Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Yoga, Biking, and Booze


Sixty-six times have these eyes beheld the changing scene of autumn.
I have said enough about moonlight,
Ask no more.
Only listen to the voice of pines and cedars when no wind stirs.
Ryonen

Any system was a straitjacket if you insisted on adhering to it so totally and humorlessly. I didn’t believe in systems. Anything human was imperfect and ultimately absurd. What did I believe in then? In humor. In laughing at systems, at people, at one’s self. In laughing even at one’s own need to laugh all the time. In seeing life as contradictory, many-sided, various, funny, tragic, and with moments of outrageous beauty.
Erica Jong

...managed to make it to the 7:05 A.M. sit this morning...my first morning group meditation in many months...thanks, ultimately, to a long weekend of excess...insanely sweaty vinyasa yoga, biking, and booze in unseasonable heat and humidity, enough to knock me out hours earlier than usual last night, so that getting up shortly after the sun was no problem....this might be how the old Zen monks did it, but I sort of doubt it...

6 comments:

Silliyak said...

I follow the Erica Jong system religously

Meredith LeBlanc said...

...moments of outrageous beauty...
Yes!
In pain & in laughter, outrageous beauty is to be experienced.

the walking man said...

0705 is just about when I think about getting into my morning nap...maybe I should try copious amounts of alcohol and hot humid se--I mean weather for an early meditative experience.

Ed T. said...

I have been biking also and loving it. I should try beer and biking too. Except though the other day when biking and I got aggressively assaulted by a dog. I got a little upset at the owner but I was honestly scared. From now I will have to avoid that house. Not to change the subject but do you find it hard to be a good neighbor sometimes Dr. Jay?

The Clandestine Samurai said...

Hmmm.....I agree with Erica Jong, but I feel like there's more to be said about people and systems. Yoga, biking and booze is quite a combination. I usually combine my booze with cigarettes, junk food, and a movie on Netflix.

La Gitane said...

I love the Erica Jong quote! "Anything human was imperfect and ultimately absurd." - couldn't agree more - and what she says about systems.

Anyway, I reckon the old zen monks were all toasted all the time, just like the British ones - drinking beer or wine was much safer than drinking the water back in those days! :)