
river willow me
reaching outstretched
sweat arms raised
hey hey hey
show me that road
that stone song way

runepoem | 17 may 2022

©2022 Michael Raven

balanced on a
razor thin edge
eternal moment
only place where whole

Note: For the purposes of these runepoems, I randomly select three runes and consider the meanings of each rune as I interpret and understand them based on a number of different resources, which may or may not be in alignment with accepted interpretations. I am a rune enthusiast, not an expert or scholar. These “runecasts” are not intended to be treated as divinatory, although there are elements of personal alchemy and shamanic practice in the crafting of each poem.