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170: time, a corporate job and meditation

The quality of time, the 'kinds' of time that occur during a day at my corporate job helps to think about the moments in meditation.   

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168: a story about thought and no-thought

I often clarify ideas for this podcast during my morning meditation.  But during meditation I am trying to reach a state of equipoise.  Surely, following thoughts and realisations is a Wobble away from that intent?  Indeed it is.  So how does the activity of 'ordinary Mind' fit with the objectives of meditation?  Are we trying to halt thouse thoughts?  Arrest the process of mentation?  

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167: dreams, sine waves and a testable hypothesis

A sine wave exists only because there is a periodic trough as well as the peak.  Maintaining equanimity through those transitions ( inhale/exhale...wake/sleep....birth/death)  feels like a testable hypothesis.

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166: meditation notes: Alan Watts, Being/Dying and a Head-Tailed Cat

Alan Watts wrote _The Book_ to plant a seed of an idea about the ongoing cycles in our Being.  What he calls the 'head-Tailed Cat' of 'GoWithing'.  How does this fit into meditation practice?  Let's see!! 

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165: Aurelius vs Larkin

Marcus Aurelius mirrors Socrates in his analysis of death - - Larkin categorically ( and in quite wonderful poetry) disputes.  

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164: meditation notes - the outcome will come out

Confidence in the outcome of scrutiny,  Authenticity and spontaneity will come out of the processes and practices of an examined life as surely as water on heat will boil.

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163: the joy of fiction

Why would I turn my efforts towards a 'magically realistic science fiction trilogy"?  What indeed!

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162: Socratic Aporia

Talking to Socrates often left his talking partners bewildered, dazzled, unsure of what any language or thought might mean.  We're given the word Aporia to describe this sensation. Socrates might say that a good life is one spent seeking out Aporia, and this podcast would agree.

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161: meditation notes - a trend line?

Can I create a trend line based on the resonant patterns that arise, abide and dissolve?  From the smallest thought to the longest pattern I can be aware of - - if I dumped that information into a spreadsheet and calculated a trend, what would my confidence be in those results? 

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160: journals, different types of...

Sometimes I journal simply for the pleasure of feeling pen on paper ( an excuse to collect cool notebooks and beautiful pens).  Sometimes I journal to track habits - I'm a fierce proponent of the premise that priority processes will make progress with 20 minutes a day religiously practiced.  I journal daily as a matter of hygiene, to listen to the noisy part of my brain.  those pages are discarded after monthly review.  And I have a creative journal that sits beside the piano and next to my Drinking/Thinking Chair to capture fleeting ideas that may become podcast episodes, essays or new composition.

What about you? Anyone keep a daily journal of their activity?

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