Saturday, February 6, 2010

Clear Mind

Being able to attain a state of being where the mind is clear from thought is an interesting premise. It would seem that we are constantly thinking and projecting our egos onto the world. There are some people who believe that it is feasible to clear the mind and live in a higher state where we are no longer separate from the rest of the world. In my experience, the people who believe this to be true are enlightened or darned close to enlightenment. Most of the time I cannot even conceive of a time when my mind can be clear. Personally, it is helpful to read about the experiences of others and what they believe the clear mind to be. My interpretation can differ in many ways from the interpretation of wonderful poets. However, there is a certain quality in the words used that have a common ground with my idea of the clear mind....

Be a bud sitting quietly on the hedge.
Be a smile, one part of wondrous existence.
Stand here. There is no need to depart.
- Thich Nhat Hahn

To Have Done Nothing
by William Carlos Williams

No that is not it
nothing that I have done
I have done

is made up of
and the dipthong


together with
the first person

of the auxiliary
to have

I have done
is the same

if to do
is capable
of an
infinity of

involving the
and religious


for everything
and nothing
are synonymous

energy in vacuo
has the power
of confusion

which only to
have done nothing
can make

Watching the moon
at dawn,
solitary, mid-sky,
I knew myself completely:
no part left out.
- Izumi Shikibu

A Coat
by William Butler Yeats

I made my song a coat
Covered with embroideries
Out of old mythologies
From heel to throat;
But the fools caught it,
Wore it in the world’s eyes
As though they’d wrought it.
Song, let them take it
For there’s more enterprise
In walking naked.

Through these words the poets express that life is limitless in its possibilities of experience. Life is open to interpretation and the answer that we seek is not always the answer that another seeks. Maybe this is the way to enlightenment. We have to experience life the way we initially see it to be. Then we change our perception and open our minds to a groundless reality where we are connected to everything and nothing all at once.

Happy reading Anthology friends!


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Matt said...

Great post Greth. I have always thought that our egos are merely the crest of a wave on the vast ocean of our being, existent, yet only for a moment. It is truly difficult to calm the mind, and some teachers talk of the futility of seeking a clear mind, yet only seekers find. I love the William Butler Yeats poem!

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