Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Meditation and Poetics - 7

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Student:  Well, sometimes I think it's  [the practice of sitting meditation is] unfair.

AG:  Well, why?

Student:  I think there's some constructional concepts that you can hold onto,  that you don't have to put them all out the door.

AG:  Well, the constructional concepts we want to hold onto here are, we're breathing ...

Student:  This is what I wanted to get to.

AG:  ... and we're taking down the ... we're recollecting thoughts on the breath....

Student:  I had a wonderful thought about breath that I wanted to....

AG:  Are you registered in this course?

Student:  I... I...

AG:  Are you paying?  Is this for free, or are you paying to do this?

Student:  I'm thinking about it.

AG:  I see.  You're shopping!  Okay.  Go on. [Allen (conspiratorially) to the rest of the class] - Maybe we can suck him in!  Yes, what do you want?....  Go on..

Student:  (No), this glass of wine, and then concentrating on the breath, the sip, and then the release of the breath after the sip, is a nice way of thinking about that breath, too.

AG:  I'm not following.  Can you....

Student:  You take a sip of wine or a sip of water, and then you take a sip through your mouth and you release the breath through your nose. 

AG:  I see.  You're still hung on this thing from mouth to nose, instead.  It's a little irrelevant to what we're trying (to do here).  We're trying to simplify rather than complicate.

Student:  That wasn't complicated.

AG:  I still don't follow it.

Student:  (You were talking about) centering the breath by breathing..

AG:  No, I'm not talking about centering it, either. 

Student:  No?

AG:  I'm talking about just recollecting that you're breathing out your nose.  Breathe out the nose and recollect it when you can.  As a method. 

[Audio for the above may be heard here, beginning at approximately thirty-one-and-a-quarter minutes in and continuing to approximately thirty-three minutes in]     

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