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Alan Watts on Zen Meditation

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    Zen meditation is a trickily simple affair, for it consists only in watching everything that is happening, including your own thoughts and breathing, without
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      Zen meditation is a trickily simple affair, for it
      consists only in watching everything that is happening,
      including your own thoughts and breathing, without comment.
      After a while thinking, or talking to yourself, drops
      away and you may find that there is no "yourself" other
      than everything which is going on, both inside and outside
      the skin. Your consciousness, your breathing, and your
      feelings are all the same process as the wind, the trees
      growing, the insects buzzing, the water flowing, and the
      distant prattle of the city. All this is a single many-
      featured "happening," a perpetual 'now' without either past
      or future, and you are aware of it with the rapt fascination
      of a child dropping pebbles into a stream. The trick - which
      cannot be forced - is to be in this state of consciousness
      all the time, even when you are filling out tax forms or
      being angry. Experiences move through this consciousness
      as tracklessly as the reflections of flying birds on water,
      and, as a Zen poem says -

      The bamboo shadows
      sweep the stairs
      but raise no dust.
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