memo to mind

Dear team-member:

 

It has come to our notice that you’ve been indulging

in speculation, prediction,

definition and generalisation

about

what it will be/is like after “awakening” occurs,

how to recognise an “awake” human being,

and even the degree of your own “awakening.”

 

 In other words, you’ve been snoozing on the job

and entertaining yourself in an indisious dream

in which you assume some kind of god-identity

and dish out judgement.

 

Not good teamwork, comrade Mind!

 

Speculation only serves to separate,

and we all know this team is a seamless unit;

seamless, spacious and silent.

 

What is your life about, anyway?
Nothing but a struggle to be someone.
Nothing but a running from your own silence.
– Rumi

 

We note that you get very edgy around silence.

(Your earnest claim of being no one

shatters silence as effectively as any “struggle to be someone.”)

 

Arthur Boyd, Sleeping Woman with Dragonfly and Watching Figure, c.1964

 

Dear comrade,

have you noticed

the iridescent miracle

hovering at the window of wonderment?

 

Are you aware

of the Beloved’s presence,

eyes bloodshot from its sleepless lifelong vigil?

 

Have you marvelled

at the way the life-stream flows on, inevitably,

without minding (without minding).

 

– – –

 

Please reconsider your function and report back.
Thank you.  You are a valued member of the team.

 


Arthur Boyd (1920 – 1999), Sleeping Woman with Dragonfly and Watching Figure c.1964
Pastel on paper, 48.5 x 63.0 cm


Apologies to Arthur Boyd for hijacking his artwork for poetic purposes.


 

4 thoughts on “memo to mind

  1. THIS HAS ‘PEEPED MY CARDS’ AS THEY SAY!!! WONDERFUL….WONDERFUL……MAKES ME LAUGH OUT LOUD WITH JOY AND RELIEF TO SEE HOW CAUGHT I CAN GET IN ALL OF THAT MINDING-MIND…..NOT A NEW REALIZATION, BUT THE TIMING OF ITS ARRIVAL ON THIS SCREEN TOTALLY SYNCHRONISTIC WITH THIS LIFE’S PRESENT HAPPENINGS! THANK YOU AGAIN MIRIAM…MORE THAN WORDS COULD EVER SAY!!!

    1. Haha Di. It was actually written as a memo from the trillions of cells that make up “team ml” – but the comparison of living a sane, awake life with an Olympic sport isn’t far-fetched!

      Perhaps it’ll turn up in another bit of writing – hmmmmm – thank you… 🙂

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