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Three Bells

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Three Bells

Three bells,
a call to quietness,
to sitting cross-legged 
on the green cushion, 
calming my monkey-mind.

Eyes open, 
breath balanced, 
taking in pain, 
exhaling compassion.
Breathe in–out again, 
aiming for no-thought.

I know I’m there
when the floor before me
begins to ripple
like still water
disturbed by a stone.
I am the water.
I am the water.

Three bells,
a call to awareness, 
to re-entering the world.

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  1. Date: 3/11/2013 11:27:00 AM
    "You should sit in meditation twenty minutes a day, unless you're too busy; then you should sit for an hour" - old zen saying... It's good practice to step outside yourself every now and then, I'm curious if the three bells you heard were a doorbell?

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 3/11/2013 2:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    The bells were literally that, marking the start and end of the meditation period. They are actually bronze bowls struck with a wooden mallet. Beautiful things, they are.
  1. Date: 2/8/2013 1:36:00 PM
    Beautiful and peaceful, I practice meditation at the temple, and this describes the zen place well, xxx

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 2/8/2013 2:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks1 I'm envious; There's no place to practice where I live.
  1. Date: 2/7/2013 3:39:00 PM
    great work

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 2/7/2013 5:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks again...