Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Quite often the day's
Most blissful moments arise
In meditation.


The birds have vanished into the sky,
and now the last cloud drains away.

We sit together, the mountain and me,
until only the mountain remains.

Li Po 
(aka Li Bai and Li Bo, the Taoist poet)


Margaret Pangert said...

It is Ash Wednesday.
The phoenix rises again
From today's ashes.
(something of a nota bene to LiPo's poem).
I did see the Wild Parrots movie but looked up that quote. Really a wonderful movie.
Still on my list are In Bruges and Slumdog Millionaire, and then going back further, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Requiem for a Dream. And you?

Dan Gurney said...

At the top of my Netflix queue right now is that movie about John Keats called Bright Star. Neighbor from Temporary Reality suggested the Carl Sagan series which I haven't seen, so that series is on next the queue. It'll probably take me months because I don't see movies very often. One or two a month usually. No TV, and only a little bit of radio in the car. I'll look at a YouTube clip if a bloggy friend posts it, well only a fraction of those, actually.

The Pollinatrix said...

I love this post. Your haiku brought me a blissful moment just reading it.

The last two lines of the Li Po poem speak very strongly to me.

steven said...

dan, isn't it extraordinary to have the fortune to enter such a rich and silent moment. steven

Dan Gurney said...

Polli, I'm so glad that you had a blissful moment. I'm falling in love with Chinese poetry. I got three books of it from the library today. You'll see more of it in the days to come.

Dan Gurney said...

steven, I don't like to talk too much about my meditation practice because it behaves a bit like a muse. When I talk about it, it usually becomes more difficult for me.

But I DO feel grateful for my meditation practice which I've been doing for decades now, and enjoy it very much. Mostly, I just feel grateful for it and the many many ways it has benefitted my being.

Dayne Gingrich said...

That was such a powerful moment... and so silent at the same time!

Reya Mellicker said...

Bliss is not usually my experience in meditation. I struggle with all the hindrances. Sometimes I have what one of my teachers called "multiple hindrance attacks."

It's always worth it, though, for the self knowledge I gain, and the steady sense of being grounded in my mood of the moment.


Dan Gurney said...

Dayne, thank you. I'm enjoying more peace as I'm cutting back dramatically on my exposure to corporate media newsandinformation which amounts to toxic mind food--- which is parallel to corporate agribusiness's foodlikesubtances which amount to toxic body food.

Dan Gurney said...

Reya, for many years (and on occasion, even now) my experience of meditation was similar to yours.

What helped me deal with the hindrances as best as I can tell you are mainly: (1) I've been paying attention to sila (moral behavior, especially wise speech, and your post today says it all) and (2) developing concentration as distinct from mindfulness. These two shifts have reduced hindrances and produced much greater peacefulness and even bliss in meditation.

Linda Sue said...

Oh Mr. Dan, you are in for a great treat- the Carl Sagan series is EVERYTHING! The kids even have Carl Sagan nights and watch three at a time. They just sit, minds blown, sparkling like the star dust that they are, and they carry the wonder and awe with them into the next week. Then it is time for another Carl Sagan night.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi Linda Sue. Sounds good. It'll take me some time, but I'm looking forward to it.