ZenGlop The Podcast

ZenGlop The Podcast

Conversations with an aesthetic alien. A podcast about music, poetry and psychogeography. show notes and other material available at https://www.zenglop.net/zenglop/podcast/

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June 17, 2021 12 min
He who binds to himself a joy
Does the winged life destroy
He who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity's sunrise.

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The Habitual Body is like an exoskeleton of thoughts, preconceptions, karmic traces, emotions and aspirations. Some are obvious and familiar. Others are hidden and delicate but no less powerful.

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June 8, 2021 17 min
Perhaps Karma is embedded in the universe in the same way gravity, electromagnetism and Newton's laws of Thermodynamics. In which case why ask why? But still, I do.

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My dog (Reggie) died recently which makes me very sad and reminds of two other good dogs.  Argos ( who waited for Odysseus's return and was the first being to recognise him) and Kazak, the Space Dog, who along with Winston Rutherford phases in and out of the galaxy in a Chrono-synclastic infundibulation ( Vonnegut, Sirens of Titan).

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The quality of time, the 'kinds' of time that occur during a day at my corporate job helps to think about the moments in meditation.   

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The state of Bafflement gives rise to realisation, wonders, concerns, confusion, theories, hypotheses and notions.  I'd suggest that the intent of a dialogue with Socrates is to give rise to that phenomenon of Bafflement - rather than to actually answer any possible question.  And that this Bafflement is also the necessary precursor to approaching the role of the observer in Quantum physics.  

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April 22, 2021 12 min
The thinking mind is like the wind on top of Everest;  the birds flying around a mountain.  

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I often clarify ideas for this podcast during my morning meditation.  But during meditation I am trying to reach a state of equipoise.  Surely, following thoughts and realisations is a Wobble away from that intent?  Indeed it is.  So how does the activity of 'ordinary Mind' fit with the objectives of meditation?  Are we trying to halt thouse thoughts?  Arrest the process of mentation?

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A sine wave exists only because there is a periodic trough as well as the peak.  Maintaining equanimity through those transitions ( inhale/exhale...wake/sleep....birth/death)  feels like a testable hypothesis.

More episodes on  meditation notes here: https://www.zenglop.net/zenglop/meditation/

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Alan Watts wrote _The Book_ to plant a seed of an idea about the ongoing cycles in our Being.  What he calls the 'head-Tailed Cat' of 'GoWithing'.  How does this fit into meditation practice?  Let's see!! 

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April 1, 2021 18 min
Marcus Aurelius mirrors Socrates in his analysis of death - - Larkin categorically ( and in quite wonderful poetry) disputes.  

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Confidence in the outcome of scrutiny,  Authenticity and spontaneity will come out of the processes and practices of an examined life as surely as water on heat will boil.

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March 11, 2021 15 min
Why would I turn my efforts towards a 'magically realistic science fiction trilogy"?  What indeed!

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March 9, 2021 14 min
Talking to Socrates often left his talking partners bewildered, dazzled, unsure of what any language or thought might mean.  We're given the word Aporia to describe this sensation. Socrates might say that a good life is one spent seeking out Aporia, and this podcast would agree.

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Can I create a trend line based on the resonant patterns that arise, abide and dissolve?  From the smallest thought to the longest pattern I can be aware of - - if I dumped that information into a spreadsheet and calculated a trend, what would my confidence be in those results? 


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March 2, 2021 13 min
Sometimes I journal simply for the pleasure of feeling pen on paper ( an excuse to collect cool notebooks and beautiful pens).  Sometimes I journal to track habits - I'm a fierce proponent of the premise that priority processes will make progress with 20 minutes a day religiously practiced.  I journal daily as a matter of hygiene, to listen to the noisy part of my brain.  those pages are discarded after monthly review.  And I h...
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February 25, 2021 16 min
I have the habit on a Saturday afternoon to pour myself a bourbon, strike a match to light a pipe of Latakia tobacco and to thus apply myself to the study of whatever enthusiasm has taken me for the moment.  In the instant most recent, I happened to read a choice selection from Wordsworth, which I will hence share my thoughts upon  and a small selection thereof.  

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February 23, 2021 14 min
I recently rummaged through my bookshelf and came up with three books that turns out give a really nice sequence.  

Opening the Door to Bon by Nyima Dakota (an overview of the foundational practices for Bon Tibetan Buddhism)
The Awakened One A life of the Buddha by Sherab Chodzin Kohn ( a wonderfully clear representation of the life and awakening of Gautama Buddha)
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February 23, 2021 14 min
I'm enjoying the process of writing fiction.  That's a new kind of writing for me, I'm an essayist at heart.  What if I approach the thorny problems of life, the undeniable constraints and condition - up to and including the way it ends - with the same pleasure, joy and commitment that  I'm finding as I write a narrative with pencil and paper?  Isn't that the answer to Sisyphus?

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February 16, 2021 12 min
What are your experiences with 'writers block'?  When I find myself not writing, it is rarely when I'm looking at a blank piece of paper.  What gets written may end up discarded,  set aside into the archeological pile of draft notes, or re-used in a different context.  No, when I am not writing it is when I don't even sit down .  The space is there.  

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