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“cross country” – meditation, or illusion?
Originally posted Feb 11, 2011
[ Updated 091519 ]
participated 011912 in dVersepoets prompt “Imagism”
especially in regard to the moderator, Victoria C. Slotto‘s, quote:
“Pound further defined an image: ‘that which presents an intellectual and emotional complex in an instant of time.’”
Original Intro 2011
below is a poem i wrote nearly 17 years ago, “cross country”
i didn’t know what i know now, and all i did was describe what i experienced, occasionally, when i ran what was then a distance for me, several miles, and would now be, a marathan 😊
posted on my old art site in 2007, i’ve incuded the short commentary i placed under the poem then
monday, valentines’s day, my wife sheila’s birthday, i’ll post “heart beats”
both poems will, eventually, help me write my next multi-part post, due tuesday: “meditation: am i doing it yet?”
Learning to pace is key.
Letting the thud thump
of one’s feet slip
skip into a heart beat.
Allowing the mind to find the eye’s
range into any distance.
Rough broken edges of rocks
soften. The round turns of
foliage and trees sharpen.
Green and brown and blue become bound.
One’s view and nature
grow balanced between the
thud thump heart-feet-beat
of one’s breath beginning to
settle easily through and out
the gliding body.
The floating consciousness
breathes lightly through the views.
And the countryside within and without
becomes covered, crossed and claimed
by one heart. One vision.
© 1994-2019 Felipe Adan Lerma
Commentary from 2007
Artist’s Comment: though many of my writings are more empathy/research based than experiential, this one is one i’ve lived and felt just like it’s written
though i didn’t go on to become like a devotee of the sport, i touched it enough to see and feel beyond the sweat and ability to eat more than i do now 🙂 i saw and felt the world around me, within
adan – december 15, 2007
Commentary from 2011
i just assumed, when i wrote my post-run post-poem artist’s comment, i was simply taking a mystic stance in the midst of science
so what is the consensus or expert opinion, is “cross country” meditation?
one answer, meant for yoga, but possibly also applicable for me, is from a guest author on the yoga lunchbox:
“Repetitive sequences may look limiting from the outside, but I find them enabling. They are like a container that supports me and continues to expand as I expand. Once I learn a sequence, I do not need to think about what is coming next or what I think I might want to do. My mind becomes more still as I just flow from one posture to the next. Outer structure leads to inner freedom…This is why Ashtanga is often called a moving meditation.”
sounds pretty good to me
but i don’t practice Ashtanga per se, i’m still experimenting…
so when i post my new series, “meditation: am i doing it yet?” next week, i’ll attempt to do so from a post-run post-poem post-artist-only viewpoint 😉
will it still qualify as a yogic viewpoint? maybe?
and what might my viewpoint be in 2020? what type of view point could it be?
a nano-point perhaps 😉
Commentary from 2019
Nearly 69 now, there’s so many levels I see my poem now –
- as a magical bio-creative-memory marker not only to the early 90s and my early 40s, but as a developmental perspective on my values
- and as a reminder, I didn’t consciously “know” what I ended up seeing in my poem when I wrote it – and yet, it was there
- and finally, how much of what I felt when I wrote the poem, and thought about when I reviewed it 13 years later, 17 years later, and now 25 years later, is still much the same!
- I just forget all that sometimes, until I re-read my poem, and review my commentaries, and end up thinking, “Oh, yeah, yes!” 😊
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