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For The Angry and Grieving

Thinking of all those caught up in the event in Manchester last night. For all those who died, those injured and others who face death.

For the angry and the grieving.

Reflecting on Awareness in the Valley

There is the constant sound of water from a stream flowing just beside the place I’m staying. Gradually the sound fades into the background of awareness. Yes, aware still, however now the whole sound-scape opens up.

Now so focused on writing this the whole scape has faded even more. Just as would be normal. Now a monk comes and talks about the schedule for the week. Marvelously I remember to deliberately expand my awareness to the wider sphere (including the space behind me) while remaining aware of the audio/visual coming at me. Humans pull on exclusive attention like nothing else. Because?

Thinking now. Because there is a tacit expectation to interact? Even if nonverbal. Anyway, interesting to reflect on awareness. Could be the theme of the week.

Undivided Activity – Full Quote from Zenki

Bess with ball. Undivided Activity…..

Here it is, the whole quote I’ve been publishing over the last week or so.

Birth is just like riding in a boat. You raise the sails, row with the oar, and steer. Although you row, the boat gives you a ride, and without the boat you couldn’t ride. But you ride in the boat and your riding makes the boat what it is…
When you ride in a boat, your body and mind and the environs together are the undivided activity of the boat. The entire earth and the entire sky are both the undivided activity of the boat.

This post is for Bess and her person and all those who walk the fells. On two feet or four. May we all go safely watched over, as it were, by those past present and future who love. Unconditionally.

Earth Sky – No Gap

The entire earth and the entire sky
are both the
undivided activity
of the boat

This is the last section of the quote from Dogen’s Zenki. I’ll publish all of the quote tomorrow. However many times I visit these words they do not make ordinary sense. And I think that’s the idea, pointing us past what makes sense to a deeper truth that’s universal. It takes us out of ourselves while very much rooted in action.

The photo is from a walk called the Kentmere Round which I did on Monday.

Undivided Activity

When you ride in a boat, your body and mind and the environs together are the undivided activity of the boat.

It’s worth spending some time sitting with this. Really. Our lives as riding in a boat. Or riding makes the boat (living) what it is.

This photograph was taken about a month ago. A Regatta on the Thames.