My personal "Interpretive" Lens!
"One thing has always been true: That book ... or ... that person who can give me an idea or a new slant on an old idea is my friend." - Louis L'Amour
"Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider..." - Francis Bacon
"What is true today may be reevaluated as false not long after. Judgements are frequently based upon a set of "temporary" circumstances surrounding them. Conflicting ideologies can exist simultaneously. Antagonistic dualities are complementary aspects of a unified whole: are seen as mutually dependent mirror images of each other." - Nahum Stiskin
Warning, Caveat and Note: The postings on this blog are my interpretation of readings, studies and experiences therefore errors and omissions are mine and mine alone. The content surrounding the extracts of books, see bibliography on this blog site, are also mine and mine alone therefore errors and omissions are also mine and mine alone and therefore why I highly recommended one read, study, research and fact find the material for clarity. My effort here is self-clarity toward a fuller understanding of the subject matter. See the bibliography for information on the books.
Note: I will endevor to provide a bibliography and italicize any direct quotes from the materials I use for this blog. If there are mistakes, errors, and/or omissions, I take full responsibility for them as they are mine and mine alone. If you find any mistakes, errors, and/or omissions please comment and let me know along with the correct information and/or sources.
A person's heart is the same as Heaven and Earth while the blood circulating is similar to the Sun and Moon yet the manner of drinking and spitting is either soft or hard while a person's unbalance is the same as a weight and the body should be able to change direction at any time as the time to strike is when the opportunity presents itself and both the eyes must see all sides as the ears must listen in all directions while the mind must grasp all the tactual data not seen on all sides and not heard in any direction.
A person’s heart is the same as Heaven and Earth while circulatory system is similar to the cycles of the moon and sun yet the breathing methods are either hard or soft while one’s posture should allow one to advance, retreat, engage, and disengage as the body should be able to act in accordance with time and change so that one must enter a state of emptiness (mushin/zanshin) allowing the eyes must see all sides and the ears should listen in all directions while the mind must grasp all the tactual data not seen on all sides and not heard in any direction. - My rendition per translation from Andy Sloane Sensei.
Breath is an index of health and well-being. In Chinese medicine, Chi, is a measure of life force of the body, is assessed through examination of pulse (heart, blood, and circulation) and breathe.
The premise I propose is that connectivity is in all of the universe - nature. That to achieve a connection to all of the Universe it starts with breathing. A mindful breathing that results in present moment mind, no past and no future thoughts but simply present moment, now, mindfulness of the breathing process.
If we are able to practice this daily and in present moments through out the day we promote health and well being of the spirit-mind-body that translates to a greater ability to remain present moment focus and awareness that will serve us in all situations.
The mind-no-mind premise is actually a present moment mind. No allowed distractions with full focus and awareness in the now, this exact moment as it moves from moment to moment so that everything is seen and heard and felt as the moments move through the present. A moment does not become until it is present, the moment just in front of the present nor the moment just leaving the present is to be allowed space in that moment. Its shadow, its effect when in the present moment is the only thought that is like a shadow of the present yet it also instantly changes and leaves as each moment becomes present.
The mind and thus the body and by mind-body the spirit is present, focused, and aware that has the intensity to create affects that respond. This is mind-no-mind which is present moment mindfulness which is like the Tao-te-ching that cannot be adequately described in words but must be achieved in present moment actions. Its understanding and belief comes from the individual who has practiced it diligently and with present moment mindfulness.
A most difficult concept, idea, belief, etc. that can be obtained in spirit yet not held or seen or heard or felt. It is a state of being, a state of spiritual awareness of awareness.
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