mjj (flemmings) wrote,
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xsmoonshine has gifted me with an lj snail. It is indeed a cute snail. Thank you, qwerty!

Have been reading books on meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh. Randomly flipping through the one on guided meditations, I came to this passage from the Letting Go exercise:

Contemplating my desire for a cat, I breathe in.
Seeing the impermanent nature of a cat, I breathe out.

Ohhh. No little Fluffy for me. How can all those Buddhist monks be so happy? Mh well, possibly because the word is actually 'car' which presbyopic me only realized when I looked it up to type this.

Then there's this one:

Seeing the dead body of the one who makes me suffer, I breathe in.
Smiling to the dead body of the one who makes me suffer I breathe out.

Seeing the dead body, grey in colour, of the one who makes me suffer, I breathe in.
Smiling to the dead body, grey in colour, of the one who makes me suffer, I breathe out.

Seeing the bloated dead body of the one who makes me suffer, I breathe in
Smiling to the bloated dead body of the one who makes me suffer, I breathe out.

Seeing the dead body of the one who makes me suffer infested with worms and flies, I breathe in.
Smiling to the dead body of the one who makes me suffer infested with worms and flies, I breathe out

and so on until the guy is reduced to dust in the wind. While I can get behind the exercise big time, I'm not sure what the Buddhist point is. The instructions say 'We meditate to see the frailty and impermanence of those who hurt us. This meditation will dissolve our anger and foster love and compassion for someone we hate.' Mh. If you say so.

Otherwise have been rereading a lot of 100 Demons. DWJ indeed. Things get clearer on the thirteenth iteration. Sometimes. This time I noticed the psychic guy in glasses' remark to Akira about her maternal instincts, and then-- mhh oh yes. Explains a lot about Akira's relations to people and youkai. Also classic misleading in the Many Pieces of Aoarashi story. One keeps seeing a little youkai running about and assumes it's the one Kai lost, usually because it's Ritsu on the phone to Kai at the time. And of course it's the piece of Aoarashi that runs about the house and eventually gets into the haunted kimono and eventually gets back to Aoarashi. There are still five pieces that I can count, not four-- and even the pictures show more little pieces than four.
Tags: 100demons, lj, religion, rl_11
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