mushin || day 234: spider 蜘蛛

©2022 Michael Raven

she consumes web
with prey
spins it again tonight


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.


©2022 Michael Raven

resisting my
by force of will
i watch the weaver
work in beauty

We’ve gotten a European Garden Spider that’s taken up residence by the back door. I get extreme willies just thinking of her (she’s bigger than a quarter), but it’s been interesting watching her consume her web and rebuild it every night. And she moves like lightning.