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Sitting Comfortably

May 16, 2019

Written for GirlieontheEdge’s Six Second Stories.
PROMPT WORD:  GOAL

Sitting Comfortably

In “Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life“, Thich Nhat Hanh says, “We sit to enjoy our sitting, we do not sit in order to attain any goal.” This was one of the most important instructions I read in regard to meditation.

When I first tried to meditate I was lost in a world of runaway thoughts where five minutes felt like five hours. I actually felt worse when I finished because I judged myself on my inability to meditate “correctly”, to define a particular goal and to cross over that undefined finish line where I would feel that I had ‘done’ something.

Then came Thay and suddenly it was easier for me to feel more comfortable with nothing but a breath.

Meditation still tests me, but when I sit to meditate now I know there is no right or wrong, no finish line, no goal, no “doing” – there’s just here and now and breath.

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To Misplace is to Lose

May 16, 2019

This is week 25 of Chelsea’s Weekly Terrible Poetry Contest and by all accounts it’s a very serious week.

Our Topic, therefore, is a regular item that we constantly misplace. Write an elegy to it. The most important rule is Make it Terrible.

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To Misplace is to Lose

Hark thee temper, I loseth
thee
free…
quentlee.

Careless me.

Lo temper, a canker-blossom
you’re really pretty awesome
and more so even if you could come
across some
patience.

Look at that car! Says my beastly patience crassly. Oops, lost.

These lousy lines aren’t moving. Obnoxious and clumsy patience, plump and scary. Oops, lost.

He was out at home? What? That flabby umpire is blindingly blind! Oops, lost.

My lusty patience. Silly and sometimes witty. Mysteriously mysterious. And imperious. Why so serious? You joker.

Oh proud patience: my paltry pretender of a painfully prickly persistence. Would you obey me if I didn’t mislay thee?

 

 

Weekly Song Challenge

May 13, 2019

This fun challenge is from Laura who says: I created this challenge just to have a little bit of fun. Music is my soul, so naturally I would create a challenge centered around it!! Let round 13 begin!! Let’s have some fun!

Rules:
Copy rules and add to your own post, pinging back to this post.
Post music videos for your answers to the musical questions.
Tag two people to participate!
Easy!

I love music and this is a challenge that’s difficult to ignore so I’ll jump in here on week 13. However, I’m not much of a ‘tagger’ so I’ll let that rule slide*!

 

1. Post a video clip from a movie that involves dancing.

2. Post a video of a song that makes you think of medieval times.

3. Post a video of a song about sex.

* If you love music and like to be tagged in these sorts of things then consider yourself tagged!

 

Mom

May 12, 2019

If you’re a mother, Happy Mother’s Day. If you’re not a mother than Happy Sunday.

Confidence

May 10, 2019

Talk about confidence, this guy’s got it with a capital “C”. I think I’m going to learn to sing so I can cover this song if the situation should ever present itself.

“Let me put my arms around you, oh baby please. Sit back and just relax and leave the rest to me. You ain’t got no reason to be nervous, I’m gonna give you the best of service. I tell ya what, lay you five to one, I’ll be your lover when I get done.”

 

Eyebrow

May 10, 2019

Today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt: EYEBROW

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Every time I look at my eyebrows I wonder what they’re really there for. I don’t look at my eyebrows a lot but more on that in a sec. I’ve read that eyebrows prevent sweat from getting in our eyes but mine don’t seem to do that because when I exercise sweat gets in my eyes. And when I walk in the rain my eyebrows are 100% ineffective at keeping rain out of my eyes.

Thinking of eyebrows makes me think of Frida Kahlo, Joan Crawford, Martin Scorcese, Bert, naturally Mr. Spock and of course Groucho. I also think of Bette Davis in “The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex” (and I only think of that because I recently watched the movie) because she didn’t have any. And I’ll give an honorable mention to Ernest Borgnine.

As to my eyebrows, I have what I consider relatively normal eyebrows for a man. Except for every now and then one strand will grow longer than any of the others. Sometimes it’s the right eyebrow and sometimes it’s the left eyebrow and it’s never the same eyebrow, it’s a random eyebrow strand that will just take off on its own. I think that’s a little weird.

Oh, yeah, I almost forgot – those links to the eight names I mentioned above? Eyebrowsed for those on the internet.

I wonder if –

May 9, 2019

Written for GirlieonTheEdge’s Six Sentence Stories

PROMPT WORD:  FOCUS

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I wonder if –

Some people move through life with grace and ease, like sexy passenger ships gliding through warm blue waters toward exotic destinations and wonderful times.

I wonder if they, those fortunate warm water gliders, ever think about those who don’t know warm waters: the people for whom life is just a little bit out of focus and fraught with worries and fears and doubts and tears.

The suffering souls, the ones who live in a world of sharp crags and blurry edges, who encounter danger and uncertainty and fear and not-so-wonderful times in every heartbeat and behind every shadow, I wonder who thinks of them?

Funny thing is, they can deceive, those with sharp crags and edges, because on the outside they can disguise themselves to look just like the sexy warm water gliders so that no one, not even others who live among dangerous shadows and blurry edges, are able to recognize them.

Those hesitant actors with their safely covered scars keeping their secrets hidden and safe. And insecure.

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