Strong for deliciousness

Is the flesh so weak
Or is it simply strong for
All deliciousness?

A friend of mine wrote this haiku in response to an assignment from a reading group we both belong to. We wanted to write some haiku after reading Krista Tippett’s chapter called “Words” in Becoming Wise: An Inquiry Into The Mystery And Art Of Living.

Here are some others, written by members of the same group.

Inspired by dogs:

My name is Xena
Must paw must paw must paw must
Get your attention.

By an OR nurse:

small pink intestines
bubble out of the body
I kind of like it

One who works in Manhattan (and thinks of the recent election):

These city streets lie
But not like he who roamed them
Thinking he owned them

I found it illuminating not only to hear the haikus, but to hear from people in the group how they were heard. We all admitted it was fun, and we want to explore doing it again. Highly recommended for a group activity!

In the next post I’ll share some of my own haiku from this assignment.

Sparkling Eyes, Good Posture

The warrior’s virtue or decency comes from this basic sense of well-being, free from any neurotic or habitual preoccupations. Decency here expresses a sense of joy, the joy of living, the joy of being alive.

So there is more to fearlessness than merely having overcome fear. Beyond that, when we speak of fearlessness, we are describing a positive state of being full of delight and cheerfulness, with sparkling eyes and good posture.

from Chögyam Trungpa, “Smile At Fear”

Try it – take your thumb, press it against your breastbone, and raise your chest up by an inch.

Just an inch!

An inch is all it takes to change your world, because an upright posture will release tension in your back and, as Trungpa points out, bring a degree of cheerfulness and fearlessness.

When I run my posture naturally improves. It raises up in just this same manner. No wonder I feel better afterward!

 

Through the Gap. Copyright 2015 Edward Obermueller

The Peace of Motion

Midweek Devotion #12

October 7, 2015

Let life flow through you. –Osho

The body and mind both need motion to thrive.

Feelings of happiness and peace don’t come from merely being still. The isolation and bodily deprivation of the monastery may be cleansing for a time, but eventually stagnation and depression will set in.

Ceasing all activity in the mind would mean ceasing to be, just as much as ceasing the activity in the heart. Depression is actually a protective mechanism, a signal that we need motion, we need change. It is a good reaction of the body to what it knows it is missing.

Through the Gap. Copyright 2015 Edward Obermueller

Through the Gap. Copyright 2015 Edward Obermueller

The word “emotion” comes from the root “motion.” It’s not just a matter of endorphins or burning calories. It has to do with the energetic basis for our whole being.

Motion helps bring the mind and heart together in a way that modulates our moods and directs our thoughts. Movement is a form of peace.

Take A GoodMinute

What motion is my body asking for right now?

How is motion related to emotion?

Share your thoughts here on how motion (or lack of it) affects your moods, your body, your mind, your spirit.

what you write on the body

Courage

Weekend Reading

Who knew it would take precisely two years from that trip to realize that I was living a life that was slowly killing me? That I was no longer driven by greed? That I wanted to live a life of my own design? That year was one of the worst I’ll know because in the span of a few months I left my job, my beloved Sophie grew sick and died, and I relapsed. Who knew that this journey into the dark, the deep, deep dark, would deliver me into light?

Since GoodMinute is about being honest, self-reflective and about coming back to earth emotionally and spiritually, I think it appropriate to share this post. It is refreshingly relevant, and will help anyone struggling with body image or body issues to reframe the issue.

As an artist and photographer whose subject matter is often the figure, I want to be sure that women are respected and made more confident, not less. Art should help us form better images of what is good, healthy, and beautiful. The photos here do just that.

Thank you, Felicia at live.life.eat for your courage, strength and beauty in being willing to share this.

Enjoy: what you write on the body

Stride

Midweek Devotion #5

August 5, 2015

The soul is merely a word for something about the body…’I’ you say, and are proud of this word. But the greater thing—in which you do not want to believe—is your body and its great reason: it does not say I, but does I.

—Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

We are not accustomed to thinking of our bodies as having reason.

The ancient Chinese perceived that each organ had its own governing system, its own “mind.” This governing mind was interconnected to all part of the self, including one’s emotions. The lungs, for example, are associated with grief, the liver with anger and depression. Acupuncture is built in part on this premise. Understanding how each organ’s “mind” works provides instruction on the stimulation of the organ and its meridians, which in turn promotes health.

In the West, beginning with Plato and finding salient expression much later in the French philosopher René Descartes (I think therefore I am), we have tended to look upon reason as being like a control tower, separate from the body and having its own essence.

Bodily Wisdom

Bodily Wisdom

Spirit and Mind are very connected in this view. The self, or soul, is an immaterial existing thing that is now temporarily attached to a body. Physicality then becomes about suffering; spirituality becomes about escaping the physical. Thus the ascetiscm and body-denial found in many religions, and exemplified in Christianity: Jesus must go into the desert for 40 days, we are told to “crucify the flesh.” Bodily activities are less pure than mental ones: better to marry, Paul says, than to burn with lust, but being celibate is an even greater achievement. And what is more pure than the Mother herself, the sexless virgin Mary?

Nietzsche wanted to turn this body denial upside down: “There is more reason in your body than in your finest wisdom.” Thus Spoke Zarathustra is a meditation on reversing the religious values handed down through the ages, and achieving a new sense of the power within each human being as creative selves.

Stride, by Helen Frankenthaller. Acrylic on Canvas, 1969

Stride, by Helen Frankenthaller. Acrylic on Canvas, 1969

Take a GoodMinute:

What practices help me return to the wisdom of the body?

When I say “I”, to what am I referring?

What did Aristotle mean when he said “The soul is the form of the body?”

Why is this topic important for Nietzsche, and why is it important for us?

How well do I listen to my own body?